From February 16, 2006:
Yesterday, I was poking around all the chess blogs out there. I was curious why Man de la Maza named his blog as such. His whole blog has a quixotic theme to it. So part of my day yesterday I was reading up on the history of Cervantes novel Don Quixote. I found that it is considered by many to be the best novel ever written. When I was at BYU, I'd walk down the halls of the JKHB and see all these posters about Don Quixote. I always thought it was just some obscure old novel ... never really paid much attention to it. But after reading about it yesterday, I thought that I might be interested in reading the actual book. So I took some money I received from my birthday and bought Edith Grossman's translation of Don Quixote. I also bought another book that I had heard was really good ... The Life of Pi by Yann Martel. After class last night, I made my lunch, watched a little TV and then delved into Quixote. Judging by its size, I think I'll finish right about the time I'm done with school and just in time to follow in the footsteps of Man de la Maza ... which, by the way, is a play on words of the play Man of La Mancha which is based on Don Quixote.