Brilliant High Fidelity : LUSENET : occasional planet : One Thread

Many of you know me only as the guy who played guitar at Summer Soltesz. Oh well, it could be worse...

I've haven't seen or heard from the Albatrossers in a while. I've been reading books.

Here's a new one that I think is brilliantly funny, especially for singles, people in relationships, people out of relationships, people getting married, people not getting married, and music lovers (did I cover everyone?).

It's called "High Fidelity" by Nick Hornsby. The protagonist, Rob Fleming, is a thirty-five year old down-and-out record store owner (Championship Vinyl) in the locale of North London. His girlfriend, Laura, has given him the heave-ho, and he works with Barry and Dick--two hopelessly idiosyncratic music lovers with their own warped way of mucking their way through life.

Top five favorite parts of "High Fidelity":

1. Barry joining a band called Barrytown, then "improving" the band's name to Sonic Death Monkey.

2. Rob's inability to come up with clever dog names.

3. Rob's imaginary retorts to ex-girlfriend Laura's new boyfriend Ian (or Ray).

4. Duck Noire

5. Whether saxophonist and piano player are two job occupations, or just one.

"High Fidelity" rings true; check it out today.


-- Pat Kelley (, October 09, 1997

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