November 3, 2012

“There’s always something to do if you don’t have to work or consider the cost. It’s no real fun but the rich don’t know that. They never had any. They never want anything very hard except maybe somebody else’s wife and that’s a pretty pale desire compared with the way a plumber’s wife wants new curtains for the living room.” – Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye

I don’t have much to add to the above quote, but I just like it. We are reading Chandler right now in my Mysterious Fiction class, and his protagonist/narrator, a tough guy detective named Marlowe, cracks me up. This book and Christian and I’s recent obsession with the TV show Twin Peaks have both convinced me that all I want to do after I graduate is be a secretary at a small-town detective agency.

This morning I turned in the longest paper of my semester, so Christian and I went to The Last Bookstore in LA to celebrate. We have been hearing about it a lot lately, and it did not disappoint. It is easily the coolest bookstore I have ever been to. There were tons of nooks and crannies and surprise, and also thousands and thousands of $1 books (I even found a copy of The Long Goodbye (which is perfect because at the start of the semester, I accidentally purchased A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier instead, and was, in a last-minute frenzy, forced to beg Christian to let me borrow the very Kindle I have been scoffing at for the past year). Consequently, my Friday night turned into cutting pictures out of old reference books while watching Dateline. And also, once Dateline was over, listening to the new Taylor Swift album. (I’ll be real…according to my iTunes library, I have listened to “I Knew You Were Trouble” 27 times this past week.)

In other music news (aren’t these paragraph transitions so natural?), Christian and I swallowed our pride and went for a couples costume this Halloween…he was Jeff Mangum, the lead singer of Neutral Milk Hotel, and I was Anne Frank, his muse. Our costume really only makes sense if you agree that In An Aeroplane Over the Sea is one of the best albums ever made, and luckily, our friends are weird enough that we didn’t even have the most obscure costumes of the night (my favorites were Lars & The Real Girl [my roommate and her bf], River Phoenix, and Owen Wilson from the cover of Darjeeling Limited).

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