THOUGHTS I'VE HAD WHILE READING STEPHEN KING'S 11/22/63

An ongoing list. Spoiler alerts. Obviously.
  1. I might be a little in love with the character of Harry Dunning.
    His poor grammar. The way he calls Jake "Mr. Epping." His refusal to be a "teachable moment."
  2. King's description of this "fog of unreality" (p. 15) really has me worried.
    He IS a horror writer, after all.
  3. What the hell is a yellow card?
  4. I need to read "The Summer People"
    Shirley Jackson also wrote "The Lottery," I believe. And like Jake says, she never had any larger message to that one, despite people's best efforts to find one.
  5. So they're NOT catburgers
    Well, that's a relief.
  6. The maxi pads
    That is the kind of detail that makes King a master of his craft. Truly. Brilliant.
  7. Jake arrives at Al's true intentions far faster than I would have.
    And I read the book blurb, so I already knew he was going to try to save JFK. But I certainly wouldn't have on my own.
  8. Watershed = cartography term
    This will be useful pub trivia one day.
  9. This whole changing history thing seems a bit dangerous
  10. Oh my heck. Harry's essay.
    Was wondering how Harry was going to work into all this.
  11. WHY IS THE CARD ORANGE?!
    This makes me very nervous!
  12. Because throwing the coins and phone into the water where they could wash up is totally fool proof.
    Why didn't you leave these in the diner, Jake?! Are you trying to destroy the fabric of time?!
  13. "...only marginally more charming than a dead hooker on a church pew..."
    Good thing Jake wasn't working for Derry's tourism board...
  14. Uncomfortable confession: I thought Harry Dunning was a black man.
    I'm a little sick to my stomach to realize I bought into racist stereotypes, assuming Harry was black based on his station in life, the violence in his own life, and his lack of education. Had to do a double take when King describes Ellen as having red hair. (Admittedly, the only person I have ever met in real life who attacked someone with a hammer was a young black man. One of the favourite kids I ever worked with in juvenile justice, actually. But that's not really an excuse.)
  15. Reading about Tugga's death has just reminded me that Stephen King is a horror writer.
    I could have done without that imagery.
  16. Butterfly effect confirmed!
  17. Oh, come on, Al. You bastard!
  18. Yellow - no, orange! - no, black! - card man.
    Suicide? Murder? Either way, if I were Jake I'd be getting the hell out of dodge.
  19. This third trip back is going entirely too smoothly.
    What gives?
  20. Awwww, Miz Mimi!
  21. I really should have written my paper for Friday's class.
    Like, before starting this book. Now I can't put it down and my grade is clearly going to suffer.
  22. The jimla. WTF? Why is it in this kid's dream?! What/who the hell is a jimla?!
  23. "Left a dropped calf"? Is that some sort of 60s slang for illegitimate children?!
  24. Oh my hell! Johnny!
    Jake/George was right! And OF COURSE it's the same day he's tracking Oswald. King, you brilliant bastard, you.
  25. AND HE OWNS THE PLYMOUTH FURY!
  26. "The past is obdurate."
    This is my new catchphrase anytime something goes wrong. Car won't start? The past is obdurate. Computer crashes? The past is obdurate. Out of lucky charms for breakfast? The past is obdurate.
  27. Omg. He's going back AGAIN, isn't he?
  28. Green card guy?
    Well, I'm glad to finally have some answers about the rabbit hole and how this whole thing works.
  29. Wow. I didn't know it was possible for there to be a WORSE future.
    Love that he meets up with Harry Dunning, though.
  30. Jake's comparison of himself to Oswald is stunning.
    p. 827, where his says his willingness to risk all of reality for love makes Oswald's insanity "piddling." This is very clear-headed for a man in love.
  31. 😭
  32. Bravo, Mr. King.
    👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻