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Just finished reading the new Michael Connelly, The Brass Verdict. It’s as good as his other books. The guy is amazing — he doesn’t miss a trick. The surprises at the end were maybe a little over the top, but he does keep you turning the pages.

On NPR this week I heard Terri Gross interviewing some film critic or other about his Ten Best list for 2008. And I couldn’t remember the last time I went to the movies. All these great films have come and gone, and I missed every single one.

I have nobody to go to the movies with, that’s what it boils down to. But I don’t insist on the Big Screen Experience. Maybe it’s time for NetFlix. Pop a DVD in the MacBook Pro. If I can spare an evening to read Connelly, surely I can spare a couple of hours to watch The Dark Knight. The imagination needs its food.

I tried reading some¬†literature this year — Vanity Fair, if you want to know the truth (Thackeray, not the magazine). It was utterly charming, up to a point, but about the time the main characters all set off in a jolly cavalcade to fight Napoleon, I got bored and dropped it.

Then, at a Solstice party this week, some people were talking about Nietsche, so I borrowed a fat book of his writings. I dipped into Beyond Good & Evil, which my friends assured me sets forth Nietsche’s philosophy most cogently. I found it utterly impenetrable … but perhaps worse, there was not a crumb of illumination that made me feel the effort required to follow the thread of his rambling discourse would be repaid in any coin I care to hoard, or spend. (This metaphor has been intentionally run through a Cuisinart.)

Yeah, NetFlix is sounding better all the time.

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