man reading digital New Yorker on hanukkah day 2 has 22 thoughts
1. Is it worth the money?
2. I feel guilty if I’m not reading at least three times a week because of all the money. Very tough to read everything you need to read. It’s depressing, like Christopher Hitchens dying or Schopenhauer or some of the things he said.
Buying books would be a good thing if one could also buy the time to read them in: but as a rule the purchase of books is mistaken for the appropriation of their contents.
4. The digital New Yorker keeps writing about Christopher Hitchens out of respect but you can tell the writing is a little guarded, still bitter about Hitchens Left-2-Right turn and his steadfast support for the War in Iraq.
5. Shouldn’t I be adding links? If you are going to talk about something digital, please add links, you miserable cur.
6. Will Blake Butler do one of those “Look at all these fucking books I read” list this year? That list always makes me angry and unsure of myself. Then I think, “Well shit, he has insomnia, maybe he’s reading a lot at night?”
7. I’m surprised no one has talked about James Franco yet. He hires his professors into Hollywood jobs. He maybe got a professor fired because of a D grade? I don’t know.
8. If you have any fucking sense, you’ll want to read Christopher Hitchens on James Joyce.
A century later, the literary world will celebrate the hundredth “Bloomsday,” in honor of the very first time the great James Joyce received a handjob from a woman who was not a prostitute.
10. Not being able to read all the books I want to read makes me think about dying.
11. Here is when Christopher Hitchens went and got water-boarded.(He finds out, yep, it is torture.)
12. I hope these links work. I hope they don’t just work for me because I have a digital subscription to the New Yorker.
13. Would Christopher Hitchens admire Tim Tebow? That would piss all his liberal friends off, too. Yes, Tebow’s religion is fair game for discussion.
14. This profile of John Gruden in The New Yorker has proven to be very popular. It’s also a great example of the changes over the years in the magazine. This profile is clearly shorter, less interesting, and less revealing than profiles of even a decade ago. Wow, Gruden studies a lot and is intense. Well, no shit.
15. Feel like it is OK to talk about sports.
16. An English professor vehemently defends James Franco.
17. Sports bars seem more expensive than regular bars.
18. Feel like it is OK to read books and not talk about them. Or to watch a sporting event and never discuss that sporting event with another human being.
19. This photo of Tim Tebow and a friend is very popular online. Mostly it is used in posts criticizing the young quarterback. The subtext of the photo is supposed to make us think something about Tebow, and I find this interesting. What should we think?
20. The Year in Not Reading.
21. I think I did OK, with the linking I mean.
22. Christopher Hitchens died the day the war in Iraq Ended.