Saturday, October 22, 2011


It was hard to concentrate this afternoon. I didn't have any classes today, but I had to prepare for culture training, which two of us are presenting on Wednesday. However, my friend, who returned from the States yesterday, brought me the Kindle Keyboard 3G, which I'd asked him to pick up for me. Seeing one for the first time, Hanna thought there was a cover over the screen and went to pull off a plastic layer. "{It looks like a fake,}" she said in Chinese. I'm excited about having this device at last because it's so hard to get English books out here. There's one bookstore with English texts, but it's all the way downtown, and its selection is rather limited. I walk everywhere I go, so I'm pretty jazzed about the text-to-speech feature, which reads books to me. First up is Laurence Sterne's The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, of course—nobody's surprised.

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