Friday, September 18, 2009

Watching and Reading

So I just complained about not having enough time for things, but one thing that I always make time for is reading. I usually read a little every night before bed. It helps me relax. Unless the book is really really good than I stay up way later than I should, reading until I cannot keep my eyes open anymore.

Recently I saw on a blog a glowing review for the book "Tattoo Machine: Tall Tales, True Stories, and My Life in Ink" By Jeff Johnson. I am a fan of tattoos. I even have a couple so I was excited to read this book. I expected it to read kind of like the show "LA Ink" where they tell the story behind each tattoo. Instead the book is more about Jeff Johnson himself. His rants about policies and regulations, the history and his idea of what the future of tattooing in the Northwest will look like.

The book was a but disappointing because it felt like it did not flow very well. It seemed to jump from topic to topic with no real direction. And the writing turned me off as well. Jeff Johnson is so wordy. Here let me give you an example straight from the introduction....

"The atmosphere crashes in, a singular vibe refined by generations, part carnival midway and part hypermodern clinic, with a splash of a foreign bar from a fragment of a dream all wrapped in a fragment melange of soaps, solvents and pheromones."

I like the wordy and descriptive writing, but that one sentence is just a sample of many many sentences in the book. I did get through the whole book in a small amount of time.

So all and all it was a disappointment. What was not a disappointment but instead a pleasant surprise was the movie "I Love You, Man". I recently finished watching the series "Freaks and Geeks" with Jason Segal and I have always liked Paul Rudd but as of late most of these comedy type movies have not been really funny.

One evening after The Phi was tucked into bed, PR Dad and I watched this movie and I loved it. Great cast, great story, great characters and a happy ending. 3 of the male roles were like 3 different personalities of PR Dad. He is awkward like the Paul Rudd character, he is super laid back like the Jason Segals character, and angry and bitter like Jon Favreau's character.

I love the Venice beach scenes and the way you are not sure about the Jason Segal's character. I have seen the movie twice now and I hardly ever watch a DVD twice. I am a little sad to be sending it back to Netflix.


  1. I love having reading and movie watching reviews all in one spot. It's like one stop shopping. I want to see that movie too.

  2. Anonymous5:37 PM

    I love YOU man. JVS


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