Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Beachy Keen

I received an invitation earlier this week to stay at a friend's beach house this weekend. I will be gone Thur-Sun and I anticipate that this will be a fun time. My roommate is also coming, and it will be a good chance to bond over shrimp and sand.

When I made the decision to go to the beach, I headed straight to the library to get some good reads. I wanted something interesting, though not too heavy that I would need to break out McKeon's Theory of the Novel in order to approach it. Here are my selections (if anyone has read these please let me know what you thought!).

Ella Minnow Pea - By Mark Dunn (here's a hint: sound it out)

"A progressively lipogrammtic epistolary fable"

Basically a love letter to those who love wordplay and the English language. Its a fascinating story of a town that is slowly starting to ban letters of the alphabet. Starting with Z, the town's inhabitants must learn to write and communicate in new and creative ways to avoid using banned letters. The story unfolds through letters that are hilarious and inventive. I've gotten to page 50 and I'm hooked. *I may end up finishing this before I even hit the beach.

My other selections:

Oryx and Crake - Margaret Atwood (Loved Blind Assassin and The Handmaid's Tale)
The Known World - Edward P. Jones

I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful weekend!! Ciao!

Seafoam and Daiquiri Playlist:

Sublime - Doin' Time
Husky Rescue - Summertime Cowboy
The Sundays - Summertime
Led Zepplin - The Ocean
The Beach Boys - The Warmth of the Sun
Oasis - Live by the Sea
Ocean Colour Scene - Riverboat Song
Nine Black Alps - Over the Ocean
PJ Harvey - Seagulls
Bob Dylan - High Water
Seals and Croft - Summer Breeze
G. Love and Special Sauce - Cold Beverage
Frank Sinatra - Blue Skies
Pulp - David's Last Summer
The Doves - Catch The Sun


Blogger Adam said...

You've gotta have Slightly Stoopid or Pepper with you if you're going to the beach...

8:17 AM  
Blogger indecentoffense said...

ooooh, have so much fun in nags head, i'm jealous! i'll be in atlanta and athens, ga all weekend!! we'll swap stories when we get back!

1:11 PM  
Blogger NY-ERR said...

I love the outer banks. We just sold our house there, and this is the first summer in twenty-six years that I haven't been down.


3:50 PM  
Blogger DC Cookie said...

Which beach? ARL will be at Dewey for our annual girls' weekend. I believe TX Cutie will be there too.

4:53 PM  
Blogger The Chef said...

VP - in responce to your request, "Would you happen to have a good recipe for gazpacho? Yes I do, just shoot me an e-mail.

Great Zepplin selection!

5:11 PM  
Blogger Kathryn said...

... I can feel the ocean's roar...

My dad had a house in Southern Shores forever. I miss it.

1:42 PM  
Blogger NY-ERR said...

How's the beach VP? Which one is it? God, I wish I were at the ocean as well.

10:10 PM  
Blogger VP of Dior said...

All - I was in Nags Head at milepost 10. I just got in last night. It was a wonderful vacation. The heat index was set at scorch the whole weekend, so I spent a lot of time in the water and even did a bit of body surfing for the first time!

8:58 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

How was the beach?? And how was the book? It looks good, I think I may just have to read it.

Adam, I heart slightly stoopid :-)

10:49 AM  
Blogger NY-ERR said...

oh, nags head, I miss it.

3:01 PM  
Blogger VP of Dior said...

adam - i'm not gonna lie i had to google pepper because i've never heard of them...

sara - the book was fantastic. i ended up taking the whole time to read ella minnow pea. i highly recommend it!

4:24 PM  

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