Review of Paul Auster’s “Mr Vertigo”

null I finished reading Mr Vertigo by Paul Auster today and it’s an excellent read. It’s about a guy who learns to levitate and earns a living in a travelling road show. The narrator’s language is free and loose and the most laugh-out-loud entertaining of anything I’ve read from Auster. And as is the case with all of Auster’s stories, nothing goes as planned and all kinds of tragic and crazy events unfold, building up to an ending that could be considered inspiring and poetic.

I’ll take a photo of the book right now:

Mr Vertigo is the 3rd and last novel in Collected Novels – Volume Two. The omnibus series of collected novels is printed and mostly sold in the UK, which is too bad, because it’s a quality bound and printed book and I would be glad to have every volume in the series even though I already own many of Auster’s novels individually. I appreciate good solid books.

Unidentified Bird Terrorizes Chimney

I noticed this bird on my neighbour’s chimney this morning. The photo was taken through binoculars. Can anyone identify the bird?

It has a slightly long thin beak, a thick red strip around the back of its head, what looks like a little black apron at the top of its breast, and black dots everywhere. It’s still there at the moment pecking away at the chimney. The rapid pecking sounds like a snare drum.

Click photo to enlargenate (view close-up on separate page).

UPDATE: It’s been identified as a Northern Flicker (photo). Wikipedia entry. Cool!

I’m Not Going to London

Jenny and I thought about taking a trip to London, England, because Air Canada is offering a round-trip special of $418 per person. I knew there would be a few hidden additional fees, but this is ridiculous. Check out the breakdown:


$418 ticket price. Advertised ticket price for two: $832. $805 in hidden fees. Actual price: $1611. But at least we only have to pay $1.95 in taxes.