Archive for March, 2011

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Beware the Slides of March!

March 30, 2011

And so it transpired that clearing an in-tray of intended blog posts and potential ideas was nothing short of a crushing Pyrrhic victory. It seemed that having a number of unrealized ideas acted as a wonderfully motivating subconscious tool, a kind of carrot dangled in front of a merry, trotting donkey who responded by ever-plodding forward. The pieces on Predator and Miami Vice were initially conceived of before I started this blog and my approach was always to continually push them back and post something else in their place whilst only the titles of each sat there compelling my return. Now, with both of those posts finalized and on display, I find myself listlessly adrift in some wilderness devoid of ideas and purpose.

Additionally, I have acquired a new hobby in that I finally found the confidence to begin training in martial arts classes (Muay Thai and grappling). It’s all very new, and the most important thing I’ve thus far learned is precisely how unfit I really am, with the result that I have to pore over instructional videos on extra exercise, strength and conditioning techniques with which to subject myself to in the gym. Although I’m a complete beginner, it is immensely enjoyable and I’m keen to persevere and improve but it has taken my mind largely away from irreverent pop culture musings, Korean geo-politics, film reviews, and even the default filler potential of some K-Pop ramblings.*

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Read Redemption

March 18, 2011

Inadvertent hiatus. There are a number of excruciatingly banal and frivolous reasons for that but why bore you with the details? I offer no excuses and instead climb back in the saddle from where I shalt dispense that most challenging and byzantine form of online writing; a list! Not impressed? Thence I shalt deliver unto thee instead a list derived from another list!

Before I actually found the Time 100 list of the 100 best English-Language novels from 1923 to the present (as selected by Lev Grossman and Richard Lacayo), I first caught sight of a blog entitled 101 Books where a guy called Robert is detailing his ongoing quest to read through the entire list plus Ulysses. As of this writing, he’s twelve down with a mere 89 left to go and, impressively, he started in August last year.

I have the constant, (and I would argue, perfectly healthy) niggling fear that I simply haven’t read enough, that the esteemed moniker of being “well-read” is not something I qualify for. I have an equivalent anxiety when it comes to films also. Out of curiosity I glanced over the list yesterday to see how I fared in terms of what novels I’ve read that two dudes employed by Time reckon are the best since Time Magazine went into publication (1923). It turns out I’ve managed 17% of the list, which is better than I was expecting. My list of their list, goes like this – Read the rest of this entry ?