Tuesday, July 18, 2006

John Adams by David McCullough

Someday I need to pull this one down off the shelf and re-read the section on Adams’ first trip across the Atlantic on the Boston with his son, John Quincy. Then I need to research it some more. Then I need to write about it. Write about it like my story about TR and Kermit on the River of Doubt, except I don’t think this one is a story. This one might be a novel. I know this is a book about John Adams, but looking back on the experience of reading it, one of the strongest indelible impressions it has left me with is of Thomas Jefferson, and what an insufferable hypocrite he must have been. He constantly said one thing and did another. Was he great because of that or in spite of that?

Saturday, July 8, 2006

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The latest audiobook and one that my wife has never heard of. What? I cried. This is one of the most famous science fiction books of all time. It was enjoyable on so many levels and disappointing on so many others. It was fun and entertaining, but I guess I prefer my fiction to take itself seriously and try to find some truth rather than just making fun of it all. And are you sure Douglas Adams isn’t a pen name for Michael Palin or John Cleese or one of the other Monty Python guys? Maybe it was the English accent of the guy reading it, but the whole thing sounded like a shallow imitation of a Monty Python skit. I mean, it had everything but the bloody spam.