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Saturday, November 29, 2003

I'm a bad, bad anti-whatever

I bought stuff on Buy Nothing Day. I'm just a tool, an automaton, a slave to commercial excess, a mockery of myself and all that I claim to stand for. However, nothing I bought was on sale, I didn't do my shopping at 5 AM, and my purchases were cool. I don't get any credit for shopping at a locally-owned business, but, all the same, my transgression doesn't bother all that much. I was able to sleep just fine last night.

My contribution to the Great Machine of Profit and Consumption yeilded the following badges of my shame:

'The Vintage Bradbury,' a collection of Ray Bradbury's short stories (selected by the author himself, even!); 'The Wall of the Sky, The Wall of the Eye,' stories by the awesome Jonathan Lethem; and 'Camp Concentration' and '334' by Thomas Disch.

I don't recall anything about a car chase...

I happened to catch a TV ad for the upcoming film 'Paycheck,' which is based on a Philip K. Dick story. I don't have high hopes for it being very good, but I'll go see it anyway since it is one of my favorite PKD stories. I think the story stands well enough on its own without the need for adding car chases and other ridiculous action scenes.

In other I-am-so-disappointed-now news, I've been checking out some of the spoilers from 'The Return of the King.' My guess is that Peter Jackson will need to go into hiding after this thing comes out, because many people will be looking to stick his head on a pike. I'd post the link that provides the most damning review of the film, but I don't want to ruin it for those of you who haven't read the book. Shame, shame...

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