drinking beer, in new york, in cellars

I'm getting a bit sick of Facebook. It's fun, but I've been feeling the need to read some online writing with a bit more depth, thoughtfulness, and (yes) length. Brevity may be the soul of wit, but wit does not, in and of itself, make for a really nourishing diet.

So, I started to poke around wordpress.com. There are millions of WordPress sites on the web, and over 300,000 of them are hosted at WordPress.com. I almost immediately found this post, which was pretty much about the reason I was there in the first place, the effect of lots of shallow skimming as opposed to "deep reading" (though that phrase itself makes me laugh, since it reminds me of "Deep Thoughts" by Jack Handey, and of course Deep Thought from The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy).

And then, in the most surprising bit of serendipity, I went to the Tags page on wordpress.com and, since I had already read quite a few posts about writing, I clicked on "movies" instead. And I immediately found this, a very good review of California Split, an excellent movie by Robert Altman (which I never did get around to reviewing myself). As I said in my comment on that blog, I think I will just link to that review on my movie reviews page, since the author said pretty much everything I would have said, and more.

Plus, my friend Beth has started a very interesting blog here. It's about "all the influences you’ve been told will turn your teen violent: the occult, violent video games, heavy-metal music, and more."

Oh, and I don't know if it counts as "deep reading," but I've started to re-read The Bostonians, which I'm already enjoying tremendously. I can't get through The Golden Bowl or The Wings of the Dove, but many of his earlier novels (before he got his "typewriter") were excellent.

Basil Ransom, on the occasion of his first meeting with Olive Chancellor, his cousin:

He couldn't believe he was one of her kind; he was conscious of much Bohemianism—he drank beer, in New York, in cellars, knew no ladies, and was familiar with a "variety" actress. Certainly, as she knew him better, she would disapprove of him, though, of course, he would never mention the actress, nor even, if necessary, the beer.

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