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As it so happens…

August 15, 2004

Today’s flash of inspiration. Someone should hire Hank Azaria to do a reading of The Iliad for an audiobook. Homer reading Homer. How amazing would that be. The only thing that would make me happier would be a production of Hamlet starring Gilbert Godfrey, Richard Simmons, and William Shatner.

In life, well, I’ve been doing a lot of laundry this weekend, and I think prolonged exposure to dryer sheets has dulled by wits. I hate laundry. Its enough to make me envious of the dogs.

And I finished Harry Turtledove’s latest novel in his “what if the Confederacy won the Civil War?” saga. It begins in 1941, so you can probably imagine the subject matter (hint, it begins with ‘World War’ and ends with ‘Two’). As usual, Turtledove’s writing can be a bit wearing (he’s very repetitive with his character traits), but the characters themselves and the story is top notch. You have the USA going it virtually alone (Germany has its hands full in Europe) against the CSA, Britain, France, and Japan. You have a blitzkrieg in Ohio, a Mormon uprising in Utah, bombing raids over Philadelphia and Richmond, and an emerging holocaust in the south. The majority of the characters are by now fictional, but there are some big names from history making appearances as well – including some guy in a wheelchair, and some hardass with ivory-handled revolvers. I’d recommend it, but its one of those things where you really need to start at the beginning – so instead check out How Few Remain

I’ve started my next book, which is about the 1912 election that, as the author claims, defined our modern political parties. Twenty pages in, its excellent.

And, in my own writing, I’m now forty-eight pages into Chapter XII. Its going well, but there aren’t enough hours in the day!

One Comment leave one →
  1. Mark permalink
    August 16, 2004 2:45 pm

    Homer Reading Homer….. that’s some funny stuff……I wanna hear Homer Simpson say “Telemachus”

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