I realize that this is not the best picture of the D. But it is worth noting that the bright sunset makes the city seem like a much happier place! – and it gives an idea of the magnitude of my view from the hotel, which is at General Motors.
Detroit has done right by me thus far, and sometime soon I plan on riding the People Mover to Greektown. Until then, an update on the reading situation.
Between Friday and today I finished Running with Scissors, finally finishing A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, which took me a ridiculous amount of time to read because… it was horrible.
I guess it’s one of those love it or hate it things, and I knew after 25 pages that I didn’t love it and was determined to finish it anyway. And I did, and there were a couple of bright spots (like a quote I was going to include in this post, but alas, my book is in DC), but mostly it was a twisty, turny, plotless rant by Eggers. Which, oddly enough, was exactly what it was supposed to be, and no doubt what attracts many of its fans. Unfortunately, I’m not one. Inquire further if you’re interested.
And after Friday’s post I went out and bought Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs and I thought it was fascinating. Not the best book I’ve ever read, but a quick read because it’s honest, if a little disturbing. Both of these books are memoirs of types, and both take a candid look at the author’s past. But Running With Scissors maintains a much more understandable storyline and better anecdotes and self-analysis.
And now I’ve moved on to Marie Antoinette, which I want to read because the movie is coming out and after I saw a preview I started reading Wikipedia about her and spent most of Friday morning doing that. So we’ll see how long that one takes me.