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The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.

I'm currently reading the second book of the Dark Tower series by Stephen King...they're very good. Extremely romantic, but in a gritty sort of way.

From the first book, The Gunslinger-

"You see? Size defeats us. For the fish, the lake in which he lives is the universe. What does the fish think when he is jerked up by the mouth through the silver limits of existence and into a new universe where the air drowns him and the light is blue madness? Where huge bipeds with no gills stuff it into a suffocating box and cover it with wet weeds to die?"

"...Yet suppose further. Suppose that all worlds, all universes, met at a single nexus, a single pylon, a Tower. And within it, a stairway, perhaps rising to the Godhead itself. Would you dare climb to the top, gunslinger? Could it be that somewhere above all of endless reality, there exists a room?...

You dare not."

It's just so good. Sometimes the writing gets arrogant, overly-dramatic...but that's what gives it some charm. Not to mention most of the first book is just a "gunslinger" from "another world" stumbling through the desert after the "man in black." We know his name, some bits and pieces from his childhood training...and that's about it. But it's moving and engaging, and extremely "bad ass"- there's no other term to describe it. Hopefully I'll knock out this one and the next, and that leaves five of them for Hillsdale.

Which, by the way, is getting closer and closer. Aside from seeing a few people, I really don't want to go back just *yet.* I just don't feel ready at all. I'm thinking in the end, that might actually make for a really good semester...lots of unexpected turns. I feel strangely detached from everything "out there," and can only think about what is here in front of my face. I can't even remember all the classes I'm supposed to be taking. Obviously I haven't read anything to prepare. But that's OK, I think. I'm ready to get slapped around.

Another thought, which I shared a bit with Chase a few days ago. All summer I've been getting these spells where all I think about doing is joining the army. I know I'm a girl, and most likely would never make it, but I just want to do something for my country, and selfishly, I want to do something big and crazy and grand. Which is unfortunate, because that means I'm sitting here dreaming about it and neglecting all the other opportunities to "help out" here at home. But does anyone else get me, here? (Excluding Lauren.)

I think that's why I love Harry Potter so much. They always get the chance to physically fight for what they think is right. They don't send petitions to Voldemort.

Maybe I just need to go play laser tag and slip back into my high heels.

rock on \\m//
~Erin

PS- Black Snake Moan is an amazing movie. Everyone should see it, even if you don't support "strong sexuality." That's not the point (thought it's not pointless).

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There's currently a comic mini-series acting as a prequel to this series called "The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born." It's written by Peter David, a well-known comic writer, and illustrated by Jae Lee. Lee is an absolutely phenomenal artist. If you finish the series, you might want to look into this when it is collected into a trade paper back.

Also, you're not joining the army. Go build a house for Habitat for Humanity or something... Give blood maybe? Just no army.

Also, I got your FaceBook message. I remember Lauren saying you all were going to be gone for most of August, so I haven't tried getting a hold of you... Because it's still so early in the month. I'm going back to Chicago Saturday morning. Maybe we can do something this week? ... Maybe go see Stardust on Friday? I want to see my dad before I go, so maybe I could have dinner with him and then meet up with you? I'll send you my cell number over FaceBook tomorrow morning.


kisses!
-Barrett
The Dark Tower Series is one of my all time faves. However i think you'll be amused by all the refrences King makes to his other works which are intriguing if you have read them but sometimes can leave you in the dark. I suggest you also read The Stand, Salem's Lot, and Hearts in Atlantis if you want to get the whole backdrop for the story.