I'm now reading The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr. I'm only about 50 pages in at this point, but it's an interesting read. Carr incorporates all of the latest in brain research data to examine how our actual thought patterns may be altered by the manner in which we browse the web. I hope to get some substantial reading time this weekend, because I'm already craving some fiction. I've been pondering a few classics that I've been meaning to get to, such as Great Expectations and The Mayor of Casterbridge. I've seen at least a few film versions of Hardy's tale, but I'd like to read the original. I don't really have any novels that are high on my "to read" list...except ALL of them!
As if I don't already have enough unread books on my plate, I recently started a list of favorite books that I'd like to reread. I've only read a handful of books more than once, including The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler, and Pan by Knut Hamsun. There are at least a half dozen more that I'd like to revisit in the coming years. It's been so long since I've read books that I consider favorites, that I'd like to refresh my reasoning for keeping them in a cherished place in my memory bank. Some of my early choices are: Desert Solitaire by Ed Abbey, Jernigan by David Gates, White Noise by Don DeLillo, and Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner. There are books that I read in my youth that I would surely disdain now, but I don't believe that the classics mentioned above are among them.
Lately, I've been listening to a lot of Frank Black, a.k.a. Black Francis, particularly the album Bluefinger. All of the songs on the album reference Dutch musician and artist Herman Brood in some way. Black's album Teenager of the Year is one of my all time favorite discs. Here is an interesting video for the song "Your Mouth Into Mine" from Bluefinger.