February 21st, 2010

Whale fluke

Good language in my diet, plus other pleasures of Nabokov

Been reading my second Vladimir Nabokov: his novel King, Queen, Knave, which I'd glommed onto at some point in recent years. I'm still reading as many of my so-far-unread books as possible, to see if I'll keep them or sell/donate them. Seemed like a good time to read something richer-languaged than much of what I've read lately; I mean, Larry Niven's fun (I just read his SF detective fiction The Long ARM of Gil Hamilton), but his language isn't rich. And there's the pleasure in this book of Nabokov describing scenes in ways that never would've occurred to me to write. Helps that he was a genius. Also a funny genius. He referred to "senile mosquitoes" and I get what he meant.

It also helps that, this time, this is a Nabokov novel where the sexuality doesn't make me deeply uncomfortable. Yes, the first Nabokov I read was Lolita: great novel, classic for a reason, and I remember feeling the slime practically oozing off of Humbert Humbert. Tough read, but I'm glad I read it. And so far, 87 pages in, I'm glad I'm reading this.
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I have a plan. *Possibly* cunning enough that I could stick a tail on it and call it a weasel.

Friends of mine who aren't always in the Northwest will soon be in the Northwest.

I am preparing to see them. And preparing to travel to do so.

I've signed up to attend both days of Seattle's Emerald City Comic Con, March 13th and 14th. I'll get to see kradical again, and maybe I'll get to meet -- let's see the Media Guests page -- Leonard Nimoy, Wil Wheaton, and The Man Stan Lee! Plus lots of other geek-related peeps. This is worth a road trip.

I also plan to travel into Washington the next weekend. My friend S.J. "Sooj" Tucker (a.k.a. s00j) is going to be around at that time, touring with her group Tricky Pixie. Her Portland show is the Saturday of Emerald City Comic Con, and teleport technology isn't where we want it to be, so...another road trip it is! I can make it to her Friday, March 19th Olympia show. I'll leave right after work that day to make it.

I already have my crash space arranged for both trips (thank you, Washingtonian family members!). More arranging will happen soon. I hope about a month from now to say "I love it when a plan comes together."
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Treats today included:
  • Driving because I can.

  • Getting comics (using a list to be sure I didn't get comics I already had) from the Hollywood Things From Another World and Cosmic Monkey Comics.

  • Having two doughnuts at the NE Voodoo Doughnut, where I sat for a while enjoying the people and the decor. (Since the NE store is larger than the original downtown store, it has room for a coffin-shaped bench, a jukebox, a hockey table with plastic food stuck on top of the players, and a pinball machine based on Bram Stoker's Dracula.)

  • Having a half-sandwich ("What kind of sandwich ain't too fattenin'?" "A half a sandwich") at Grendel's, a coffee-and-sandwich shop I like.

  • Driving more, because I can: over to NW Portland including the Montgomery Park building (a neat, and coolly remodeled, Montgomery Ward warehouse), the I-405/I-5 loop because I wanted to drive over the top decks of both freeway bridges (why not?), over briefly to the Oregon Zoo, then home. I didn't drive at all for months last year, and lately I've mainly done functional driving (groceries, mainly), so it felt liberating to, as I said, drive because I can.
  • It was a beautiful afternoon in Portland during all of this, by the way, which made it treat-ier. Yes, I'll let that be a word.