I’ve had Our Kind of Traitor to be read since the beginning of summer. I meant to read it in time to see the movie, but I missed the movie in theaters and have only just finished reading the book.
It was…kind of a drudge. I mean, it wasn’t badly written, in terms of language and narrative. It was just dour in the way that Le Carre is. He’s got a particular world view that is present in all of his work as far as I can tell. (Or maybe just the few books I’ve tried?) And I find it to be less than engaging; it seems (to me) replete with casual misogyny, classism/racism, and a sort of Cold War remnant worldview. All of the characters in this book were cliches or stereotypes. There was an arc of sorts but little or no resolution. I need to remember in future that he’s not to my taste.
Apprentice in Death by JD Robb
Why can’t I quit this series? The story lines are stale or recycled. The editing is sloppy. Meh.
Today’s beach events have me wondering if social scientists have looked at beach etiquette. There are square miles of empty beach; why drop your umbrella two feet away from a stranger’s umbrella? Cell phones mean you can have that conversation anywhere; but should you have a conversation about what sounds like confidential work stuff while screaming over the waves and gulls on a beach full of strangers? What is the psychology or sociology that has people do this kind of stuff? Or smoke on the beach, or track sand on someone else’s blankets/towels, or play a radio without earbuds, etc?
One of my beachy neighbors failed to secure their umbrella today. As the wind picked up, the umbrella took off, whacking me in the throat with the pointy end hard enough to knock me down (I was standing and didn’t see it coming until the last moment). The underside of my chin has a huge welt, along with my cheek and the side of my neck, despite icing. I’ve got a weird throat/ear ache and it kind of hurts to swallow. If it still hurts in the morning, I may try to get a doctor’s appointment and head home early 😦
ETA: I’ve finished listening to the first of five sections of Middle March. The sections are based on size/time, not by chapter or book section. But it’s still further than I’ve ever managed to get when attempting to read it in paper or ebook. I like the reader’s voice, but I don’t really care about any of the characters so far.
I finished The Moor’s Account, which Rosario recommended. I liked it pretty well, mostly because the POV was novel.
At the library today, I picked up a copy of After by Anna Todd; it’s New Adult, which is not my favorite sub-genre, but the fact that its tag line is “wattpad sensation” caught my attention.
I’m so ready for hockey season to start tomorrow night. My first game is next week. And I’ve got tickets for an NWHL game 🙂
Saw Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls at Rams Head Live on Saturday and the 9:30 Club on Sunday. Beans on Toast and Skinny Lister opened; I’d seen BoT before but never Skinny Lister. I think their sound suits FT better than the other second acts I’ve seen at his shows before, which struck as a little too metal to be consistent with the sounds of BoT and FT. And I was pretty entertained by the squeeze box/accordion player, who rocked out, and the upright bass player who crowdsurfed during one song. I liked the set list slightly better on Saturday (it included “Eulogy”, “Worse Things Happen at Sea”, and “One Foot Before the Other”) than Sunday but enjoyed both shows. The sound was better at the 9:30 Club; at Rams Head, the bass and drums made the lyrics a little hard to distinguish some times, at least I found it so up on the balcony rather than down on the floor. I love that there is a tour flag traveling to all the tour stops independent of the band; it goes via fans. The dude who brought it to DC was in front of me in the line to get into the show. [I’m looking at his other tour stops and thinking hard about road trips. But since he’s going west, it’s probably not going to happen; if he were going up or down the east coast, I’d be seriously tempted.]
Pending the posting of grades (knock on wood), I think I’ve finished the ten credits for the certificate offered through work with Georgetown. At the point, I don’t think I’m enrolling in the LLM program; even with the 10 credits already earned, I’d have to take 14 more credits at $2,160 per credit (and climbing steadily), which is ridiculous, economically-speaking, since I’m not sure the LLM would necessarily earn the cost back. Over time, maybe, but it would only be done by changing jobs, which I’m not entirely sure I want to do at the moment or in the immediate future.
Anyway, although I hope to be finished with the certificate, I enrolled in one of the spring classes because I think it will be useful. And yet again Basic v. Levinson is assigned. It’s good law and I feel like I get better insight every time I read it. But I also feel like the dissent about fraud on the market theory’s idea that capital markets are efficient and/or rational is key. Maybe market structures are, but the actors in the market are human beings, who generally are not always rational or efficient. Which makes the theory wobbly for me. I mean, all you have to do is look at all the things the market got wrong, for one reason or another, in the last century, and the idea of efficiency and rationality kind of fades IMO.
But I’m not an economist or theorist, but a pessimist, so maybe this is just me being glass half empty.
And now that my homework for the week is finished, I can find fiction to read 🙂