Monday, April 30, 2018
Sunday, April 29, 2018
Good schlock and atmosphere on last night's entry. Ending is a nice touch. And Also: Read The Novel (1963) by Elizabeth Drew (not that one) and it was worth the $2 ($1, round up to give a donation to Housing Works Bookstore). Seriously, found most of the chapters interesting though only read Emma (she seems to undersell the range of Jane Austen a tad) and Moll Flanders (years back) of the 15 so can't judge her analysis totally.
Saturday, April 28, 2018
There are some questions of why and details that should be sought out, but seems to be a political dispute of some sort on Ryan's end. I am wary of legislative chaplains as is and kinda shocked at the 172K salary. But, if they are in place, the process has to be firmly bipartisan and out in the open. This wasn't and yeah doubt Ryan's bona fides. Shocker.
Joy Reid has received a lot of support after reports she said some crude GLBT related things on her blog a decade or so ago. She apologized in the past for snide comments about Charles Crist, someone many sneered at as a closet case.
Her statement today, including saying though she honestly thought it was a hack but that it can't be back-up up by the evidence available, was a good one. I think it's quite possible she said the things and her current self finds it hard to believe it. Hacking -- recently someone posted a video of Obama saying something outrageous to show the possibility out there to spread disinformation -- surely isn't out of the realm of possibility. But, I'm iffy there.
And, if many on the left are honest, they shared some of the thoughts expressed such as being uncomfortable about men kissing or the like. I think this is a learning exercise about human nature and the ability of people overall worthy of respect evolving and having blind-spots. I surely have done enough to warrant empathy for those who deserve it.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
I read a handful of short books and put two -- a good YA book on marijuana and a children's story about an ancient artist and his cat -- on the side panel. The Landmark Cases (Season 2) book is okay enough but a bit thin. Found an enjoyable old paperback thriller at a used book store from the 1960s. Just a nod to the genre. A book of poetry wasn't quite to my liking. ETA: I watched Alicia Witt -- better known for her television work -- at a nice venue (different performance there) for a reasonable price ($10 + two drinks) and she came out afterwards to meet people and sell her CDs. Talented and pleasant personality.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Monday, April 23, 2018
Friday, April 20, 2018
Thursday, April 19, 2018
I did not really care for The Death of Stalin though it was well acted -- didn't appreciate its satirical style and it seemed to me rather serious. Expected something different. Scarlet A: The Ethics, Law, and Politics of Ordinary Abortion aims to focus on "ordinary" abortion, not the special cases. But, it basically covers general ground from a bioethics perspective. Nothing revolutionary there, but a good down to earth read covering the bases. ETA: I enjoyed A Death of No Importance, an historical mystery thru the eyes of a maid until the last twenty or so pages. I wondered at fifty pages left what was left to take that long. What was left was about twenty pages of "isn't this over ... uh" material. The surprise ending doesn't even quite make sense. SPOILER: wouldn't there need to be three bodies?
Monday, April 16, 2018
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Sunday, April 08, 2018
Happy National Poetry Month. I re-read two poems of mine that were chosen above others in my high school and still don't know why. The "love" poem was particularly silly. The English teacher asked me to waive the second place ($20) so someone else would have it. I was fine with that; $30 is the most I received in my life for my writings. My wish is to get something in that department. Did get a few letters printed, including in the NYT (in the 1990s)!