Happy Friday

This is more of a Sunday late afternoon song, but what the heck. Listen to it while you read the “Malibu, California” section of World War Z. Or just watch the video and try not to crumble under the intense and very direct gazes of the band.

Snowy Stowe

Almost an entire winter without snow and in one weekend in Vermont, we get over a foot, with deadly icicles to match.

While the rest of the family skied through the whiteout, I caught up on reading, stirred the chili, drank a full pot of tea, and experimented with a loaner camera from work. A big, heavy lens makes even the most amateur of novices feel skillful, even one who is scared to turn off the automatic settings…


The Outlaw Album

It seems to be the theme of 2012 – “better late than never” – but over a year after sitting slack-jawed through the cold, mournful film that is Winter’s Bone, I cracked into Daniel Woodrell’s written works.  Suffice to say he’s quickly shooting up to the top ranks of my favorite author list. It’s dark stuff, The Outlaw Album, and for someone who favors unending heavy tomes of historical fiction mixed with some Roald Dahl and the occasional chick lit, I was bit dismayed that the first of his writing I checked out from the library was a slim book of short stories. But they pack a serious, creepy punch. And if you are wondering how a punch can be serious, just picture a wizened but strong clenched fist, dirt under the gnawed fingernails, with spiderwebs.  They are exactly those types of stories.

So go get the book (thanks Boston Public Library – you are the main reason I’m lukewarm-ingly happy to pay state taxes), make sure your room is chilly enough to warrant a blanket and dark enough to need a lamp, and read this with a mug of warm, milky tea.  You could also read it on your private beach in St. John and be totally immersed while earning my contempt, but if we’re going to set the perfect reading environment, get thee to some northern environ and snuggle up.

I’m semi-inspired to check out another film based off of Woodrell’s book Woe to the Devil, if only to see the casting spectacle that includes Skeet Ulrich, Tobey Maguire (blech), and…Jewel?? Seems a little cheeseball, based on the trailer. Probably a scenario of book trumping movie, as is so woefully often the case. Would love to know if anyone has seen it and if it’s worth a view…

Stuff and The 100 Thing Challenge

There are a lot of things I would buy if I had a little more discretionary income. These include, but are not limited to: A roller suitcase with wheels that actually spin and are free from cracks resulting from curb-to-asphalt … Continue reading