Friday, March 17, 2006

Pop Culture Roundup

This past week I read Choke by Chuck Palahniuk. He's also the author of Fight Club, if that gives you a point of reference. It's a novel about a man named Victor who pays the bills for his mother by pretending to choke on food in restaurants and then mooching off his 'saviors.' The book touches on some great themes such as addiction, illusions of goodness and independence, and what we think we know about people. Expect it to be satire in the same vein as Fight Club, right down to disregard for convention. Now I'm about 60 pages into Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut. At first it seemed kind of scatterbrained (which fits my experience of Vonnegut in general), but now we've settled into a narrative.

We finished Buffy Season 6 this week, and I maintain last week's 'shark-jumping' comment. Spike gets his soul back at the very end. We've never had a storyline featuring a vampire with a soul before. No, never. And all Dawn contributed to this season was storming off to her room a lot. I've seen part of Season 7, and from what I remember it gets better again. We're on to Angel Season 3, which means we have to go back through some Buffy mourning and then continue battling Wolfram & Hart. And, of course, I watched the first episode of The Sopranos Season 6 last Sunday. It was fairly slow-going, and then the end happened, which caused me to sit straight up on the couch and scare the cat. I won't share anything in case someone still hasn't seen it who wants to be surprised. And you will be.

Music-wise, it's been a pretty eclectic week. A little Phish, a little Relient K, the soundtrack to Last Temptation of Christ (featured during our Maundy Thursday service again this year), and a couple Relix sampler CDs.

Without Authority has been added to the bloglist.