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Spirited Away, American Gods

Samantha just asked me which one I liked better - Spirited Away, or The Wind Rises.

For me, as epic as The Wind Rises is, there is something so beautiful about Spirited Away. It was the biggest box office hit in Japan ever, when I saw it in the theater for the first time. I was still in Seattle, so it must have been around 2001 or 02. I didn't know anything about Miyazaki at the time. There was a huge line going around the block for the movie at the Neptune theater on 45th in the U District. The theater was packed, and I got an incredible surprise and a treat. I love surprises like that. I had no idea what I was in for. I think you'd really like it.

Samantha said for her it was The Wind Rises. She said it is closer to what we're living in now. She doesn't do robots, but she does neuroscience, and that is the new technology too. Being new, it suffers the same fate: How will the technology that she is pioneering ultimately be used, and by whom?

And American Gods. That is just in a class all by itself. I haven't really liked much of anything else he's written, either, but I just this week got his new book, The Ocean at the End of the Lane. I'm going to read it tomorrow or Monday (or both). It is short enough that I think I can finish it in a day or two. We're getting another snowstorm Sunday night and into Monday.

Right now I feel about like this kid:

So a day of snuggling in the bed with a book sounds good.

I'm listening to the first one you posted now.