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  •  Started reading Gore Vidal's Burr (16+ / 0-)

    and I'm kicking myself for not having done it sooner: it's awesome.  Vidal's sense of humor is like a long-aged poison of great vintage: I'm savoring every drop that he pours out to his least favorite characters.  My dry spell of less-than-great reading experiences is officially broken.

    After I'm done I want to go back and see how historians assessed the novel: what he got right, what he got wrong, what he fudged for literary purposes.  It's clear he has some biases (Vidal does not care for President Washington, that's for sure), but the research seems so meticulous in places that now I want to follow the paper trail and see how he got there.  Such an unexpectedly fun, hilarious book!

    Also looking forward to the last last episode of Futurama tonight.  That poor show - without doubt the nerdiest show that ever aired on television - has been through so many cancellations and re-starts that at least this time it can go out on its own terms.   'Tho it'll be hard to top one of its previous almost-finales, the sublime "The Devil's Hands are Idle Playthings", which is still my favorite of the series.

    Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

    by pico on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 05:56:12 PM PDT

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