I’m in the middle of a heated argument with a 10-year-old and I need to clear this up: is “penalized” pronounced PEEnalized or PENalized? Or both?
This kid is adamant that he’s right and I’m wrong. He is an extremely smart kid.
But I happen to know that he pronounces Chic-Fil-A “Chic-Fil-UH” because he’s only read it in a book, so this isn’t really his area of expertise.
I’m excited to read it! I don’t know anything about it but I’ve seen it everywhere and a coworker recently recommended it to me…
Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
This quote kinda sums up the whole book.
I really don’t understand why my library’s online catalog insists on being absolutely clueless. No matter what title I search for, that title NEVER appears until the second or third page of search results. In fact I can never figure out what the first list of titles has in common with the search term I entered.
Example: I just searched for Oblivion and selected “title” (i.e. not keyword, not author…) — of course if I’d included the author’s name it would have pinpointed the book immediately, but still. You’d think “I want a book CALLED OBLIVION” would be enough information, wouldn’t you?
Here’s the list of search results for Oblivion, in order:
1. The Transformers. The complete first season.
2. Common sense on mutual funds.
3. Genocide and the Bosnian war.
4. Total oblivion, more or less. (Okay, at least this one actually has the word “oblivion” in the title…)
5. Until the last man comes home.
6. Our lot: how real estate came to own us.
7. A slobbering love affair. (This one contains all the LETTERS in oblivion, shuffled around…)
9. The best American spiritual writing.
10. I shot a man in Reno.
11. Zombie tales.
12. What men still don’t know about women, relationships, and love.
Last night instead of reading a million books I watched a billion hours of TV. The apartment is too quiet when it’s just the cat and me! Plus, one of the characters on Parenthood is a kid with Asperger’s, so I can count it as work-related research. And Peter Krause is in it, and his wife reads in bed while guilt-tripping him into having date night.
On the agenda:
- Baking something decadent and eating THE WHOLE THING.
- Reading, reading, reading.
- Just generally being a lazy slob.