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now i'm reading "armed struggle: the history of the IRA" by richard english. pretty good so far. and very objective. non of that: "bad, violent IRA -- must be spanked!" but also no psychotic "kill anyone for the cause" mentality. just got through the first couple of chapters, but so far nicely done.
at the same time i'm reading a book i was supposed to have read in high school "the great gatsby". now i know why it's so hard to digest the canon of western literature. granted, this isn't an old, great book but it's still held in high regard. and yet i have to deal with this asshole who lives in a big house, cheats on his wife and reads racist literature. why am i supposed to care? granted. i just started this, too, but still...
well. i'll finish it anyway. i'm not one to walk out on a movie or completely give up on a book very easily. it might take me some time, but i'll get back to you about it. perhaps i should read some WEB DuBois to balance it. or Hunter S. Thompson to craze it up a bit in honor of his memory.
i watched television yesterday, but not as much. i'm trying to talk myself into a reading jag. i also have an idea for writing. i plan to use a box or bowl and write ideas for scenes on a little pieces of paper. i'll pick one out each day or every other day and do 1,500 words on it. any suggestions are appreciated. they can be ideas for fictional characters or something as simple as: "write what you remember about the first house you lived in". perhaps i'll post what i write to the communities i'm in. though they weren't very vocal about the last bits i posted. oh, well.