Vampires and Werewolves: Finally!

I thought the world had forgotten about vampires, werewolves, and other mythical creatures.  I mean, when was the last time a vampire was portrayed in main stream entertainment?  Blatant racism.

Until I saw someone reading this:

I was really really hoping that this was a horror/satire on the book of similar title.  Like, maybe a vampire who goes to Italy and lives on some sort of human calzone.  But alas, it appears to be about some mythical creature searching for someone to devour in horrid fashion love.  But this is the closest thing to a scary book that I’ve seen anyone reading on MUNI.  What have you seen?  What are you going to be for Halloween?  Anyone dressing up as a character from a novel?

Mario Vargas Llosa Wins Nobel

According to this Washington Post Article, this Peruvian author is a “well known” writer who is a “perennial candidate.”  Now, I could read the Wikipedia entry on him and pretend like I know who he is and how this award was a long time in coming.  But the truth is I’ve never heard of the guy.   I will say that I think it was time for Latin/South America to have one of its own picked for the award though.  I think the last one was Marquez sometime in the 1980s (also not looking this up, does that sound right?)

So how about it.  Is he Nobel worthy?  First person I see reading one of his books on Muni will probably get accosted by yours truly.

Spotted: Midwives

This morning I saw a young woman completely engrossed (and I mean she never looked up to evaluate the normal morning Muni commute tomfoolery) in the book “Midwives” by Chris Bohjalian.  According to the internet version of the front flap, it chronicles the life of a…wait for it….midwife who eventually gets put on trial when one of her deliveries does not go as planned.  Apparently the case became less about this particular midwife and more about putting the entire livelihood/practice on trial. 

Interesting choice young lady who-shall-not-be distracted. 

And don’t forget that today is the kick off for Litquake!  Holy Crap!  Tom Waits will be at their October 2 event.