Cornbread and Cast Iron
Things have been a little stressed around here, this last week. Industrious needs surgery on his shoulder, so he’s not able to boost the old dog into the car twice daily for walks, and he can’t really look after the baby on his own, so I’ve been exploring some mother’s helper options so I can get out to the barn. Which is obviously something I could let slide, but I missed...
Meanwhile, Over at The Hairpin →
erikonymous asked: I simply must know which Amis novel you consider "the greatest comic novel of the 20th century." Not so I can get all douchey and say "Really? WTF? That one?," but because I've never read any of his novels, and because I want to and I trust your judgment.
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Speaking of "Rookie" Being Great
How awesome is this piece on coming out? I was afraid she’d kick me out of the house, but my dad would have none of it. If my mother didn’t like it, she could leave, he said. This house was for me, he said. Everything they had done was for me, he said. Whom I love was not up to them, he said. And he has stuck by me and supported me throughout. He asks me how my girlfriend is doing, he writes...
Apparently, I do want to see what Alec Baldwin’s fiancee’s ring looks like, because I totally clicked through. Spoiler: It is very nice.
On "Rookie" and the Youngs
I had a funny moment with one of my two beloved, perfect nieces, an actual teenage girl, this past week. She was raving about how she was really into this “awesome online magazine for teens,” and told me about some of her favorite articles, etc., including one on cryptozoology, which you KNOW is my jam. And I was thinking “oh, that’s neat, I should check that out.” ...
My Mad Men Recap →
…over at Off-Color TV.
My New Thing at The Hairpin →
themanwholikespants asked: Love the blog, makes me laugh, therefore = gratitude. Just wondering, have you read 'The Slap'? I attempted it today, on account of all the amazing the reviews it got when it was first published, and, well... it's just shoddily written. Maybe it's a bad starter but it just didn't seem like the kind of book that should have good things written about it. Have I given up on...
So, Blade Runner Was On AMC
And I ran and grabbed the baby so she could watch Rutger Hauer’s I’VE SEEN THINGS YOU PEOPLE WOULDN’T BELIEVE scene for the first time, because I have a serious Blade Runner complex, only to discover that it’s the horrible, non-Director’s Cut variant with the ridiculous, corny happy ending and the awful voiceovers. Look. Rachel’s gonna die, Gaff knows his...
Really Good Books About Real Murder →
My newest reading list is up at the Hairpin.
My Mad Men Recaps →
…are going to be running over at Off-Color TV. I promised to do this about a year ago, before Mad Men went into hiding. Enjoy!
So, of course I went to see The Hunger Games last night. And it was great. But, having very strong views on Male Beauty, I was all “whaaaat Peeta? No. Gale is so much hotter than you!” Because, you know, it’s important to force rank the eye candy in movies designed for teenagers. But, anyway, I was all “Gale! Team Gale!” And then, even though I always know...
Patriotic Gore, Edmund Wilson
David Blight, over at Slate, talks about a personal favourite. Also a personal favourite? Blight’s own Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory.