On Maribou’s recommendation, I finished A God Somewhere yesterday. While she was right that it did a decent job evoking catharsis, in the Greek sense, I put the comic down wondering “what in the heck was the author trying to say?”

It’s the story of the best friend of a guy who survives an explosion and, suddenly, discovers that he has Superman-esque powers. The superpowered guy travels through a period where he tries to save everyone, a period where he kills anyone who annoys him, and then a period of withdrawing entirely from civilization… and we see all this through the eyes of his best friend.

Yeah, I saw this as an interesting conceit myself. It’s the execution that left me scratching my head. Back to Fringe.

So… what are you reading and/or watching?


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  1. God: A Biography, and The Snow Child.

    And your threads make me think I might go back and watch the forest 3 seasons of Fringe again sometime soon.

    • I wish that there was a way to do it, like, book club style.

      Does anyone have any suggestions on how to do a group Fringe thing?

      • Well, I think you would do it. Maybe as a regular feature, where every Tuesday (or something) you “book clubbed” done/two/whatever episodes in order.

  2. I finally started Thinking Fast and Slow.

    Based on the pre-spoiler parts of your previous posts I picked up Fringe seasons 1 & 2 this weekend, we’ll start tomorrow night.

  3. The Locke & Key graphic novels. I’d previously read volumes 3 and 4, and finally got around to picking up the first two. Some of the best comic-bookery I’ve read in a long time.

  4. I had my annual viewing of Hedwig & The Angry Inch this weekend. This post reminds me that I need to finish up Savior 28.

    • Write a guest post about Hedwig.

      I’ve got some opinions, and I’m curious as to how they intersect.

  5. I started reading Absurdistan today.

    All this talk of Fringe makes me think I should make time to see it.

      • The reason why I didn’t start watching Fringe is because I remember X-Files with a combination of adoration and utter loathing.

        • The episode “White Tulip” exceeds any single episode of the X-Files. Yes, even the episode where they had the bees that carried the smallpox virus in their stingers.

          Just watch the Pilot. If, after the pilot, you say “you know what, I don’t need this in my life”, then walk away and no one will gainsay you.

          But, of course, if you walk away, you’ll never see the White Tulip episode.

      • There are only so many hours in the day. I can’t help that I am younger than a *few* of you. I would have to be up 24/7 to catch up with all you wise folks. Aren’t there several seasons of X-Files? I’m not sure I’m ready for that kind of commitment.

        • Yeah, but you can skip most of the first season, and all of the last three.

          But the creamy Oreo center in-between – mmmmm…….

        • The Mrs. and I got through them in a couple months watching an episode or two whenever we had some time, we started out with Netflix and then ended up buying all the seasons because we were too impatient for Netflix.

  6. I will consider your recommendation; however, if I find it a waste of my precious time, I’m holding you gentlemen responsible 😉

    Dang it, now I want Oreos. That happens every time someone mentions them.

    • If you watch Fringe and are discouraged by about half way through the first season, I recommend sticking it out until at least the end of the first season. I called it quits after episode 14 and am really, really glad that I went back to it. If you’re not liking it by the end of the first season, it’s probably not for you.

  7. Read half a story designed to make someone (not me) neurotic enough to need therapy again. Not all stories are designed for large audiences.

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