BOOKS: When you work with young adults, different titles catch your
eye, such as RJ Palacio's "Wonder," and "Schooled" by Gordon
Korman. I have "American Gods" by Neil Gaimon on long-term hiatus.
Read "New City Upon a Hill" by Joseph Rocco Mitchell, an accounting
of the creation of my hometown of Columbia, Maryland written by my
HS history teacher. "Bernstein" picture-bio, Howard Cosell's "I
never played the Game." I wish I had read that book before the
stadium wars in Seattle! Finished David Bradley's "The Chaneysville
Incident." Pretty full-on, chock-full book dealing with race in
America, particularly the eastern border states. Erwin Cooper's
"Jokerland" was rough around the edges in terms of editing, but he
gets his point across about clueless water/resource use.
Other faves include: "A Confederacy of Dunces," Charles Johnson's
"Middle Passage," Leslie Marmon Silko's "Ceremony," and Jean
Merrill's "The Pushcart War" "Up the Down Staircase," "The Five
People You Meet in Heaven." And, I admit it, the first six Harry
Potter books. Hey, I've got to keep up with the nephews!
MOVIES: "The Lives of Others" "After the Wedding." "Walk the Line"
was fine. "The Last Days of Sophie Scholl was difficult to watch,
but compelling as all and recommended. I want to see the new German
film about the Edelweiss Pirates if it ever comes to the States.
"Downfall" was heavy and Bruno Ganz was amazing. "Guess Who"
sucked; I'll take the original any day. "The Corporation" was
pretty full on and chockablock with information and food for
thought. Watched Billy Wilder's "The Apartment" again; Fred
MacMurray plays such a great sleazeball! Don't know how classic it
is, but saw "16 candles" again. Not very ethnically sensitive, but
still a few good bits. "The Harmonists, about 1920-30's German
vocalists the Comedian Harmonists, "Supersize Me" and "The Control
Room" are highly recommended as well.
MUSIC: Too many to mention all, but...The Fruit Bats, Leonard
Cohen, Pink Martini w/the Von Trapps, P.S. 22, Leonard Bernstein
(explaining Mahler's 9th symphony.)
Francoiz Breut (Mon dieu!) Nick Lowe, Neko Case, Laura Veirs, Jerry
Lee Lewis "Live at the Starclub Hamburg." Stereo Total, The
. "Mein kleiner gruener Kaktus" " The Stranglers
."the Bonzo Dog Band
! Old (i.e., first
. Al Stewart's "Past, Present, & Future." Pianist Brian
TV: Don't own one,
nonetheless: Slings and Arrows (watched again) Star Trek TNG, How I
Met Your Mother (discussion material with niece and nephew,) Freaks
and Geeks, I Claudius, The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard (w/Jane Horrocks
of AbFab infamy) Big Bang Theory.
FOODS: Thai, Vietnamese
, including soba
noodles, Indian, Mexican, cereal,
good bread, peaches, salmon, watermelon, blueberries.