I want to admit something at the very start: getting back into this series is going to be a little rough. I read the first two chapters of V. about three months ago. As my long absence from the site may suggest, life got in the way of blogging. Suffice to say, work was a little overwhelming. There’s an odd symbolism to the timing of my return to writing longer pieces for the blog though. I’m actually sitting in the exact same spot at my parent’s house where I did the last bit of serious writing. That was back in December and I was writing a eulogy for my Grandpa. I’ve been slowly building up steam to return to Pynchon over the last few weeks, but it’s fitting that I’m hitting the reset button now. Continue reading “V. Chapter One – In which Benny Profane, a schlemihl and human yo-yo, gets to an apochair”
For your consideration:
Verlyn Klinkenborg at the New York Times on the decline of the English major.
Lee Hutchinson at Ars Technica has the story of how NASA rebuilt the F-1 “moon rocket.”
Adam Johnson tells the story of Kim Jong-il’s sushi chef at GQ.
Finally, Atlas Obscura takes a tour of the “Ruins of Super Science.”
Something New at 250
Welcome to Errant Reader!
Admittedly, it’s not new at all. A little while ago I realized that I had passed my 5-year anniversary with this blog and that I was almost to my 250th post. Despite my irregular update schedule, I decided that maybe I was actually going to stick with this blog and maybe it was time to register the blog’s domain name so that it was really mine. One problem: it turns out Errant Ventures is taken up by a property management company somewhere in Kansas or Kansas City or Arkansas or something with “sas” at the end. After spending far too much time contemplating the name change, I just settled on the title I was using for most of my long posts. It’s a fitting title since I tend to be eclectic in my reading choices and the blog tends to provide an eclectic set of topics for you (dear reader) to peruse. I’ve also set up another twitter account for the blog, @errantreader, for just blog related issues. Please follow me! (Note: I’m keeping my other twitter account as well. It’s just going to remain private.)
Anyway, here’s a picture of my dog looking cute in celebration of the big move. More posts on the way. As always, thanks for reading!
No Rock and Roll Fun
This video of Sleater-Kinney just came across my radar.
Thanks to I09, I came across the following video from Mike Oblinski:
Find more of his work here: mikeolbinski.com
Where does it lead to?
I’ve had this song from Cold War Kids in my head lately.
Glimpses of the Past
Here are two old color films that have been making the rounds online lately. One is of London in 1926 and the other is of New York in 1939. Both are stunning.
One More Hour 1998
Sleater-Kinney performing “One More Hour” back in ’98.
Via Kill Rock Stars
Just for fun.
via Comics Alliance
Errant Reader: Reminiscences & Reflections on V.
Let’s start by addressing the elephant in the blog: I’ve been a bit remiss in posting lately. The next few months are bound to be pretty busy (as has been the last month). I’ll be doing my best to keep up a semi-regular schedule of posts while my work and personal life settle down.
Continue reading “Errant Reader: Reminiscences & Reflections on V.”