For the Week of May 24 (so technically starting tomorrow):
Read this passage from the Talmud: "When the fetus comes forth into the air of the world, what is closed opens and what is open closes." I believe that's an apt metaphor for what's going on in your life, Sagittarius. You're leaving behind a situation that has nurtured you even as it has bound you. Ahead of you lies a scary freedom that will flood into you with a pleasurable shock. Welcome to the brilliant shouting mystery of it all!
Obviously this is about them canceling "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip".
I have been reading the two books I picked up during our 14 day (read: 6 hour) wait in the airport on our way down to Daytona a couple months ago. One was "Haunted" by Chuck Palanhiuk (which had its good moments but - if all the stories were written by different people, at least a moderate change in style or tone would have been called for) and "Snow Crash" by Neal Stephenson. This was recommended to by a lot of different people because I enjoyed William Gibson and I actually made it all the way through "Cryptonomicon". Twice.
I'm more than half through "Snow Crash" and it's definitely quirky (the main character is named Hiro Protagonist) and has an - if not unique - very definitive and complete view of the world in the future. He's smart not to put a date on it. But whereas Gibson's novels managed to always make sense in a "far off in the future" way some of the gadgets Stephenson employs are already dated, which makes them distracting.
He, again, still, always, can't write a female character to save his life. He's definitely hung up on the anime-wet dream of a katana weilding cyberpunk. And he's managed to get into the idea of a "metaverse" (think secondlife.com) but still can't let go of the concept of physical data storage.
Anyway - I know where the whole thing is headed at this point. It's entertaining and as long as I don't really think too deeply about any of it it won't annoy me. That's one thing that was great about Greg Egan. You couldn't help but think deeply about his novels and the more you thought about it the more intriguing it all got.
(I just attempted to open up a page in another tab and the whole browser crashed. So YAY for auto-draft saving in the web-client, LJ. Good job.)