Monday, November 7, 2011

In Which My Cat Tries To Maim My Landlord

Does this look like the face of evil?
So my sweet little cat is napping by the window--no, check that, he's coming over to curl up on my lap for a snuggle. And yet fifteen minutes ago, he was trying to find the highest vantage point in my living room so that he could leap onto my landlord, presumably to destroy her. He was making scary yowly cat noises and had already shredded her ankle. She said she was fine after I gave her some Neosporin, but to her I am now forever the tenant with the psycho cat. What gives, cat? Got a case of the Mondays?

After having it recommended to me multiple times, I finally read M.T. Anderson's Feed this weekend. I find it a little hard to get into books that have their own invented vocabulary like, "I didn't want to be null for the unettes on the moon, at the hotel, if any of them were youch." But after a chapter or so, you get inside Titus's head and get the rhythm of his dumb speech patterns: "I wanted to say something, like, something that would be, you know, something about how she was more right than he was." And then you realize that this book is extremely clever and thought-provoking, and you just enjoy the ride. My favorite excerpt:
"It smelled like the country. It was a filet mignon farm, all of it, and the tissue spread for miles around the paths where we were walking. It was like these huge hedges of red all around us, with these beautiful marble patterns running through them. They had these tubes, they were bringing the tissue blood, and we could see the blood running around, up and down. It was really interesting. I like to see how things are made, and to understand where they come from."
I can see this book being on future school reading lists--or is it already? It's a very successful addition to the Brave New World/1984 category of dystopian literature. Read anything great lately? Or are all you NaNo'ers on a one-month reading hiatus?

5 comments:

  1. I've been in such a reading slump, but this is one I have really wanted to pick up!

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  2. I did something unlike myself and bought a book online from one strangers review of it. This past week I picked it off of my shelf and began reading it. Yah, I'd say it's great. When a writer can turn an Amish person into a vampire without making it cheesy, it's pretty great. :) I'm almost done with Plain Fear: Forsaken and so thankful I bought it. :)

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  3. Your cat and my cat would get along well. Only my cat bites me in the morning to wake me up so that I feed him. He's also a black cat. Coincidence? LOL. I love him anyway...

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  4. I started 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami shortly before starting NaNo...it's now in limbo, haha.

    And cats are funny creatures! Haha, sorry, but I did laugh a little. I can see one of my cats going psycho like that.

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  5. And this why I own a dog. I don't know how to read cats. They are too layered for me.

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