Recommended reading

Yesterday I finished Cory Doctorow's Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom. It was decent. I was a little disappointed that the protagonist didn't die in the end. I like my sci-fi morbid, like 1984. (Before you object that Winston Smith didn't technically die in 1984, I'll say that in the end he loved Big Brother, which is a type of soul death that totally counts.) Speaking of protagonists, there's an allusion (what you hip-hop raver kids would call a "shout out") in DaOitMK to Neal Stephenson's Hiro Protagonist character from Snow Crash that make my geek sense all a-tingle.

Now I'm reading Roughing It by Mark Twain, which is TOTALLY HILARIOUS and would be thoroughly enjoyed by anyone I can imagine reading this. It's Twain's autobiographical account of his trip in a covered wagon across the frontier to the territory of Nevada. It's fully illustrated and unpretentious, reminding me a lot of Vonnegut's Breakfast of Champions, but with the brutally funny social commentary of David Foster Wallace's A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again.

Also, I'm playing a lot of Sim City 4. That's a good game.

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