Archive for November, 2009



Over the moon (and then some)

Published on 11 November 2009

So wow, yeah — I am engaged!
And I’m a little surprised at how thrilling and swoonifying and altogether exciting this new circumstance actually is.
Because I did this once and it didn’t turn out so well and so spent many years a bit jaded and such. And it’s not as though I felt I needed a […]


Book review: The Time Traveler’s Wife

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Audrey Niffenegger’s novel The Time Traveler’s Wife isn’t the sort of book I’d expect to enjoy. In fact, I did everything I could to resist its premise for the first half or so, until I finally realized how much I liked the characters and wanted to learn what happens next.
Why was I so convinced that […]


Thoughts on rereading Infinite Jest

Published on 5 November 2009

Or, wow, how did I miss so much the first time?
The bigger themes of choice vs. fascism, the paradox of infinite choice, the cycles of pleasure/satisfaction and pain/craving, the whole Marat-Sade angle, Hal as Hamlet paralyzed by indecision, the glorious hilarity of the Eschaton section, the incredibly satisfying Gaudeamus Igitur (i.e., Mario’s ONANtiad section), the […]


Bad transit

Published on 4 November 2009

A new report on the MBTA finds that three-fifths of my commute is made of fearsome limb-rending deathtrack.
One example of an unfunded project that received the maximum safety score of “10” is the floating slabs and tunnel leak repair project between Alewife and Harvard stations on the Red Line.
This $80M project involves the complete removal […]


This is rather nice

Published on 3 November 2009

Has everyone already seen this?