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Reasons I Could Just Cry Right Now

1. The thought of our next president being that Mc guy.

2. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

3. Remembering how I used to sing this song to my nephew Curtis when he was a baby:


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Aug. 6th, 2008 04:49 am (UTC)
Paris Hilton, of all people, (with the help of Funny or Die) delivers an amazing Take That to McCain.

To really appreciate it, you have to have seen that ad that McCain put out comparing Obama to Paris, but I think most have seen it by now.
Aug. 9th, 2008 02:58 pm (UTC)
Ha ha, yeah, I just saw that.
Aug. 6th, 2008 11:05 am (UTC)
Have you finished The Kite Runner? I had major issues with the latter part of the book.

That song is beautiful, I was wondering who it was until I realized that was Michael Stipe/MTV Unplugged. I'm surprised I'd never heard it before.
Aug. 6th, 2008 01:05 pm (UTC)
I haven't finished The Kite Runner yet....let's talk about it when I do.

Aug. 9th, 2008 12:18 am (UTC)
Finished it a couple days ago. Yeah, there's some stuff to take issue with in there, but then again the author is a physician. He could have had better direction from an editor though. If I had been his editor I would have suggested making Hassan a little less Christ-like and Assef a little less antichrist-like, get rid of the cliches (Assef giving Amir an autobiography of Hitler)....there's more problems, too, the believability of Sohrab's attack on his oppressors, his suicide attempt, etc. Overall I liked it because I could really relate to Amir's cowardice and guilt. I give it three stars out of five.
Aug. 9th, 2008 12:29 am (UTC)
I just think it gets far too unbelievable. I wrote my final paper for my "Teaching Literature" on it using deconstruction, which means my whole thesis was "This novel doesn't work, it falls apart under its own logic." I argued that rather than showing a journey of redemption, the redemptive part is so unrealistic that it's really proving the opposite: there's no redemption for your sins.

I think Sohrab having his slingshot was where I just said "No f'ing way." He's being kept as a sex slave but Assef thought it was alright to keep a weapon? That makes no sense. Also the suicide attempt. He gets through the first orphanage, gets through the period as the sex slave, then he finds surviving family that loves him, hears he might have togo to another orphanage, and he slits his wrists? Unrealistic.

And also, I guess I felt like the part before all hell breaks loose and all kinds of BS goes down is just too long. If it were a memoir I'd accept some of it, but some of it seems to just be too much of a digression for a work of fiction - too sprawling and unfocused.
Aug. 9th, 2008 03:42 am (UTC)
Yes, you are spot-on, with your remarks. Believability is the problem. Hosseini just went over the top. I didn't believe Assef keeping Sohrab as a sex slave, I didn't believe his sudden attack against his oppressor (that's probably where I found it most unbelievable), I didn't believe the suicide attempt (If he was brave enough to attack Assef then he would be brave enough to face the possibility of an orphanage and if he loved and trusted his father so much, he should also love and trust his father's friend/half-brother (whom his father had only said good things about) to stay consistent with his character . Also, it's almost like Hosseini has a fixation with sodomy. I could believe the first incident, but then when Kamal appears as another vacant victim of forced sodomy it gets to be a bit too much.

What I did appreciate from this novel was a glimpse into Afghan culture. This is ultimately what made the book so wildly popular. Flaws this serious in an American novel would not have been tolerated.
Aug. 6th, 2008 11:21 am (UTC)
Crying Gets the Sad Out of YOU
Politics drive me crazy, all candidates make me cry.

Kite Runner (saw the movie, didn't read the book) made me cry, very sad story.

Curtis was the King of Ba...this should make you happy, he loves his Aunt Bean and wears his Chico State shirt all the time and tells his friends who ask "What's Chico?", he says "thats where I am going to college to play baseball", then he asks me "Does Chico have a baseball team?" What a weirdo.
Aug. 6th, 2008 01:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Crying Gets the Sad Out of YOU
I love my Curd man. Chico State does have a baseball team!
Aug. 6th, 2008 03:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Crying Gets the Sad Out of YOU

The baseball team won the NCAA Division II national championship in 1997 and 1999 and has been in contention for the title often.
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Aug. 6th, 2008 11:41 pm (UTC)
I think I have a little secondary crush on MM.
Aug. 6th, 2008 02:20 pm (UTC)
That is so sweet that you used to sing that song to your little nephew! and thanks for reminding me of it.
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