Not feeling it…

There were a few things I was thinking about writing about today.

I found a trailer for this interesting looking documentary on the man behind the Elmo puppet, called “Being Elmo,” but I’m not in a puppet mood.

I also read that “The Corrections,” by Jonathan Franzen is going to be into a miniseries on HBO. As good a writer as he is, still not raving about it.

There was another thing about “Arrested Development” coming back. It was a truly great TV show that was under appreciated and also featured David Cross — still not feeling the vibe.

Instead I’m going to use my little bit of cyberspace to say what I am excited about: Keep it going Brew Crew!

The Milwaukee Brewers are currently playing the St. Louis Cardinals in what has been dubbed the Suds Series.

Aside from who makes the best beer, this series will also determine who gets to play in the World Series, something Milwaukee has not done since 1982. They also look like they have the best chance right now, not only to make it but win the whole thing.

Look for the Cerveceros to come out swinging and take game two of the NLCS tonight. It’s at 7:05 p.m. on TBS.

Check back later in the week for some quick info and those other topics, and Brewers updates as well.

‘Freedom’ vs. ‘Infinite Jest’

Something seems morally wrong about comparing Jonathan Franzen and David Foster Wallace — literary contemporaries from the 1990s — seeing how Foster committed suicide in 2008 due to depression.

But the two went head to head for much of their careers and Foster sent the benchmark with his 1996 novel “Infinite Jest.’

Franzen, though challenges Wallace’s Jest with his 2010 release “Freedom.”

Both writers have similar qualities but at the same time the novels have drastic differences.

Character development is a major part of each of their writing styles as is more than 500 pages and Jest more than 1,000. In both a majority of that builds, grows and changes characters (this can be said about most novels). But I’ve never experienced such a deep effort as in these two books.

Jest has two storylines that eventually overlap, sometime around page 450 if memory serves me correct.

Wallace also created a drastically altered and complex world. Where as Franzen takes the world we know and have lived in and creates his storyline somewhat around major events. Sept. 11 is one example.

Wallace has the U.S., Canada and Mexico as one state and creates a new form of media in his writing, a much different world then we know today.

It’s because of having to get the mind around another world entirely that “Freedom” I found was the much easier read. More than 500 pages also help. Jest took months and I needed an online support group (Infinite Summer) to make my way through it without pulling my hair out. “Freedom” was a matter of weeks.

“Freedom” has its plot swings but I’d compare reading it vs. Jest to relaxing by a north woods lake to being strung out on some synthetic, hallucinogenic drug wandering the Mojave. “Freedom” felt at home and down to earth, at times Jest felt like a never ending nightmare.

Both writers have a cruel sort of style and things aren’t all roses in the books. It can be argued that Wallace uses substantially more detail, I believe there are at least 150 pages of footnotes.

In knowing both writers can pull on their readers emotionally with that detail, the endings came as a bit of a shock to me.

It won’t spoil anything, but these books nicely compliment each other, almost like “1984” and “Brave New World.”

It’s cold out there, do yourself a favor and get reading.