Sunday, January 22, 2006

conversation at dinner

someone brot up the fact that one of her friends was getting married, but the friend's mother was disapproving of the guy that the friend was getting married to, since she was a real bitch and didn't really approve of anyone or anything. then it was mentioned that the friend's brother had gotten married without telling the mother, because of what a horrible bitch she was.

anyways, my mother turns to me, and says: "is that why you haven't told me about your girlfriend? because you're afraid of what i'll think?" (note: i don't have a girlfriend.)

and i respond: "yeah, that's rite. my girlfriend is black." (note: i love people of all colors, but many traditional chinese people don't.)

she says: "i wouldn't care. your mother is very progressive, you kno?"

i say: "oh really? are you now?"

she says: "yes, as long as you aren't gay."

i say nothing in response to this. i take another swig of wine.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

is james frey fauxtistic too?

i read half of james frey's a million little pieces some time ago and i had to stop because it wasn't interesting and the writing was boring and horrible (i do recall thinking, "what is this shit?"). i don't kno how i made it halfway thru actually. i don't understand why so many people are reading it now (i'm sure oprah is partially to blame) and why everyone tells me it's so good. that's just ridiculous. it's not a good book and that's that.

i recently finished mark haddon's the curious incident of the dog in the night-time, which, in contrast to frey's autobiographical mess, was a fantastic, if rather short, read. i did notice one glaring similarity between the two books tho. the writing styles were so similar! of course, i think it worked much better for haddon because he was writing in the voice of an autistic teenager. if you get a chance, avoid pieces and read incident, or perhaps one could read pieces and pretend the author is autistic. that might work.