Wow. Elfriede Jelinek won the Nobel Peace Prize for literature this year. After seeing La Pianiste, easily one of the top ten most disturbing films ever produced, I must say this is mildly startling. That said, the amount of emotion and passion communicated by that film was truly amazing, and I can only imagine a similar (if not more powerful effect) being present in her books. To a certain extent, I applaud such a controversial and powerful writer being able to be recognized in this way. Then again, this is the same peace prize that went to Yasser Arafat.
It is really disturbing when you realize how close we are to being able to jack somebody into a computer. The possibilities are amazing and unavoidable, though the risks explored in much science fiction certainly pop up as red flags in my mind.
Loki continued her guilt attack this morning. Usually around 4 or 5 in the morning, every morning, I kick her out of the bedroom, as that’s when she wakes up and decides that rather than wanting to sleep next to us, she would like to play. That’s fine, we let her go play, as long as she lets me sleep. This morning, the normal routine happens, I put her out of the room, shut the door, and then all hell broke loose. She began meowing constantly, alternating between that really sad “do you hate me?” meow and the weird guttural “I’m in heat” noise that we only now hear when she is really going nuts. I let her in for a few minutes, pet her, agreed to be pounced a few times, and then put her out again, only for the same thing to happen. Either way I wasn’t sleeping, so I finally just gave up and got up.
I finished Alex Garland’s The Tesseract yesterday. In the end it was a rather nice series of stories. I like how it didn’t try to make any conclusions for the reader in the end, but instead just let the story play out, and let the reader draw their own conclusions. Garland has a real talent for painting a picture of a foreign environment, but without painting so much of it that you no longer need to use your imagination. I admire what he’s accomplished.