Tuesday, August 24, 2010

it's my birthday!

Today is my golden birthday - I'm 24 on the 24th! I worked a half day and then came home to find that Robert had been decorating with balloons! He's really cute.

I'm *this* tall today! This picture is very shady.

Tonight there will be a little party, and a big cheesecake and lots of fun! 23 was a pretty good year for me. Let's see what we can do with 24!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

move your feet from hot pavement and into the grass

A few nights ago, I had the pleasure of seeing Arcade Fire play at the Ryman Auditorium.

If you don't know about them, you pretty much need to. Hands down the BEST concert I've ever been to.

They're so talented and full of energy - between every song it seemed like they would run around and trade instruments.

These are just a few of my favorites, but I made a flickr album with all the rest! Go check it out if you're interested -- I think I got some pretty good shots!

A few days before they came to Nashville, they played in New York and it was broadcast live. We watched that and got really psyched for the concert we were about to go to. You can check out some of the videos here, to get a feel for their shows. It was just the neatest thing I've experienced! Being at the Ryman was a big part of it: that's the first time we've been there, but it was AWESOME. It's actually an old church, full of rows of pews. So you can sit down if you like, but when everybody is rocking out during the show, you don't have to get too close to any strangers. Pretty neat!

Their new album The Suburbs is really wonderful! And I will admit that I feel a silly kinship with it because Win Butler grew up in The Woodlands, Texas, and I lived there for a while. I actually spent most of my childhood just south of there. So although many of the sentiments could apply to any old suburbs, they were inspired by the suburbs of Houston - those are MY 'burbs! Haha.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

book review: the people of paper

It's finally time for another book review for the Slow Readers! We're just now finishing up our 3rd book: The People of Paper by Salvador Plascensia. I've been reading along the whole time, but I was too lazy [/didn't feel very compelled] to post a review for the last book. This one was worth writing about.

The book is written from many different points of view: sometimes a character will get an entire chapter, while other chapters are divided into 3 columns on each page, all focusing on different characters in the book. Once you get into that flow it's not too hard to follow, even though new characters are introduced throughout the book. There were some very exciting characters, like...

The literary structure isn't the only interesting thing -- there are also a lot of neat formatting surprises tucked away in the book. I was always happy to discover them.

I won't go into the plot, because it might give away too much for anyone who hasn't read the book and is planning on it. It's definitely something that makes you think quite a bit. Some readers on the forum were talking about taking notes and trying to read it again to gain more insight. I think it would definitely be worth a second read, once you understand everything that's going on in the book.

One of the biggest themes I noticed in the book was sadness, and how each character seemed to have their own cure. But the cures all seemed self-destructive, as if there's just no escaping the sadness. Overall, it could easily be said that the book is about mourning.

But it's very surreal, and that's what kept my interest. I don't think I could read a book about lost love if it didn't include binary code by a mechanical tortoise.

There were some sweet parts, and there were a lot of not-so-sweet parts [even some very ugly parts], but all in all it was enjoyable and thought-provoking. I can say no more since Robert is reading the book now, and he already informed me that I spoiled it by telling him some other things. Oops!!

Can't wait to see what's next for the Slow Readers!