March 19, 2010

British Literature

I'm taking a class at USF called "British Literature from 1700 to the Present" and am really learning a lot. We're reading through the ages and its been very interesting to see how novelists and poets in Britain reacted to the times the were living in.
One of the first things we read was Alexander Pope's Essay on Man, and while it was very dense and structured, it may be my favorite thing we've read so far. Here are some of my favorite stanzas:

Each beast, each insect, happy in its own:
Is Heaven unkind to man, and man alone?
Shall he alone, whom rational we call,

Be pleased with nothing, if not blest with all?

More rich, more wise: but who infers from hence
That such are happier, shocks all common sense.

Condition, circumstance, is not the thing;
Bliss is the same in subject or in king,

Weak, foolish man! will Heaven reward us there
With the same trash mad mortals wish for here?

Pretty cool.

March 17, 2010


Last Saturday (March 13) Jesse and I traveled to The Palace of Auburn Hills to see Muse in concert (with special guest Silversun Pickups). I've been a Muse fan for a couple of years now and was super psyched to find out that they were playing in Detroit while I'd be there for the week. It was an amazing show. These guys sound just as awesome live as they do on their albums. In fact, it may have even been better than their CDs because they jam like nobodies business which made all the songs that much more alive and fun. And the set-up was super creative with the three columns that went up and down and featured graphics and videos throughout the night. The only downside was trying to get out of the parking lot after the show (it took half an hour) but we were so pumped it didn't really phase us.
I took lots of pictures even though my camera battery died before the end of the show. Here are some of the better ones.