Everyday Semiotics

Friday, January 02, 2009

Year in review

Here's how I did on my resolutions for 2008.

Part I -- General
- go to New Hampshire more often
- break diet less frequently than in 2006 and 2007
- maybe get a new laptop, one with an "n" key and working CD reader/writer and that doesn't sound like a 747 getting ready to take off (now a proud Mac owner)
- start Gravity's Rainbow reading group after Ulysses group wraps up
- new glasses
- read more than last year
(6 of 25)

Part II -- Books to read that are already on my self
- Goethe, Faust, parts One and Two
- LeGuin, The Disposessed (again)
- Hirsch, Cultural Literacy
+ Stoker, Dracula
+ Boudreau, Packing Inferno
+ Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49 (again)
+ Ghosh, Sea of Poppies
(3 of 25, with 4 new acquisitions)

Part III -- books not on my shelf
- Dick, The Man in the High Castle
- LeGuinn, The Lathe of Heaven
- Lem, Solaris
- Essential X-Men vols. 4-6
- Russ, The Female Man
- Zemyatin, We
- Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
- Boccaccio, The Decameron
- Pullman, The Golden Compass
- Sacher-Massoch, Venus in Furs
+ Gilgamesh (on tape)
+ Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter (on tape)
+ Pullman, The Subtle Knife
+ Pullman, The Amber Spyglass
+ Beowolf (on tape)
+ Lovecraft, "Call of Cthulu"
+ Lem, The Futurological Congress
+ McCarthy, No Country for Old Men (on tape)
+ More, Utopia
+ Lem, The Star Diaries
+ Pynchon, Slow Learner
+ Goethe, The Sorrows of Werther
+ Lem, Memiors of a Space Traveler: Further Reminiscences of Ijon Tichy
(9.5 of 25, with 13 additions)

Part IV -- movies
- Solaris (Tarkovsky)
- Casino Royale
- Borat
- The Goonies
- Sixteen Candles
- The Lost Boys
- Harold & Maude
- No Country for Old Men
- Galaxy Quest
- Wall-E
- The Dark Knight
(11 of 25)

Part V -- music
- Springfield Symphony Orchestra (Nov. 8; Bolero and Rachmoninov's "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini")
- Who Killed Amanda Palmer
- Liars
- Les Savy Fav, Let's Stay Friends
- The Streets, Everything is Borrowed
(5 of 11)

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