Things to do, Summer 2009

OC Mud Run

The mud run is a 5- or 10-K dirt run involving obstacles like lake swims, mud hills and army crawls through muck. If this doesn’t sound like immediate fun to you (I was dubious at first, too), imagine it as the next logical step after playing with GI Joes in the dirt in your backyard. Plus you get a tshirt! Visit their site for details.

Read Infinite Jest

Infinite Jest is the late David Foster Wallace‘s 1000+ page masterwork. It’s both readable and worth reading, and all of the Internet is reading it this summer, from June 21 to September 22, 75 pages a week. Get into it:

Play Ultimate Frisbee

I hearby declare the summer of 2009 to be not only the Infinite Summer, but the Ultimate Summer. I’ll be playing Saturday mornings at 10 at Olympiad park in Mission Viejo.

Read Jan’s Atomic Heart

It’s a short comic in black and inkwash-grays about a man in Frankfurt with a temporary robotic prosthesis for a body. And it is gorgeous and brilliant and only $6. Preview and purchase point here. Publisher’s site here.

Listen to Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavilion and Akron/Family’s Set ‘Em Wild, Set ‘Em Free outdoors

Look, both of these albums are fantastic and clearly intended to be heard wafting across acres of greenery. Get it done.

Listen after the jump:

Merriweather Post Pavilion – A…

Set ‘Em Wild, Set ‘Em Free – A…



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