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...Recent music finds on
Youtube: P.S. 22 performs Innocence Mission's "There", and Leonard
Bernstein explaining Mahler's 9th symphony. Finally got to see
Francoiz Breut live in concert. Mon dieu! Nick Lowe's "The
Convincer" just rules (Saw him at Bumbershoot!) Neko Case. Also,
Laura Veir's "Troubled by the Fire." Jerry Lee Lewis "Live at the
Starclub Hamburg." Stereo Total's newest was pretty interesting, as
well. And, of course, The Comedian Harmonists
kleiner gruener Kaktus" has been going through my head recently, as
has "Killer Queen." The Stranglers "The
." What a classic! Don't forget the Bonzo Dog Band
! Old (i.e., first
. Fans of history-pop: check out Al Stewart's "Past,
Present, & Future." Fans of classical piano should investigate
Brian Ganz's rendition of Chopin Preludes.
TV: Don't own a real one, but watched a few series: Slings and
Arrows (superb: may revisit!) Star Trek TNG, How I Met Your Mother
(discussion material with niece and nephew,) Freaks and Geeks, I
Claudius series, The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard (w/Jane Horrocks of
AbFab infamy) Next up: Big Bang Theory.
FOODS: Thai, Vietnamese
, including soba
noodles, Indian, Mexican, cereal,
good bread, peaches, salmon, watermelon, blueberries.