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Valentine’s Day

I have an odd schedule, my work week runs Saturday-Wednesday. This means I typically am a very happy person on Wednesday afternoons, I’m that lone person that hates Friday nights, and that I have today off. It’s as enjoyable as you’d expect – despite the cold and snowy weather (better for reading?). Anyone doing anything fantastic? I’ll be eating Sexy Pizza (it seemed appropriate for nothing whatsoever) for dinner, I wish I was kidding about the name. Pizza isn’t sexy, though that does not diminish my love for it (though, by default, it increases my love of running). And then many thanks to Julie for the gorgeous cards that SHE MADE (envelope and all) because she knows I have a geeky love for maps.

Your song for the day: Wilco’s I’m Trying To Break Your Heart (it’s all about the last line)

Valentines

Can’t stray too far from books. Here’s an excellent quote from American Gods. Did you know that there are still several drive-in movie theaters in Colorado? Did you also know that Colorado is the healthiest, thinnest state in the US?

I can believe things that are true and things that aren’t true and I can believe things where nobody knows if they’re true or not.

I can believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny and the Beatles and Marilyn Monroe and Elvis and Mister Ed. Listen – I believe that people are perfectable, that knowledge is infinite, that the world is run by secret banking cartels and is visited by aliens on a regular basis, nice ones that look like wrinkled lemurs and bad ones who mutilate cattle and want our water and our women.

I believe that the future sucks and I believe that the future rocks and I believe that one day White Buffalo Woman is going to come back and kick everyone’s ass. I believe that all men are just overgrown boys with deep problems communicating and that the decline in good sex in America is coincident with the decline in drive-in movie theaters from state to state.

I believe that all politicians are unprincipled crooks and I still believe that they are better than the alternative. I believe that California is going to sink into the sea when the big one comes, while Florida is going to dissolve into madness and alligators and toxic waste.

I believe that antibacterial soap is destroying our resistance to dirt and disease so that one day we’ll all be wiped out by the common cold like martians in War of the Worlds.

I believe that the greatest poets of the last century were Edith Sitwell and Don Marquis, that jade is dried dragon sperm, and that thousands of years ago in a former life I was a one-armed Siberian shaman.

I believe that mankind’s destiny lies in the stars. I believe that candy really did taste better when I was a kid, that it’s aerodynamically impossible for a bumble bee to fly, that light is a wave and a particle, that there’s a cat in a box somewhere who’s alive and dead at the same time (although if they don’t ever open the box to feed it it’ll eventually just be two different kinds of dead), and that there are stars in the universe billions of years older than the universe itself.

I believe in a personal god who cares about me and worries and oversees everything I do. I believe in an impersonal god who set the universe in motion and went off to hang with her girlfriends and doesn’t even know that I’m alive. I believe in an empty and godless universe of causal chaos, background noise, and sheer blind luck.

I believe that anyone who says sex is overrated just hasn’t done it properly. I believe that anyone who claims to know what’s going on will lie about the little things too.

I believe in absolute honesty and sensible social lies. I believe in a woman’s right to choose, a baby’s right to live, that while all human life is sacred there’s nothing wrong with the death penalty if you can trust the legal system implicitly, and that no one but a moron would ever trust the legal system.

I believe that life is a game, that life is a cruel joke, and that life is what happens when you’re alive and that you might as well lie back and enjoy it.

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  • http://picturemereading.wordpress.com picturemereading

    Ahh! I LOVE Neil Gaiman SO much! I stood in line for four+ hours to get his autograph!

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory O’Connor

      I like him, I really do, but I don’t know if there’s any author I could stand in line for four hours for. Not even Stephen King (I feel blasphemous even saying that). The longest I made it was two hours for GRRM.

      I do hope Neil Gaiman makes it to Colorado, assuming he tours for his new book this year.

      • http://picturemereading.wordpress.com picturemereading

        I remember reading on his blog that it might be his last tour so I hope he does! I am a hopeless fangirl what can I say LOL

        • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory O’Connor

          If it is, I will stand in line for four hours. I was willing to stand in line for GRRM because I’m always afraid he might pass away before he tours again.

  • http://www.bkclubcare.wordpress.com Care

    That is a pretty awesome quote. I really enjoyed American Gods. I have yet to get to Anansi Boys but it is up SOON.

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com Rory O’Connor

      It really is, I love it. I’ve not read Anansi Boys either, also on my TBR list (and I’ve now given up hope that I’ll ever read everything I want – it will only happen if books stop being published and even then probably not).

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