Time // 6:07 PM EDT
Happenings // Just got back from Nashville for a weekend with the family. It’s left me exhausted. On the way up I discovered (probably to my professional and blogging detriment) Periscope. It gave me some amusement on the drive up to Nashville.
We went to see The Hermitage, the home of Andrew Jackson and I basically learned he was a pretty big dick. Who okayed putting his face on the twenty dollar bill? Endorsed slavery? Expanded the role of the presidency? TRAIL OF TEARS? I THINK WE CAN FIND SOMEONE BETTER TO PUT ON OUR MOST USED PIECE OF PAPER CURRENCY. Ahem. Just saying.
Tomorrow is the first day of a new job with a considerable commute. I’m going to get to listen to so many audio books. I don’t know what this commute might mean for the blog – but – I’m not making any decisions yet. Naturally I’ll still be active over at The Socratic Salon. But let’s just wait and see.
Reading // Still working my way through the audio of Wizard and Glass.
Watched // Jurassic World, by far it’s the best Jurassic Park film since the original but – and I’m gonna get some haters here – outside of Parks and Rec, Chris Pratt couldn’t act his way out of a wet paper bag.
Okay Readers! How was your week? What do you anticipate for next week?
So last Friday the U.S. Supreme Court issued its 5-4 opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges which ultimately made marriage equality the law of the land in the United States. The decision with four separate dissents totaled 103 pages. While I found the majority decision, written by Justice Kennedy to be as eloquent as Supreme Court decisions come – the real gem in this piece was Justice Scalia’s dissent. He’s furious and it completely shows in his dissent. With all respect due to a Justice of the Supreme Court, I present to you a dramatic reading of Justice Scalia’s dissent in Obergefell. Enjoy. I know it’s no Hogwarts School of […]
It’s that time of year y’all! If you were here ’round this time last year, you know that I don’t do my best of list until the end of June, mostly because everyone is so sick of best of lists in December that they want to throw up. So, here’s my best twelve books of 2014 list while you’re fresh and ready! The Word Exchange by: Alena Graedon – Mostly this list is in no particular order, but The Word Exchange blew my socks off so early in the year that very little else came close to me. I love dystopia, I especially love a near future […]
Time // 1:50 PM EDT. Watching // Somehow I’ve gotten sucked into a Naked and Afraid marathon on The Discovery Channel. It’s like a train wreck that I can’t look away from. Reading // I’m looking. I finished The Beautiful Bureaucrat this week and I’m looking for something as satisfying and readable as that. Celebrating // The inevitable Supreme Court decision that makes marriage equality the law of the land in The States. The best summary of the 103 page opinion and dissents can be found in Haiku format at McSweeney’s. I also love what Twitter did with the love wins hashtag. The fact that SCOTUS left the ACA in tact is […]
Soooo… Anne Rice’s son. Perhaps it was reading this book right in the wake of the Charleston massacre that made it so distasteful to me, but I found the appropriation of slavery to use as a plot point (a big one, no doubt) to be a bit offensive. The writing in The Vines is mediocre, at best. None of the characters are fully fleshed out and the supernatural elements are less than fully explored. Perhaps I could have overlooked the angry black slave woman being cast in the role of the voodoo queen had the writing been a little better. As it was, this is strictly […]
So, this book isn’t good, it’s not bad, it just kind of is. I suppose that Eeny Meeny is a pretty decent airplane read. A little bit gory, a little bit suspenseful, but mostly just good grisly fun. Don’t go into it expecting to find anything deep and important, or any insight, or needed to analyze anything and you’ll probably have a good time (if suspense/horror is your genre of choice). I liked the lead character, Detective Inspector Helen Grace, she’s strong but flawed. Also like most of the characters in this novel, not terribly developed, but maybe just enough. One thing that took me by […]
Time // 8:13 PM EDT #flashreadathon // has been pretty good. I’m almost done with the audio of the third Dark Tower book, The Wastelands, finished a airplane read ARC called Eeny Meeny, and started on Christopher Rice’s book The Vines, which I’m thinking some thoughts about. Watching // Yesterday I took The Girl to see Inside Out, the new Pixar film – I’ve been waiting for it since I first saw the previews since it seemed like a great opportunity for Disney to make some headway into the idea of educating our kids about emotions (and the importance of all of them) in a fun way. I don’t know […]
You’re expecting me to go from The Casual Vacancy to Harry Potter or maybe the Robert Galbraith books, but I’m not going to do that. I’m goin’ crazy, y’all. F’real though. The use of heroin and methadone in The Casual Vacancy is a huge theme which makes me think of Requiem for a Dream by Hubert Selby, Jr. it’s such the perfect description of the slippery slope down into addiction. It’s also a book that I’m too scared to watch the movie because I’m afraid I will be so disturbed the images will never leave my head. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess is a book like that too. I […]
Time // 11:17 AM EDT Making // Gouda! I’m back in the swing of cheesemaking and started a new batch of gouda. I’m changing it up by attempting a pepper spiced gouda along with a regular wheel of gouda. Here are some pictures on the development! The next steps will be to dry out the rind of the gouda after the brining (2 – 3 days at room temperature) and eventually to wax it. I need to remember to label which one is the pepper gouda (obviously shown left in the last picture). Receiving // The Book Riot Quarterly Seven. Quite frankly it was incredibly disappointing. I […]
As the memes say, Dietland was so much win for me. It’s possible that part of the win came from the fact that I almost didn’t read it. Shannon at River City Reading sent me her copy and I wasn’t really arrested by the description, but I am a feminist so I thought I might as well give it a whirl, if for no other reason Shannon spent $4.07 mailing it to me. Guys. This book will change your life. Or at the very least will have you re-examining so many parts of our culture. This book touched me in a very personal way so, before I get […]