This week, I read Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, by David Sedaris. I enjoyed it and I got the feeling that his "voice" is similar to what mine would be if I was actually a writer. He's sarcastic, satirical, sardonic and short. Basically, the book is little vignettes from his life. A collection of autobiographical short-stories that are disturbing and interesting at the same time. I found myself compelled to continue reading by a sort of morbid curiosity. Anyway, I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a relatively quick read that will make you simultaneously laugh out loud and grimace for the characters.
I'm also still trying to finish reading other books I've started and put down. I'm working on The World According to Garp, The Illustrated A Brief History of Time, The Truth in Comedy, Money Matters and probably a few others that aren't coming to mind right now. Between these books, TiVo, GameCube, Netflix and the gym, I've been keeping pretty busy doing things that ultimately don't matter. I guess maybe I feel like I'm educating myself and killing time until I start moving into the next phase of my life.
One other thing I think I'll start pursuing is sign language. I've been wanting to learn another language and, although French, Italian and other languages have a sort of romantic allure, I feel that learning ASL could actually be a useful way to invest my time. I don't know if I'll actually do this, but it's something I've been thinking about for a while.
More on music
A while ago, I wrote about shopping for an electric guitar. Well, I eventually decided I just didn't want to spend the money on something that is essentially a variation on something I've already invested a lot of money in. That being said, lately I've been looking at digital pianos. I played for about five years until 10th grade, then I quit and picked up the guitar a year later. Since I got to college, I've been itching to play piano again and just haven't had any way of scratching that itch... until now. I figure I can get a decent digital piano--weighted, pressure sensitive keys, good sound, etc.--for $500 or so, which ain't bad. I'm trying to take my time and be patient about it, but the truth is I've been patient for the last five years and I'm really gettin' the itch.
Maybe it doesn't help that I've been listening to a lot of Billy Joel lately.