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Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Seattle and Suchlike and So Forth

Our city today is quiet, wave-lapped La Jolla, CA. I am here because of its proximity to the great Mysterious Galaxy bookstore, where I’m reading tonight.

A few quick things:

Watch me win the Campbell award! It’s technically not a Hugo award, but it happens at the Hugo awards! My bit starts at around 1:07.

This picture is stolen from io9. I'm sorry! I couldn't find any others.

— I realize now that I never announced the coordinates of my Seattle reading. That was lame of me. It’s at the U District branch of University Book Store, this Friday night (the 26th) at 7:00.

— My daughter Lily and I are on Pottermore. I left a digital recorder on during our first session and then later, because I thought it was funny, transcribed it and posted it on Time.com, where bizarrely it is currently the most-read generic zithromax cheap story. (I gave her a fake name: Plum.) Now I worry that it reads too much like a negative review of the site. I was pretty impressed with Pottermore, I just thought it could have done a little better job of educating users about how it works and what it wants from them. I do however disagree with “Plum,” who believes that owls are “just a normal kind of animal.”

— If you’ve always wanted to see the Eschaton scene from Infinite Jest acted out over a Decembrists song, you may have to find a new life goal.

— The next three days are: Pasadena, Menlo Park, Portland. If you live in one of those places, come out! I will read to you. It’ll be just like an audiobook that you can’t turn off.


6 comments on “Seattle and Suchlike and So Forth

  1. Jaimie says:

    That TIME piece was the best thing ever. It almost makes me want to have children.

  2. M says:

    glasses are a good look
    lily is great! 😀

  3. Kat says:

    I grow increasingly convinced that I am the only one who reads the labels.

  4. K.M. Walton says:

    Congrats again on the Campbell. And Plum sounds like a delightfully precocious child. Your shared conversation reads like an honest take – not negative at all – stop worrying.

  5. amybillingham says:

    i wouldn’t go so far as to say that the tags and alt text are the *best* part of the blog… but it’s a close call. ; )

    also, Lily-Plum is *adorable*
    (BTW, is she named for Lily Potter, or is that just a happy coincidence?)

  6. Heather Head says:

    Telling the world via Time magazine that your daughter thinks Pottermore is boring can’t possibly be more appalling than telling one of your favorite authors via his blog that you hate him. Especially when it’s obvious, in both cases, that the opposite is true. Which it is.

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