Convenient Reading

Man, my local Family Mart convenience store rules so hard! Not only does it sell boxed wine, shrimp curlies, and what can only be called “octopus snack-ums,” but it also sells award winning literature. Take a look at the picture above: that’s a hard cover Korean edition of The Road, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel written by Cormac McCarthy, the same man who penned No Country for Old Men. The book tells the harrowing tale of a father and son traveling across a desolate post-apocalyptic wasteland covered in ash and ruins in search of food and shelter. They have no destination, no goal other than to survive. They have only a broken-down shopping cart to haul their meager possessions, and a single gun to protect themselves against roaming “blood cults”. So yeah, compared to this year’s election coverage it’s a light read. Anyway, do yourself a favor and pick up this book, and maybe while you’re at it a bag or two of those octopus snack-ums. Good god they’re delicious.

Related Listening:

“The Road Leads Where It’s Led” – The Secret Machines

“The Way” – Fastball


3 responses to “Convenient Reading

  1. For one thing, i read your blog too much and comment too much because i have little to do online except visit and facebook, and also your blog is cool. Second, i wasn’t going to comment UNTIL i saw that you put “the way” at the bottom and that was my number one all-time favorite song in 6th grade til 7th grade, so thanks for the fond memories, AND, that slight addition may have convinced me to read this book you’re pushing. once i’m done with my nerdy fantasy series, of course…

  2. Hey, I searched google for “seosan” and your blog came up. I just recently got here from Florida and was wondering if you could help me find some things around town. Send me an e-mail at if you’re interested. Thanks!

  3. Family Mart is a Japanese convenience store chain.

    It’s in Korea too?? I wonder if they look the same in Korea as they do here in Japan?

    –“Tokyo Five”

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