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My mad bitterness of a few days ago has quelled, so I'll have to get back to the rants some time later. But I'm sure I'll get there. In the meantime, let's take a little look at what Meg has been reading these past few months.

The Three Miss Margarets by Luise Shaffer:
I'm a sucker for southern women writers, I really am. I blame it on The Southern Experience, a class I took my junior year. I'm also a sucker for seeing my name in a title, so I picked it up. The book follows the story of (you guessed it) three elderly women all named Margaret (Miss Peggy, Dr. Maggie, and Miss Li'l Bit) and their history in the small southern town. It has a bit of mystery and a good smattering of social commentary and history (as southern literature is wont to do). Overall, it's a bit of a fluff piece, but it was worth the time spent.

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe:
This was recommended to me by my father 2 summers ago when I wrote a story set in San Francisco during the late 60s. I finally got around to reading it and....I don't know. There are parts in here that have an amazing amount of energy and I love the writing style of it. I love the ideas and the glimpse of what people were thinking (or not thinking as the case may be). It was interesting to see the difference between the east and west coasts and it made me want to move back to California even more.

Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk:
I feel like I got on the Chuck Palahniuk train way to late. Everybody else seems to have the shirt that says: Been there - read that. Even still, I am glad I've picked him up. I enjoyed the story of Lullaby better than I did Diary (which I'll talk more about later) and I really enjoy the idea of turning down the world. My generation is just too damn loud, we've been shouting at the top of our lungs trying to be heard over the background noise that makes up our lives but you can't hear what we're saying - just noise. It would be interesting to live in a world where the deaf are the only ones safe.

Life of Pi by Yann Martel:
I liked this book a whole lot but would have liked much better if Martel made it seem more real. Could this story have happened or not? No - it's fiction, it's like he doesn't quite believe it himself. However, it does circle around the idea of "the truth is easier to believe than the lie." There are things in life that I just KNOW, yet cannot prove. I don't fight my stance on these things because I can't prove them to anybody, but I just believe them anyways. So there's that.

Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk:
Here's my think with Chuck. The more I know about the story that he's writing, the more I'm going to be disappointed with how he took it. I was like this with Diary - I had heard the last half hour of it read while hanging out with Adam and I was so entranced with the idea of it and how it got to that point. When I finally read it, I was a little let down. The build up wasn't what I expected. The same goes with Survivor. Adam told me the plot to this book while we were standing in line to get dollar dogs at the ball game. It sounded SO COOL that I had to read it. And...eh. It was good, but not great. The idea sounded a hell of a lot cooler than how it was finally written. But it's still good.

I am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe:
I wanted to BEAT Tom Wolfe with this bible sized book when I was finished. I felt cheated by how he treated Charlotte in the end and I was annoyed with the stereotypes he displayed. This is almost the book that every mother reads and then fears about when she sends her first born off to college. However - there was some REALLY good ideas presented in this story, ideas that I can't ignore (such as The Conscious Little Rock) but goddamn it! Why does he have to get under my skin like that??

So that's what I've been reading. Next on the chopping block: Bonfires of the Vanities by Wolfe (I'm trying to figure out if he's just a journalist or if he's a bitter old man jaded because he's not cool enough to be part of the "cool" social hierarchy), Sirens of the Titans by Vonnegut (of whom I love), and Invisible Monsters by Palahniuk (when I find an author I like, I read all of their works. I'm scary like that).

Then? Who knows - what ever I can get my hands on to, I suppose. I want to branch into other styles, so if anybody has any recomendations - I am very open. Hit me up with some sweet literary luvin'
Life Of Pi was...alright in my book. I had to read it for class though so it wasn't really that pleasurable.

I enjoyed it and I thought it was good - but it wasn't GREAT. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I read it for a class, though, because I would have had more people to discuss it with. The questions in the back of the book were pretty lame and I would have loved to hear what others thought of it.
I have 2 books I want to recommend:

1) Jennifer Government by Max Barry -- It's a glimpse into a world with capitalism run amok, really funny and really smart.

2)The Nanny Diaries (I can't recall the author at the moment...two women wrote the book together) -- about a girl who's a senior at NYU who works as a nanny for an eccentric and selfish New York socialite...it's pretty light and a fun read.
didn't i send you the WPR book list???
It's about fuckin time you read acid kool-aid