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I like books.

On occasion, I like to see how many books I can read at the same time without becoming thoroughly confused. Right now, I'm still going strong at 5.

The list:
Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
Glenn Gould: A Life and Variations by Otto Friedrich
Time's Arrow by Martin Amis
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
and, for good measure, a collection of short stories.
(not to mention heaps of poetry by the delightful Seattle-based Sarah Mangold)

To be fair, I've already read Time's Arrow, and I've read the entire Harry Potter series more times than I will admit to. I still find it interesting that, when I let my mind wander, certain book events will start to mix and mingle and reach new proportions of ridiculousness. There is the obvious WWII connection between the Guterson and Amis novels, but after that things get a little more bizarre. For instance:
  • Glenn Gould loses an arm in the war and becomes a newspaper journalist.
  • Harry Potter attends the Royal Conservatory of Music and has to play offensively difficult contrapuntal exercises to pass obstacles in a giant maze.
  • The sheriff takes Carl Heine, Jr.'s body from the morgue and tosses it off the side of the Susan Marie.
  • Dr. Tod T. Friendly suddenly declares, "I can outlast the cupcake eaters." (which would actually sound something like, "Sret-ee cakepuck uhth t-sal-tou nack I.")
I make reading more adventurous.

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