Sunny September Sunday
It’s a really sunny day here, and since “we” won the football game yesterday, people are strolling around in good cheer, not even complaining about the heat. I, of course, am in my windowless office. However, I figured out how to use some essential functions of vlc and handbrake, so I am looking forward to an interesting day, and it is air conditioned in here. (Glee!) Of course, officially I am writing a scholarly book and preparing for my research seminar tomorrow.
Turned on the computer today to two wonderful things.
First, the reminder that fans worldwide are about to have another opportunity for Armitage simultaneity. Here’s the detailed program of the piece to be broadcast today, and I can’t believe I didn’t look at it sooner. Richard Armitage reading excerpts from Manhattan Transfer? This is only one of my top three or four works of U.S. literature of all time (oddly, since I am probably one of the three academics in the world who can’t stand James Joyce). Seriously, this is something I’d have wanted him to record (but never would have thought of listing / requesting because I think of it as a so quintessentially U.S. piece). I’ll be so interested to hear how he deals with the stream of consciousness style and dos Passos’s attempts to write from the standpoint of a camera. Another reason to stay in my office this afternoon.
Seriously, Mr. Armitage, thanks for doing this. You can’t imagine what a gift this feels like to me.
Second, an article / interview in the Sunday Times, h/t Richard Armitage Online, intriguing as much for what it doesn’t say as what it does. It’s exactly the kind of interview I’d have advised him to give if I were his publicist. Discussion of it starting at RAFrenzy. As always, pi has something great to say in RAFrenzy’s comments.