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Monday, January 19, 2004

Too much going on

I hate my job. I have to redo a huge project and it is not my fault. Actually, I am glad that it is not my fault, but it is still a big pain. I am in the middle of reading several books at the moment: I have been working through Emma by Jane Austen. I feel like I should like it because it is considered good literature, but the truth is, I am having trouble getting into it for two reasons. First, having seen the movie Clueless about 15 times, I know exactly what is going to happen in the book the minute each character is introduced. Second, I feel like the book is just 19th century wedding porn, which is exactly the kind of books that I have been trying to escape lately. I just don't see any major difference between Emma and Last Chance Saloon by Marion Keyes. Maybe I am wrong, but I think Jane Austen was just the beginning of a really long trend. A friend suggested that I read Brave New World by Aldous Huxley because she wanted to discuss it with me. The premise is similar to The Giver by Lois Lowry, which I recently read, a utopian society that has been engineered to "perfection." The book keeps surprising me, so I am going to wait until I finish it to post my full review. I also started The Odyssey by Homer. I have scheduled a visit to St. John's College this week to decide if I really want to go there for grad school, and I am sitting in on a class that will be discussing The Odyssey. I figure I will probably end up reading the whole thing, because it has been on my list anyway. So far, I have only read the first book, but so far I am finding it easier to follow than The Iliad, but I am not sure if it is because I know a lot of the characters from having read The Iliad or if it because I have gotten used to reading more difficult language and it is becoming more easily understandable to me. During my visit to St. John's, I am also sitting in on a class on Plato's dialogue Meno. I am really looking forward to it, because I read the dialogue on my own for my class last semester but I never got a chance to discuss it and I thought it was extremely interesting. Other than books, not much going on in my life. I am still having major trouble my glasses and have to go back to get a new prescription. Wish me luck!


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