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Weekend Updike

- Friday: made the new apartment official by plunking down the fat security deposit and picking up our six hundred keys. Carlos, our new landlord, is still doing all sorts of fidgeting around with the place (among other things, he wants to put in a new phone jack, lay down some new kitchen tile, and replace the cabinets), but he told us we can go ahead and start moving stuff in starting today. So, after work this afternoon, look for us carrying over boxes and boxes of books, like a bunch of highly literate cavemen. For thems of you keeping track, it looks like our phone number and e-mail will stay the same, as will our address for the most part: same city, same state, same zip, still on the second floor -- only the house number will be 4043, not 4029. Update accordingly.

- Saturday: even though I'm brokey-down, I scraped together some dough and had dinner at Lalo's with some pals from out of town: the lovely and talented Elizabeth Ellen and the talented and lovely Aaron Burch (proprietor of Hobart Pulp). I'm not extremely fond of the mediocre food, noisy atmosphere and eight-dollar margaritas at the former Michael Jordan's, but the company was good and included the likewise lovely and talented Ann Logue and her husband Ric and Claire Zulkey, who is, even as I write this, planning a horrible revenge against me for having paid off some mariachis to play "Guantanamera" at her. Afterwards was the Long Room for drinks, then an early break because we are all old and boring.

- Sunday: more housecleaning and a few errands, followed by a trip up to Evanston for the Ethnic Arts Festival. My fears were justified in some cases (I was surrounded on either side by extremely sincere people telling extremely sincere stories, and at least half the crowd didn't seem to get the satirical gist of my first piece) and not justified in others (the crowd was a bit bigger than I anticipated, and I didn't actually get booed or vilified), but all in all it was pretty pleasant. Due to extreme busyness with moving, writing, and all kinds of other stuff, I didn't linger long at the festival (just long enough to purchase and devour an extremely ethnic orange-peach frozen fruit bar), but it was enjoyable enough, and the city of Evanston paid for my trip to the grocery store with the check I got for my reading. Thanks to all who showed up, including Aaron and Elizabeth, Chris, Lara, and Jeff.

- Note that I have nothing to say about the San Diego Con, because I wasn't there. I hope you all had fun you BASTARDS.

- Likewise note that I have nothing to say about the new Harry Potter book, because I doubt I will read it just as I have not read any of the other books. Which leads me to a question. My friends list has been pretty much non-stop HP for the last four days, to the degree that I'm teetering on the verge of a shut-the-fuck-up-about-Harry-Potter-already fit even though I know exactly nothing about Harry Potter. A number of people (I mean, a LOT) have reported that they've actually read the damn book already, which is just insane. Which leads me to my question: are these books actually, I mean, you know, any good? I ask because...well, okay. If I think of three authors who I really, really, really like -- say, Thomas Pynchon, Haruki Murakami and Don DeLillo -- I can't imagine, can't even fathom, going to a bookstore and lining up to buy their newest book the same day it comes out and then reading it that same day. So, and I promise I am asking this in as sincere a way as I can muster, are the Harry Potter books actually good books? Or are people just really, really heavily buying into the marketing hype here?
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