We don’t need no stinkin’ reviews

The news about Metropolitan Opera general manager Peter Gelb squelching Opera News is pretty juicy stuff.  While I can sympathize with the man’s wincing at criticisms of his productions in his magazine, surely he must have known that there’s no way the new policy is going to do any favors for him or the Met. […]

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 […]

A great shout-out

malcolm

This is even better than Glenn Close invoking If You Give a Mouse a Cookie in Air Force One. Richard and I are up to season eight of MI-5 (Spooks to you Brits), which opens with the return of my lady-crush agent Ruth but whose emotional trajectory is provided by the team’s tech whiz and […]

Happy new year, and welcome to a perfect new-year baby

lobstertreesmall

Here we are in Provincetown with friend Pam (other friend Lori was taking the picture), replete from days of Chex Mix and chocolate and Yahtzee, a game I thought I had mastered after years of battling AI opponents only to lose every time in this my first experience with the non-virtual dice variety. Also did […]

>Rowling on Lifetime–this could be good. Snort.

>But at least Sam got a new job! I’m so happy she’s moved on–Brian was a total wimp and Jack would only break her heart again.

>In a perfect world Hawaii Five-O would be the number one show

>I would love to be a Nielsen family, but I have never understood why the TV industry still relies on sampling for data. And apparently they will have to change.

>October Notes

>The latest issue of Notes is out, with five questions for Rosemary Wells about Max and Ruby (they should do a live-action remake with Bobby and Sally Draper, no?) and reviews of new picture books, nonfiction, chapter books and YA fantasy. Damn, what isn’t published in a series these days? Off to New York to […]

>Help Arthur reclaim his heritage!

>So Marc Brown’s Arthur is looking for a new friend. How about . . . an aardvark?

>What’s with all the flashbacks?

>I wish I could find this great example Florence King gave of a sentence filled with clauses and “had”s and “had had”s that indicated that an author “had failed to begin her story far enough back in time.” Flashbacks are ruining my prime-time experience. Lost, Heroes, Damages, even Without a Trace–it seems like they can’t […]

>Listen to the children, one more time

>Scholastic gets out the vote. And so does Hayden Panettiere (sound NSFW, but I was grateful to learn how she pronounces her name). Personally, I wish she spent less time on electioneering and more on making Heroes stop sucking so hard.