I won’t be posting anything for the next couple of days. I’m busy packing up all my stuff and moving out of my apartment. I leave for South Carolina tomorrow morning, where I’ll be with my family until Christmas day. And then I leave for Ecuador on December 26th. (Related item: my friend Peter sent me this excellent article about Ecuadorian new year’s celebrations.)
I finshed Harry Potter #1 and have moved on to #2. It’s ridiculous, but a few friends have rolled their eyes at my newfound love of J. K. Rowling’s wonderful books–and they are wonderful. To my friends and family who expect more from me, I say this: yes, I am, indeed, still a literary aesthete. But give the books a chance. They’re exciting and consuming and interesting.
Has the South taken over America? Michael Graham thinks so.
The New York Times Magazine‘s second annual Year in Ideas issue is excellent.
Here’s a funny site devoted to facial hair styles. Scroll down for illustrations.
I’m not afraid to admit it: I’m almost finished with the first “Harry Potter,” and I love it. Great book. Harry’s a compelling character; he and his friends get into cool adventures; and most important, it’s just a good story. So since my mind’s been drifting toward the Potter-inspired magical realm of late, I was interested to see the following. Web usability expert Jacob Nielsen says technological advances will one day make our world more like Harry’s. Or as Nielsen says, “In the Future, We’ll All Be Harry Potter.”