My Thoughts on the State of the Union Address
I have a confession to make.
I did not watch the President’s speech last night.
No, after putting our daughter down to bed I did not turn on the computer. I did not watch or listen to our Commander in Chief and his stirring oratorical skills. I missed the Alito scandal altogether. I didn’t even check Memeorandum.
I turned, instead, to that most archaic of inventions: the novel. I am currently midway through the third of Steven Erikson’s oh-so-epic Malazan books, Memories of Ice, and I admit that learning more about the mysterious Pannion Domin and the Crippled God sounded far more interesting to me than another of the President’s rhetorical masterpieces. Perhaps this is because I have had my fill of Obama’s grand speeches (since about the 4th of November, 2008). Not that he’s a bad speaker – far from it – but because they become somewhat predictable after a while, no matter which president it is.
Or perhaps it’s just that I’m the sort of person who becomes lost easily in a good story. (I used to bring a book with me to college basket-ball games as a kid and read through the entire game. And I played basketball. So….) Either way, last night the book won out over the speech. I know, I know… Shame on the blogger who would skip the SOTU address to read a book – and not just any book, not some literary triumph, but a fantasy novel. It doesn’t get much lower than that. Of course, I almost never watch anything in the first place – especially not on politics – so this is really nothing new.
And it is a very good book/series. Any fantasy reader who’s still hung up on George R. R. Martin not finishing his Song of Fire and Ice books (or at least not very quickly) should check it out.
ADDENDUM: Consider this an open thread.