Cori had started doing The Friday  on her wordpress book blog and I’m always looking for a good prompt for ideas for posts.
Five things in books, media, pop culture that I’m digging right now.
1. LOST. There’s a longer post about this coming pretty soon. I think they’ve done a really good job getting this season out of the blocks. The flash-sideways was a fantastic way to move past the flash-backs and forwards. I have a theory about the Epic Struggle, but I’ll save that for a later post.
2. Olympics. Each time, I say I’m not going to really watch them, because I don’t want to be hypocritical because I don’t regularly watch these sports. And then I watch. And get all choked up when I see some American girl with pink hair belt out the Star Spangled-Banner on the medal stand. It’s even better with a DVR to ff-past Bob Costas.
3. Social media. I sort of like Google Buzz, which made my long-time anti-Twitter stance somewhat hollow. Enhance my twitter self esteem and Follow Me!
4. Suzanne Vega. The Beloved and I went to see her at this really cool venue at UCSD. About 100 seats and it served treats and wine. It was her on acoustic guitar, a guy on electric guitar, and another guy on bass. She was fantastic and the sparse accompaniment lent itself well to her voice and thoughtful, wry songwriting.
5. I supposed there ought to be something about books. Yesterdays Booking Through Thursday asked whether we’d read any books about Olympians. At the time I thought I hadn’t, but then I remembered that Andre Agassi had won a Gold Medal for the United States in tennis in 1996 and that I had finished his autobiography “Open” last month.
“Open” is a great read for anyone that loves tennis, but it’s more than that. It’s a very honest (or seemingly so) examination of what it’s like to be a child prodigy and have your life path decided for you when you’re 7-years old. The book simultaneously asks you to put yourself in his shoes (How would you handle it?) and perhaps more importantly, his parents’ shoes (What would you do to make your kid a “Champion”?) Particularly good reading this week watching Olympians who have sacrificed an lot of their youth to participate in the Games.