>> Sunday, August 19, 2012
Since my last update:
I finished the third book in the Unwritten series, Dead Man’s Knock. There was one section in this volume that was a “choose your own adventure style that filled in some of the possible histories for Lizzie. It was a lot of fun to go through the many possible storylines in that section.
I’m also reading The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime that Scandalized a City and Sparked the Tabloid Wars by Paul Collins. This is a non-fiction book that is partly a true crime story about a brutal 1897 murder in New York. At the same time it’s very much about the newspaper wars between Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst that turn the investigation into a tabloid circus. It definitely makes the point that today’s news as entertainment is not really a new trend at all. Collins is a local author who teaches at Portland State University
On audio I’m still listening to Guardian of the Horizon by Elizabeth Peters. I’m enjoying this one. I’m going through this series in chronological order rather than publication order so while it’s the 16th book published it’s actually 11th in the story timeline.
I got to see Jenny Lawson (aka The Bloggess) this week at the Powell’s location on my side of town. I’m glad I got there early because it was a large crowd. I don’t have any good pictures because I forgot to take my camera and the phone photos just didn’t turn out all that well. It was a fun event and she’d just a delight.
Other than books and reading:
We had a fun day yesterday. We attended the Portland Adult Soapbox Derby at Mt. Tabor Park on the east side of Portland. I’d never heard of this event (even though this was the 16th year) until last month. We went with some friends and had an absolute blast.
|attacking your competitors on the way down is encouraged|
We will most assuredly be making this an annual event.
|that guy in front - face first - crazy|
It’s completely crazy and fun. It’s very spectator friendly and we were able to watch races from several different places on the track as well as visit the pits during a break in the action.
|The Giant Big Wheel was one of my favorites|
Fun insanity, Portland style. As The Hubster said, “It’s so very Portlandia”.
|Harriett's House of Beauty in the pits|
|Harriett's House of Beauty on the track|
|Army the Armadillo was not fast but was clearly a crowd favorite|
Hope you’re having a great weekend.