You have to think about these things

It seems like a lot of people have stopped blogging, which is depressing. I used to have a ton of new posts on my dashboard when I would log in, and now there are none. It’s too bad, really. Now, my links area is very depressingly low on people. But I’ve finally updated it!

Oh hey, Jonathan Franzen’s new novel, “Freedom,” is out, and this time, Franzen didn’t object to it being an Oprah’s Book Club pick. I find that a little strange. Am I the only one who would want to reject Oprah twice? Nevertheless, it’s been a long wait, and I bought the book a couple of days ago, so I’ll be starting it soon.

What I’m even more excited about is David Mitchell’s “The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet,” which I also just bought. There’s no rational reason for this excitement, since I thought “Cloud Atlas” was very slightly overrated, but this historical novel is about early 19th century Japan, and the protagonist is Danish, which implies insane amounts of research. From the first five pages it is evident that this should be good!

Also, Rick Moody’s “The Four Fingers of Death” is out! Need I say more?

Anyone read any good short stories lately? I’ve kind of fallen behind on all that stuff.