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Le rhume

ďIn the immemorial style of young men under pressure, they decided to lie down for a while and waste time.Ē

I am not a young man, but this is precisely how I deal with stressful work.

By the way, this is my favorite sentence in The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon. Iím re-reading it because Iíve been recruited for a book club and this is what the members have chosen to read. I am happy to report that the book is even better the second time around. I have a tendency to wolf down books and often miss details in my zeal; thatís why I often end up reading things twice, and there are a ton of motifs in Kavalier & Clay that are finally becoming clear to me.

Iím sort of dreading the book club meeting because I am frankly not interested in anyone elseís opinion. Does this surprise you? No, of course not. Iím worried I might lose some respect for people once they reveal that they hate the book, or have some cockamamie explanation that I find useless, senseless or foundationless. It used to drive me nuts at school when some nimrod would raise his hand and broadcast his idiocy to the class--if it was a person I thought had some intelligence, I would mentally cross them off my list, and pretend I never entertained thoughts of befriending them. I donít really mind that much if you donít like what I like, so long as you make a compelling case for your disagreement.

Last night I had a fever and shuffled over to Canterís for some restorative matzo ball soup. It was pretty salty but made my throat feel so much better. I may have some again tonight for dinner, as insurance against this dastardly bug.

4:47 p.m. - 2002-01-18

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