Tuesday, July 24, 2007

The Sigh Heard Round the World

Whew! Mom read Armadillo Season and didn't hate it. Actually she liked it. A lot. Why do I sound surprised? Well...AS is set in a small Texas town not unlike the one she happens to live in. The content is about race and what happens when you are suddenly not who everyone thought you were. It's not like any of the characters are real people or anything, but you know...a borrowed mustache here, a character trait there. I was worried she was going to think I was commenting negatively on people she knows, or the town (it's not actually set there) or even the whole state of Texas. But she didn't.

I love David Sedaris, and whenever I travel I listen to one of his audiobooks. If you've never heard David Sedaris Live at Carnegie Hall, you owe it to yourself to go out and get a copy. Hilarious. Anyway, he has a bit about how he is just a junk collector who reuses the junk the he finds along the way. The only problem is that the junk that he collects is bits and pieces of other people's lives that he picks up dusts off and uses as it suits him. People start to not tell you things after a while.

On this date: In 1911, Machu Picchu is discovered.

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