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So I loved Chicago again. [Jan. 22nd, 2005|08:50 pm]
Lindsey Kuper

Last night was Thai food, tallboys, and Secretary night at my place with Rachel geminus, Amanda hiamanda, Maya leadsynth, and Kat. (My friends' consensus on the movie: Hot and strange.) The weather here's really bad, and I have new admiration for my friends for braving delayed trains and buses and snowed-in cars to travel all the way up to Evanston just to visit me.

That was 24 hours ago, and it's continued to get worse since. I had a hair appointment today1 that required me to take two trains and a bus, followed by a five-block walk. (The walk would have been insignificant, had any of it been shoveled.) Waiting for the bus under the Fullerton el stop, watching several buses that weren't mine stop and leave as snow filtered through the tracks onto me and I became progressively more frozen, I questioned my will to live, or at least my will to live in Chicago. But then I noticed the sign on the Demon Dogs door informing me that all CTA patrons were welcome to wait inside, no purchase necessary. How could anyone not patronize such a nice establishment? I got a 73-cent hot chocolate (that's another thing I love; places that calculate prices so that when the tax is added, it's a round number); the nice girl stirred it for me, explaining that if she didn't, the chocolate would settle to the bottom and it would suck. That hot chocolate warmed me, body and soul. Then someone asked me how to get to the zoo, and then my bus came. So I loved Chicago again.

After my haircut, I went shopping for a warmer hat and scarf, and coming home the red line was delayed for about 45 minutes, apparently due to frozen signals at Howard. It gave me an opportunity to read more of Neuromancer. This is the second time I've tried to read it. The first time, I started out too fast and ended up hanging on for dear life about two-thirds of the way through. This time, I went back and re-read a few pages every time I got confused, and now that all my energy isn't being consumed by trying to follow the plot, I'm better able to appreciate the imagery, the character development, and the humor. I love the scene (and "scene" is the word for it; to me, the book reads like a description of a movie) where Molly decides that Case needs a fake tan, and the bottle covers all of him except one foot. "Case regarded his pallid foot morosely." It's hilarious.

  1. See, this is the sort of thing that's nice about not moving several times a year. I get to make hair appointments. At the same place. With the same person, even. Her name's Bernadette, and I adore her and her valiant efforts to make me look like I'm an adult.

[User Picture]From: leadsynth
2005-01-23 05:05 am (UTC)
The world in Gibson's books are so complex that a lot of readers, me included, get overwhelmed and need to start over. I always thought Neuromancer would make a great movie too, but I fear they'd have to dumb it down too much, and people might accuse it of being a Matrix ripoff . . .

A couple years back, I was running sound for this middle school graduation, and there were all these parents and teachers herding kids around. Well, one of the kids was carrying around a copy of Neuromancer. Couldn't have been any older than 14. I was like, "Are you reading THAT?" And the kid was all "Yeah." So I said, "Awesome. That's a hard book." The kid said "Not really." "Is it for school?" "No, I just like it."

I wasn't even sure what to say to the kid. "Call me when you're of legal age"?
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2005-01-23 05:31 am (UTC)
It used to blow me away how sophisticated some of the iD kids' tastes ran. I had to fight the urge to pull some of them aside and just be like, "Jesus. Do you have any idea how cool you are?!"

I don't know if you can say that about all his books. Pattern Recognition was pretty stark by comparison.
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[User Picture]From: leadsynth
2005-01-23 06:17 am (UTC)
Sorry. His "older stuff." Or something.
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[User Picture]From: underwhelm
2005-01-23 01:47 pm (UTC)
Hah. I always meant to read that as a stepping stone into Gibson because I knew it was less complex. Now I have to muscle through Mona Lisa Overdrive just to compete with the summer campers.
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[User Picture]From: sonetka
2005-01-25 12:42 am (UTC)
Just wanted to add the very non-intellectual comments that (a) I hope you're good and warm right now and (b) the Demon Dog has always been one of my minor guilty pleasures. I'm guessing they've picked up a few more patrons since they put up that sign :).
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2005-01-25 03:30 am (UTC)
I was reading some online reviews of it, and apparently they put up that sign every winter, all winter. I hadn't known that. It's so nice of them!
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