Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A long-winded story of loss and love

Cardigan: Target
Mustard tank: Target
Elephant tank: Banana Republic
Belt: Target
Skirt: JCPenney
Flats: Steve Madden

It's fascinating how things can come full circle. Earlier this year, I read Ready Player One, a science fiction novel that fell squarely in the cross-section of virtual reality and 1980s pop culture. Sounds weird, I know, but it's one of my top five books of the year. Anyway, the reason I bring this up is because I'm now reading what will probably be my second-to-last book of the year, The Third Reich by Roberto Bolano. I actually had to beg my coworker--the woman who orders all the fiction books for our library--to purchase a copy for the library so I could read it. (I'm a poor library employee, I can't pay for books!) She eventually relented, and when the book rolled out of technical services, I was the first and only person in line to read the book.

The reason why this is halfway fascinating--at least to me--is because The Third Reich is about a man who plays war games, and ends up playing against a man who has kidnapped his friend in Sequins + Sparkles | Everybody, Everywhereorder to get him back, or his friend dies. I mentioned Ready Player One earlier because in the book, the main character is transported into a virtual version of the pinnacle of 1980s cinema, Wargames. (You know you love Matthew Broderick.) the character becomes Matthew Broderick, and is required to recite the part, line for line and move for move, or he loses the game in which he is trapped & dies. So in conclusion: wargames twice in a year.

And then I found five dollars.

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