Did you read The Handmaid’s Tale in high school as I did?
The dystopian work of fiction was horrifying to my teenage self but far-removed — nothing I could realistically see occurring in my lifetime.
Then Trump happened.
Now every event portrayed in the television adaptation that dropped yesterday on Hulu — only three episodes, quite frustrating for binge watchers like me — seems like a warning of things to come if we are not vigilant.
Women universally stripped of their rights to work and own property, then treated as property and debased. The LGBTQ community hanged for simply being. It is terrifying and dressed up as a return to traditional values.
I signed up for a free trial to Hulu just to watch this series. I think everyone should.
It’s that important.
Posted in Commentary, Entertainment, Life, Philosophy, Politics, Television
Tagged binge watching, books, commentary, dystopian, entertainment, Hulu, life, philosophy, politics, Television, The Handmaid's Tale, traditional values, Trump, women's rights
Met Life, say it isn’t so.
You’re dropping Peanuts as the spokes characters for your brand?
Snoopy and the gang can sell anything…plus, your timing couldn’t be worse.
The popular comic just released a new feature film, and a weekly cartoon series is coming to television at the end of the year. Not to mention a new book (that I wrote) which is being released November 1st.
If I saw the Met Life folks, I think I would probably say:
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Tagged advertising, books, Charlie Brown, comics, entertainment, Humor, Met Life, Movies, Peanuts
I thought I had read Thomas Wolfe, but it turns out I haven’t.
That didn’t stop me from going to see the movie Genius, which details the publication of Wolfe’s first two novels, and his relationship with his editor Max Perkins.
Jude Law’s Wolfe is a loud, melodramatic Southerner, self-involved yet low in self-esteem. Colin Firth as Perkins is his solid, steady opposite, the voice of reason who, despite his better judgment, is drawn to Wolfe’s charm and bravado.
I expected the movie to focus on their editorial process, and it does. But instead of passing any judgments on Wolfe as a writer, it celebrates their relationship – – more like a father and son than editor and writer.
Both of their families suffered at times from their single-mindedness, but no one more than Wolfe himself.
I now have Wolfe’s first book Look Homeward, Angel on hold at the library. I suppose I was charmed as well.
Posted in Books, Celebrities, Entertainment, Humor, Movies, Relationships, Writing
Tagged books, celebrities, Colin Firth, editor, entertainment, father, Genius movie, Humor, Jude Law, Movies, Relationships, son, Thomas Wolfe, writer
Okay, I finally caved.
After watching a fellow passenger color for three solid hours on a flight from San Francisco to Minneapolis, I bought two books this weekend and gave it a try.
It’s pretty darn fun.
This page is from a coloring book on Tokyo (which I visited in 2014). I also got one on New York City.
I would write more, but I think I will color instead.
Posted in Books, color, Crafts, Humor, Life, Shopping
Tagged books, coloring, coloring book, crafts, flight, Humor, life, New York City, passenger, pencil in, Tokyo
This rhyme might have worked for fish,
But not so much for birthday wish…
Posted in Books, Children, Entertainment, Humor, Writing
Tagged birthday, birthday cake, books, children, Dr. Seuss, entertainment, one fish two fish, rhyme, today you are you, writing
I ran across a feature today online poking fun at the titles of young adult novels.
I recently took a couple of classes in YA lit at NYU, so this naturally caught my eye. And of all the ‘what they really should be called’ entries, this one made me say, “Oh, hell yeah!”
Posted in Books, Commentary, Education, Humor, Internet
Tagged books, commentary, education, Humor, Internet, literature, Meg Cabot, Movies, New York City, NYU, online, The Princess Diaries, YA, young adult
I had to mail two packages at the post office today and noticed a book of Harry Potter stamps behind the counter.
They’re so pretty.
So, of course I bought some.
(I knew you’d want to, too.)
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Tagged books, Harry Potter, Humor, mail, Movies, post office, postage, spells, stamps
You know Sherlock Holmes from novels, television and film.
Mr. Holmes gives us the man behind the myth — the real detective that was fictionalized some 30 years after his last case.
This Holmes is 93 years old, frail and in the early stages of what appears to be Alzheimers. Aware that his memory is fading, he returns to his country home (and his bees) to attempt to piece together the forgotten details of his final case — a failure that made him leave sleuthing for good.
But why can’t he remember that mistake?
Ian McKellen is wonderful in the title role…more human and less ticky than his predecessors, although just as brutally honest. Laura Linney’s accent comes and goes as the dour housekeeper, but Milo Parker is winning as her son Roger, who helps Holmes care for his bees and ultimately find his past.
There’s even a little something for fans of Young Sherlock Holmes, which I am…so I left the theater happy.
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Tagged Alzheimers, books, celebrities, commentary, detective, entertainment, Humor, Ian Kellen, Laura Linney, memory, Milo Parker, Movies, Mr. Holmes, reviews, Television, Young Sherlock Holmes
Posted in Books, Friends, Humor, Life, Philosophy
Tagged books, chart, dog-earred pages, friends, Humor, life, philosophy, throw the book at them, truth, Venn diagram
Can’t imagine my apartment without bookshelves in every room!
Ebooks are convenient , but real books feel, smell and look so good.
Hug a book today!
Posted in Books, Design, Home, Humor, Life
Tagged books, bookshelves, decor, design, ebooks, feel, home, hug a book, Humor, life, look, reading, smell, World Book Day