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FYI: the World Cup thread:

http://www.librarything.com/topic/92000
guess i don't look at this account very regularly, because i just now read your response. alas, the color is wrong.
oh for sure...the mass of anime is so huge (like manga) that it's very easy to get hold of a world of crap - looking for the proverbial pearls.
http://www.cjas.org/~leng/lain.htm#lainlink aka Thought Experiments Lain is still up - glancing through would give you a more complete feel for Lain and whether you'd enjoy her odyssey via the wires.

I know I liked it MUCH more than Patty - who had some problems w/ the anime handling of proto-Lolitas; But then our son who got us into Bebop, liked Lain a lot (though not as good as Bebop in his opinion. But, adam too noted that you have to take the story as it's presented. Lain, her family,her school, technology, her social groups are them-selfs all works in progress, and building a set of russian doll worlds around Lain and the series takes some adjustment. Some good hardhitting anime action - but it takes time to get there and it's there for plot purposes.
A great city is nothing more than a portrait of itself, and yet when all is said and done, its arsenals of scenes and images are part of a deeply moving plan. As a book in which to read this plan, New York is unsurpassed. For the whole world has poured its heart into the city by the Palisades, and made it far better than it ever had any right to be.

But the city is now obscured, as it often is, by the whitened mass in which it rests--rushing by us at unfathomable speed, crackling like wind in the mist, cold to the touch, glistening and unfolding, tumbling over itself like the steam of an engine or cotton spilling from a bale. Though the blinding white web of ceaseless sounds flows past mercilessly, the curtain is breaking...it reveals amid the clouds a lake of air as smooth and clear as a mirror, the deep round eye of a white hurricane.

At the bottom of this lake lies the city. From our great height it seems small and distant, but the activity within it is apparent, for even when the city appears to be no bigger than a beetle, it is alive. We are falling now, and our swift unobserved descent will bring us to life that is blooming in the quiet of another time. As we float down in utter silence, into a frame again unfreezing, we are confronted by a tableau of winter colors. These are very strong, and they call us in.
If your a Bebop fan...check out Lain. It takes a bit longer to get hooked - for anime it's very subtle and cerebral - but it's right up there with Bebop. Even has v. good music (though NOT as good as the terrific songs/music Yoko Kano (sic) wrote for Bebop~!)
I like your top 5 book recommendations! Labyrinths/Borges - favourites!
Just wandered by to say I like your screen name!
Yo...i happened upon the women's wheelchair tennis 1st round/quarterfinals...and was totally blown away..esp. by the Dutch player, Vegeer. So i made it a point to catch the men's first round match with the men's world #1. Same rules as "pedestrian" tennis, except a two bounce option. Vegeer's 1st serve is as fast as some of the lighter serving women on the tour's 2nd serve. Lots of heavy, wristy topspin to bring shots hit low to the court up over and then back down in the court. The vast majority of the players are European.
Noticed you liked As I Lay Dying, and I was wondering if you'd be interested in reviewing my new novel and posting your comments here as well as a few other book-related sites. Thought you might like my book since it's also southern and a bit dark. I could e-mail you the novel in an e-book format if you'd like (I'm out of physical copies at the moment). Here's a link to a summary (and a sample chapter)in case you'd like to read more about the novel before you commit:

http://christophertusa.com/

Thanks,

Chris
I'll bet that was a wonderful course. I've only studied three of his novels formally--Absalom, Absalom!, Light in August, and The Sound and the Fury, and that was close to 40 years ago. But once I started reading him, I couldn't stop.
Love your user name. Do I recognize another Faulkner lover?
Thanks for joining the 20-Something LibraryThingers group!
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