Sunday, June 27, 2010

Harsh Short Stories

Burning Bright, a collection of short stories by Ron Rash, is worth your time, Dear Gentle Reader(s).

The first couple are somewhat harsh to read.  They do, however, inoculate against the remaining stories, making them easier to take.

If Southern Gothic doesn’t fit these, it should.

Enjoy.  If that’s the correct word.

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Boom! Bust! Saving Grace…meh

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The series finale for Saving Grace was a partial disappointment. 

The whole Grace-as-off-the-tracks first part lacked sense.  All during the series Grace Hanadarko was her own person, in charge.  During the penultimate scenes she was acting out a moment in the life of the little girl who died under the wheels of Grace’s car, but whose death was the result of a series of normal activities, none of which could be assigned ultimate responsibility.  Yet Grace assumed the total burden to the point of virtual suicide.

What was that about?  If there was a rationale for the arc, writers, you didn’t get your point across very well.

The whole angel angle of the series was amusing and interesting.  It is, however, a lose-lose proposition.  The presence of angels is speculation.  And the presence of “evil” which bleeds and can be wiped out in an explosion is speculation to the nth degree.

At least we got to see Ken Johnson once more as a sweat (or baby oil) drenched lover.

(Corny saluting bit, too.)

Loved the series; not so much the finale.

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Brachytherapy 28 months later

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As part of the brachytherapy treatment for prostate cancer is a prescription for certain hormones which assist the remnants of the prostate gland.  A side effect of this prescription is “breast enlargement.”

Guess what that means.



(Actually it’s :-)…what a joke!)

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Fathers’ Day

Hie the hence, Dear Gentle Reader(s), and get thee over to The New York Times website to Nicholas Kristof’s column today and read about a wonderful rat.

And Fathers’ Day.

And this wonderful quote:  “Father’s Day tends to be less a celebration of fatherhood than a triumph of commercialism.”

You’ll be glad you did.

And Happy Everybody’s Day.

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Monday, June 14, 2010

If you don’t like puns…

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…or word play…or stale jokes which have been revived, then don’t read The Pint Man by Steve Rushin.  You won’t like it.

If you do like puns, etc., this is the book for you.

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Saturday, June 05, 2010

A 60’s Lesson for the 2010’s

Remember, Dear Gentle Reader(s), the 1960’s?

No?  Yes?

Well for those of you who do, here’s a reminder; for those of you who don’t, here’s a tidbit.

There was a wonderful bumper sticker with a good lesson for us today.  For the “entitlement” generation, whether we’re new to it or not, the lesson on the sticker is:

“Ass, Gas, or Grass!  No one rides for free”

There’s always a price to be paid by someone.

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