hurray for springheel_jack!

I just got in the mail from him two books: Graham Greene’s Journey Without Maps and Tim O’Brien’s Going After Cacciato.

The Greene is wonderfully gloomy. Mr. G heads off to Liberia in the late thirties and wallows in the horrors of colonialism. Not only are things completely fucked-up, but reading it now I know how much worse they got. All of the gloom is worth it, though, for his prose.

Going After Cacciato is a wonderful novel that I read when it came out. I haven’t had my own copy (I read my dad’s) and hadn’t re-read it since, although I have recommended it to others. It’s a picaresque journey/magic realist fantasy set during the Vietnam war, but that doesn’t do it justice at all.

Thanks Nat! That was really cool of you!

nice things I got for which I am grateful

The aforementioned Alan Watts CDs which are all ripped to mp3 now!

The aforementioned Buddhist art books.

A 7 CD set of Jelly Roll Morton’s 1938 Library of Congress recordings. WOW.

A handheld food mill that purees small quantities of fruit or vegetables, etc.

A package each of concentrated chicken and beef stock.

An out-of-the-blue gift from Jeff, who is one of the numerous good friends I’ve never met.

Stumptown coffee and a beautifully handmade cup from vegemitelover, also totally unexpected.

A t-shirt my parents bought literally 15 years ago in Vancouver which has Haida native art on it, causing synchronicity wtf since I now host haidalanguage.org on my DSL box for torgo_x.