A case for leaping about

Two things have totally revved my motor this week.

Firstly, news that Nick Haraway‘s new book, Angelmaker, is finally on Amazon’s pre-order list.

If you’re wondering why this is exciting enough to blog about, read this blurb:

Joe Spork spends his days fixing antique clocks. The son of infamous London criminal Mathew “Tommy Gun” Spork, he has turned his back on his family’s mobster history and aims to live a quiet life. That orderly existence is suddenly upended when Joe activates a particularly unusual clockwork mechanism. His client, Edie Banister, is more than the kindly old lady she appears to be—she’s a retired international secret agent. And the device? It’s a 1950s doomsday machine. Having triggered it, Joe now faces the wrath of both the British government and a diabolical South Asian dictator who is also Edie’s old arch-nemesis. On the upside, Joe’s got a girl: a bold receptionist named Polly whose smarts, savvy and sex appeal may be just what he needs. With Joe’s once-quiet world suddenly overrun by mad monks, psychopathic serial killers, scientific geniuses and threats to the future of conscious life in the universe, he realizes that the only way to survive is to muster the courage to fight, help Edie complete a mission she abandoned years ago and pick up his father’s old gun .

And then if that doesn’t convince you, read this.

I. Am.  So. Excited.

The second thing was this fab little film of the people of Burning Man 2011 performing Dr. Seuss’s “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”.   Based on Dr. Seuss’s final book before his death, the piece is about the journey of life, complete with the dark and the scary and the lonely bits.  And the people of Burning Man bring it to life with all the appropriate Cat-in-the-Hat madness it deserves.

It makes me happy.  And happy is short supply.

In a week of meh, this little gem lifted me right out of myself.  I’ll take Dr Seuss over navel-gazing any day of the week.

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