Jury duty was hell. And it is not over. We finished voir dire just before 5 PM and our judge tried to get a jury seated so any non-jurors would not have to come back again in the morning. But it didn't work out and we got sent home at 6 PM. I know people have to sit in offices from 8 AM to 6 PM everyday but this was the most exhausting day of sitting around on hard benches I have ever endured.
I caught up on reading the weekend editions of the New York Times and Washington Post. Read the New Yorker, too. And I finished Plunder Squad. It was so so. I don't think it ranks in my top five Parker novels (Butcher's Moon, Slayground, The Score, The Outfit, The Man with the Getaway Face) but it was okay for the most part.
Finally, I started Butcher's Moon (and after only a 100 pages it may be premature to put it at number one). I am a bit embarrassed that I whined about the cover of this book the other day. I know what's on the cover because I spend a lot of time staring at covers (of my own and of the beautiful scans that certain people, you know who you are, post online). But no one else can see what is on the cover of a mass market paperback anyway. Not a popular format. Most everyone I saw was reading trade paperbacks. And I spent a good deal of time looking at what everyone else was reading:
These were the only titles I could confirm. I saw textbooks on interior design and securities trading. In general, everyone was reading. Lots of magazines, newspapers, books. For all the talk about the death of print, there is still a lot of reading going on. An orgy of reading almost. And there were several people with Kindles. (Note: to the lady on my right, reading Game Change on your Kindle, I wasn't starting at you, I was just trying to figure out what you were reading. Its really hard to do when there's no cover to look at. You might want to re-think this Kindle thing.) One lady was watching season one of The Wire on her laptop (which I ID'ed by the particular version of the theme song). We own the complete series DVD box set - best xmas present ever.
I hadn't been able to pick up my comics the past two weeks. Luckily, my comic shop is just a few blocks away from the courthouse I was in and I was able to drop in on my way home. I got issues of the BRPD, Daytripper, Iron Man, Hellboy, Proof, Sweet Tooth, and the Plague Ships. And the 2010 issue of something called Tripwire, a UK comics magazine. I read about it last summer but could never find copies so I automatically grabbed it when I saw it on the racks. I think I will be reading it in court tomorrow.