Okay, maybe I DO watch too much TV

kaling

But I just listened to Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and Other Concerns). It was all very agreeably bubbly, but don’t go looking for dirt on The Office–the one chapter devoted to the show is perfunctory, as if Kalin is satisfying a contractual obligation. What I loved most about the book was […]

>Old home week

>Didn’t kiss no pigs but did have a glorious drive down (up? up and down?) Sunset Blvd. from the Getty Museum to the heart of Hollywood. (Unfortunately, the only stars we saw were of the reality-show stripe, Bruce and Kris Jenner, sitting in the booth next to ours at Beso, the restaurant managed by son […]

>Some enchanted evening . . .

>“Once you have found him, never let him go. Once you have found him . . . “

>Complete with pop-up nuns but no Nazis

>”Maria always said that ‘girls in white dresses’ were among her favorite things, but she never thought she would be one of them!”–from The Sound of Music: A Classic Collectible Pop-Up, forthcoming in August from S&S.

>A message from the future

>Simon & Schuster offers new picture book biographies of Hillary Clinton (Hillary Rodham Clinton: Dreams Taking Flight by Kathleen Krull and Amy June-Bates), Barack Obama (Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope, by Nikki Grimes and Bryan Collier), and John McCain (My Dad, John McCain by Meghan McCain and Dan Andreasen ). Of interest […]

>In lieu of a gift

>I’m guessing they’re too busy to read this but maybe you’re not.

>Spit-spot

>”You’re too pretty but you’ve got the nose for it.”–P. L. Travers on the phone to Julie Andrews still abed after the birth of daughter Emma, prior to the commencement of filming Mary Poppins. I must say I came away from Home with a lot of respect for Andrews, the Julie Andrews Collection (now moved […]

>I can totally see Angelina Jolie in that part, actually.

>The news about the imminent resurrection of Dagny Taggart now completes my journey in my own personal wayback machine; thank goodness that Front Street’s Stephen Roxburgh today talked me into buying a Kindle* so I can move into the future. I’m taking another venture into the brave new world tomorrow, with my first experience of […]

>Star of the Day

>I sang this song forty years ago on Community Auditions, a low-rent Boston precursor of American Idol. But Debbie makes me realize why I didn’t win.

>But I Play One on TV

>Elissa told me that Parker Posey’s character in the new Fox sitcom The Return of Jezebel James is a HarperCollins children’s book editor. Any reports?