31 May 2009

Video of the Chamblin Bookmine

Wow. Here's a video of the Chamblin Bookmine, a used-book store of epic proportions in Jacksonville, Florida. I would love to wile away my time there. It's difficult for me even to limit my Idle Time visits to an hour - and Idle Time Books is many, many times smaller than this place looks to be.

The aisles of the Chamblin Bookmine remind me a little bit of the "Five and a Half Minute Hallway" from Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves. Eerie, almost otherworldly... A hallway that knows not the bounds of physical bounds nor human perception. The Borges quote inserted into the video doesn't exactly interfere with that strangeness, either.

24 May 2009

Star Trek film

My day off today - just returned from seeing the Star Trek film (out now in theatres) with some friends. I wanted to post quickly to recommend it, as a non-Trekkie, to anyone looking for an entertaining film. Plenty of excellent CG, and packed full of action with a solid cast. It was pleasantly surprising for me, someone who has probably never seen an entire episode of the Star Trek series before. It's directed by J.J. Abrams, aka the co-creator of the Lost series.

Sundays are excellent and it feels great outside. Cherish these fine fleeting moments before the humidity moves in full-force.

21 May 2009

Sriracha Chili Sauce

Okay, I realize I'm obsessed with Sriracha sauce (aka "rooster sauce" or "cock sauce"), but I'm finding it's not that uncommon to be... check this out: the New York Times article about it, "A Chili Sauce to Crow About," is presently the #1 most emailed article. What! To its credit, however, it's a good condiment for practically anything - obviously in pho noodles, but also atop any savory rice dish or mixed into other sauces. And new visitors to our house almost unfailingly comment on how great the stuff is. Sriracha-users seem to be pretty enthusiastic fans!

11 May 2009

This school year = complete. One more year for me. Time to start on my summer reads!

And a link for ya'll. Here's a neat YouTube-based collaborate music project called In B Flat. These videos seem to harmonize well no matter what order in which you start playing them. Sounds pretty atmospheric, art-school... it kind of depends on which you choose, though. I can't really figure out what's going on with the Nintendo DS there - is the game console itself making the noise?

05 May 2009

My present self reading with past self, who had written for future self.

Just some musing during my re-read of The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien:
High school literature class. Learning the language of archetypes, of parallelism. Listing notes on syntax, emulating the rhetoric, claiming recognition of a "transferred epithet." Scribbling that in the margin a half-page above an unfinished meditation on juxtaposition of -

A re-read is an instance of
notes expounding upon notes,
a book carrying a weight great
with pen-ink and trailing thoughts.

(Also confer Billy Collins's poem, "Marginalia.")