Fiddlers, Stanislaw Lem, The Golden Bough and Donuts

July 6, 2007

It’s quite dead here at the office today, so I’ll probably escape leave early and go get a haircut or something. Thrilled? I’m sure you are. I knocked out the yardwork early on the 4th, so we’ve got a clean slate for Saturday and will probably head to a local fiddling competition. The weather should be good and the kids will certainly get a kick. We will, too, for that matter.

Movies and books: Speaking of kicks, we’ve more kung-fu with Knockabout, and A Night At The Museum will probably show up in today’s mail. We’re also expecting a motherlode of books from Amazon for the older kids’ bedtime reading. For the moment, I’m amusing them with individual chapters from The Cyberiad by Stanislaw Lem. There’s nothing funnier than two robots building things and beating the tar out of each other. You can read one of the stories online here, if you’d like to get a sense of it. The wordplay is fascinating, and made positively astounding when you discover that this is a work translated from Polish.

I’m dipping into The Golden Bough at random and trying to get through the magazines. As a literary touchstone, it’s invaluable. As anthropology, not so much.

Food: the only thing definitive for the weekend is that we’ll hit one of the local donut shops  on the way to the hootenanny.

Dunkin’ Donuts and Krispy Kreme, they are dead to me now.

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2 Responses to “Fiddlers, Stanislaw Lem, The Golden Bough and Donuts”

  1. Pete Says:

    Night at the Museum was pretty good.

  2. fosco Says:

    Alas, it didn’t show in the mail. I think everything is a day or two late because of the holiay. We fell asleep during Knockabout.


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