A Shiksa on a Mission

Balaboosta (n.)(bah-lah-b00-sta) A Yiddish term meaning the perfect housewife
I'm a shiksa on a mission...
It may not be perfection but it's the journey that counts

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Poetry of Debt

Felt the need to share this book.

I read the Financial Lives of Poets by Jess Walter because it was just sitting there, staring at me. I had forgotten that Reg read it and said I would like it. Now I kick myself because I could have already been through it and several of his other books which is exactly what I want to do now that I'm done with this one. I love the feeling of finishing a book and wanting nothing more than to inhale everything else that person has ever read. I felt like that after reading Atonement by Ian McEwan. I felt like that after reading White Teeth by Zadie Smith. I felt like that after reading The World According to Garp by John Irving. And so many more. I don't always love everything else but I do like the feeling of propulsion towards more literature. It's like a high and I need another fix.

This story is about a man who is lost in a world of bad career choices, financial debt and the sinking feeling of absolute failure on its way. And it's really engaging and surprisingly sweet even though it's pretty dark. I wanted to read it every spare moment I could find. Shorter days in the Pacific Northwest means I could realistically hit the hay earlier and earlier just to wrap up in the warm quilts and this clever story.

And now I'm onto another one.


Nerd Implosion

I'm spending countless hours (actually I could probably count them but it feels infinite right now) walking my puppy for training. Some walks are short lesson walks and some are long please wear out soon walks. On the longer walks, I usually listen to some music or a podcast. Yesterday I listened to The Nerdist (one of my favorite podcasts) and the guest was Neil deGrasse Tyson (the coolest astrophysicist ever). The convergence of two of my nerd loves was so overpowering that I had to share. I just love NdGT for his love of knowledge and science but most importantly his love of the journey.

If you are like me and need something to keep you walking in the cold (or not so cold) November air or you are inside and warm but also a big geek, then listen to this podcast (but feel free to skip the ghost story in the last 20 minutes--it was just an added little thing for Halloween).