Wednesday, September 2, 2009

A Few Notes

-- I just finished a terrific book: “The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner’s Semester at America’s Holiest University,” by Kevin Roose. A student at Brown University, Roose spent a semester at Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University, in an attempt to better understand Evangelical Christians and their culture. He went undercover, and took classes just like any other Liberty student. It’s a fascinating book, and Roose writes really well (especially for a 19-year-old). It’s a page-turner!

-- Went to the grocery store last night (cashier’s name: Latorsha) and was once again appalled at the prices. Raisin bran is $6.69 per box; Progresso soup, $3.19 per can. Ah, Manhattan!

-- I tried to watch Derek Jarman’s movie “The Angelic Conversation” last night. I usually like films with an artistic bent, but I only got 18 minutes into this before I turned it off. There was no dialogue (only Judi Dench reading Shakespeare in stentorian tones) and lots of repetitive, annoyingly herky-jerky images that did not seem to say much. It’s possible to be too avant-garde, you know? I want that 18 minutes of my life back!

-- I switched to the very commercial “He’s Just Not That Into You,” which was OK, if somewhat depressing. I hope it wasn’t truthful about the straight dating scene. If so, people are vicious.

(Photo: Abandoned door outside a factory in Edison, N.J. Dave thought this door might make a good photo; I handed him the camera and said, “Take it!” So he did.)


  1. Yeah...people are in fact, that vicious.

  2. That old door has lots of stories to tell I'll bet. Dave has a good eye.

    Eat oatmeal. Make soup. I would refuse to pay over $6 for a box of cereal!

  3. Great photo! Dave obviously shares your eye! As for your adventures in the grocery, all I can say is they're hijacking your wallet! Barbara has a point...I have almost stopped buying certain things entirely.

    Sorry you did not like the rat tale. My limo anecdote is probably more to your liking.

  4. I was astonished at how cheap food is in San Francisco. Bought the most delicious canteloupe in the world at a corner market there for $1.99. Here these melons are $5.99. I kept saying, "How much?" because I was so astonished.