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Posted Thursday night, October 18, 2018. Kiki Layne and Stephan James in a scene from “If Beale Street Could the Talk” adapted from the novel by James Baldwin and directed by Barry Jenkins. Opens November 30. Mrs M had our first movie date in a year the other day. Saw “A Star is Born”. Review in the works. Meanwhile, the trailer for “If Beale Street Could Talk” made her cry. Nah, not me. I'm a rock. Well... Maybe I shed a manly tear or two. Click on the photo or follow the link to cry for yourself… Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at Lance Mannion
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Mined from the notebooks, October 1, 2018. Posted Wednesday, October 17, 2018. Reminding us who’s really in charge: Prosecutor Rachel Mitchell question Dr Christine Blasey Ford during the Senate Judiciary’s hearings on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court while her white male bosses, the Committee Republicans, look on. September 27, 2018. AP Photo by Tom Williams via digg. From the quotable goddess echidne: One day, fairly soon, the Supreme Court will have an all-male majority...which will kill Roe. Just imagine that group photo! And think of the message it sends. In my naiveté and innocence I used to think... Continue reading
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Posted Monday morning, October 15, 2018. “You have to be a truly bad candidate to lose to someone who manifestly falls short of, and indeed endangers, what both parties stand for”: Trump-loathing conservative but still conservative Bill Kristol embracing the joy of trolling. It’s not necessary that conservatives who are appalled by Trump and who either opposed his ever becoming the GOP’s nominee let alone President from the first or who have come to advocate his being removed from office---one of those Venn diagrams that’s practically a circle, unfortunately. Judging by the polls, once Trump, #ForeverTrump.---become Democrats or renounce and... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Lance Mannion
Sharon, thank you! Mom Mannion's in her new digs, back on her medication regimen, and seems to be improving physically---that is, some of her symptoms have become less severe. She's also in much better spirits. Davis, our family's best to you and your dad! May we all grow even older together.
Marc, I actually enjoyed "Solo" too. I hope that comes across when I post my review because there are a lot of flaws that aren't just "canon" flaws. They're routine storytelling and moviemaking flaws. For instance, why is there so little color? Also like you I was surprised by you know whose appearance. My sons had to explain the backstory to me and show me scenes from "Rebels" to help me wrap my head around it.
toasters, Holmes would be the first to disagree he's a superhero. He routinely insists that anybody with a modicum of intelligence (Watson being the prime example, but certain members of Scotland Yard as well) could learn his methods and learn to apply them. It's also the case that Watson does tend to romanticize his friend. (This is partly Conan Doyle at work trying to humanize a character he was worried his readers wouldn't really like.) I don't see him as a superhero myself. But I do see him as the prototype for a specific superhero, one who travels under the sobriquet "The World's Greatest Detective." IIRC, Holmes is one of Bruce Wayne's heroes and role models. Kaleberg, I haven't read any of the Gerard series. I'll have to check them out. Sounds like Doyle did Flashman before Flashman.
Geox, I might have been a bit hyperbolic there. But there are some pretty bad actors in the book, Manges being one of them---there's more about him than I got into here. But the Donald Trump who appears in the book is 1980s Donald Trump when he was just another up and coming Reagan era greedhead. You can see the qualities that would make him the monster he is today (and several people around him did see him growing worse) but in the context of the time, he wasn't the worst crooked wheeler dealer wheeling and dealing. It's just hard to see him in the context of those times now. The idea he might be president was in no one's head but his own and he was still keeping it to himself. But at the time he there was nothing special about him. There still isn't really. He's a type. The thing that sets him apart from other types like him is that he's in the White House and they're still operating their cons, doing their bullying, and using their wealth and influence to make life miserable for people in Wichita and Ashtabula. Chief, the morning before you posted the quote from Thompson my son was quoting him to me making a similar point. GMTA.
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Posted Sunday morning, October 14, 2018. Post card from the writer and old blogging acquaintance Bill Roorbach. A stretch of the Spurwink River in Maine. Tuesday afternoon, October 9, 2018. Bill’s note: Paddled to the ocean this afternoon with the tide but against the wind, paddled back against the tide but with the wind. Story of my life. Plus beauty and a swim, and the latest monarchs I’ve ever seen, heading south to meet the storm... ______________________________________________________________________________________________ Bill’s latest collection of stories, “The Girl of the Lake”, is available in paperback and for kindle at Amazon and as an audiobook... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Lance Mannion
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Posted Sunday morning, October 14, 2018. Striking Pullman workers in a stand-off with troops from the Illinois National Guard outside the Arcade in the company town of Pullman, 1894. These strikers might have had stoked up on free bread and baked goods donated by Eliot Ness’ immigrant baker father Peter, a supporter of the strike who was always willing to provide free food to customers who couldn’t afford to pay and make small loans he never expected to be repaid. Started a new book last Tuesday night. Yes, I’m still reading “Football for a Buck”. And “Young Benjamin Franklin”. And... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Lance Mannion
Saturday. 4 a.m. 46 degrees. Rain predicted. Wide awake, waiting for the coffee to brew, reviewing my sins. A goose headed for the river flies over the house, honking lonesomely. _____________________________________________________________ Filed under How the Weather Was. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Lance Mannion
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Posted Friday afternoon, October 12, 2018. Oliver Sacks writing in his journal outside the Amsterdam train station. Photo by Lowell Handler via Brain Pickings. I’d forgotten Voltaire was a doctor. Here’s one of my favorite writers Paul Theroux on the difference between interviewing most writers and interviewing one of his favorite writers, his friend, Dr Oliver Sacks. I especially like the bit about writers being full of the contents of a cracker barrel… A writer’s life is almost unapproachable except through the writing, which is full of ambiguities. You spend time with a writer and you get---what?---wool-gathering, silences, rants, evasions,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Lance Mannion
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Mined from the notebooks, Sunday, September 30, 2018. Posted Wednesday morning, October 10, 2018. Detail from a painting of the 20th Century Italian virgin martyr Saint Maria Goretti at prayer on display at her family home, via the St JoseMaria Institute. This is the first of two parts. Part two in the works. Somewhere in the jumble of self-flattery, self-pity, self-satisfaction, fallacious logic, overacted righteous indignation, and lies and evasions that made up his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday [September 27], Brett Kavanaugh played the good Catholic card. Being a good Catholic appears to be synonymous in his... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2018 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Sunday morning, October 7, 2018. The galaxy in ruins: a scene from the dystopian action-adventure “Solo: A Star Wars Story”. Finally saw “Solo”. It was our feature presentation for Family Movie Night last night. (Review in the works.) It’s billed as “A Star Wars” story but its strongest connection to Star Wars for me was in its reinforcing my longtime conviction that the movies take place in a dystopian civilization based on ancient technologies and science that people know how to operate and how to fix but which nobody alive in the movies’ timeframe except the Wookies, Anakin Skywalker,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2018 at Lance Mannion
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I’m not sure I have the time… At Barnes & Noble. Newburgh, New York. Just now. Eleven a.m. Sunday, October 7, 2018. Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2018 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Sunday morning, October 7, 2018. My feeling is that the world would be a happier, healthier, fairer, and safer place if people didn’t live their lives trying to please a capricious, vindictive, imaginary sky-demon who seems to want us to show our love for him by accepting whatever sorrow and suffering he feels like inflicting. Most people don’t agree. They’d rather live in a universe arbitrarily and perversely ruled by that sky-demon than in an indifferent one in which there is no higher power who cares they exist even enough to make their lives miserable. Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2018 at Lance Mannion
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Mined from the notebooks, Thursday night, October 4, 2018. Posted Saturday morning, October 6. The Captain says goodbye: Mets great David Wright walks off the field to tremendous applause and not a few tears after his making his final appearance as a player, Saturday night, September 29, 2018. Photo by Demtrius Freeman, courtesy of the New York Times. Last Saturday night, when we got home from running some errands, I absent-mindedly turned on the Mets game. I hadn’t been paying them much attention the last week. The only interesting thing left to their season was whether de Grom was going... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2018 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Thursday night, October 4, 2018. Bob Newhart as the incompetent squadron commander Major Major Major escaping his responsibilities in the movie version of Joseph Heller’s “Catch-22”. (Click on the photo to watch the clip on YouTube.) Major Major has a real-life counterpart in Jeff Pearlman’s “Football for a Buck.” Like I was saying, not every character in Jeff Pearlman’s “Football for a Buck” is a thief, fool, out and out villain, or Donald Trump. There are plenty of decent, honest, and talented people at work trying to help the USFL thrive and survive. But in the mix there are... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2018 at Lance Mannion
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Mined from the notebooks, Tuesday night, October 2, 2018. Posted Wednesday night, October 3. His sliminess was as much a calling card as his savvy: Clinton Manges, owner of the United State Football Leauge’s San Antonio Gunslingers during the USFL’s brief existence in the 1980s. Donald Trump owned the New Jersey Generals at the same time, and in some ways Manges was a worse person than Trump, and even he isn’t the worst person in the book! Photo courtesy of the San Antonio News-Examiner. Watching baseball. Reading football. Cubs and Rockies in the NL Wildcard game. “Football for a Buck:... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2018 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Sunday night, September 30, 2018. “Sherlock, I am your father.”: Jared Harris (foreground) as Sherlock Holmes’ nemesis Professor Moriarty in Guy Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”. Harris’ Moriarty is the very best Moriarty I’ve seen on screen, a distinction I don’t expect to be challenged by the newest Sherlock Holmes movie, even though Moriarty is going to be played by Ralph Fiennes. There’s a new Sherlock Holmes movie coming out in which Ralph Fiennes is playing Moriarty. This is great news! I’d be happier to report there’s a new Sherlock Holmes movie in which Fiennes is playing... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2018 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Thursday night, September 27, 2018. How dare you insinuate I was ever a teenage boy!: Brett Kavanaugh displaying his vanity, sense of entitlement, and guilty conscience at today’s hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Photo by Win McNamee courtesy of USA Today. More from the Department of Ideas in Search of a Post: To put it another way, we’re all as good or bad, smart or stupid as the friends we hang out with. This is even more the case when we’re young. Brett Kavanaugh spent his high school and college days in the company of all too typical... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2018 at Lance Mannion
Posted Sunday night, September 30, 2018. New posts below, but before scrolling down, please read... If you like what goes on around here and you can swing it, this would be a good time to consider making a donation. As regular readers know, the last six months have been especially hard here in Mannionville and we've still got a long road ahead, and until Mrs M's disability is approved---a longer and more complicated process than I expected---we have very little money coming in. It's the usual end of the month cash crunch and we could use some help with gas... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2018 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Wednesday night, September 26, 2018. Is there any point to pointing out that Merrick Garland didn’t just not get a vote, didn’t just not get a hearing, Republican Senators wouldn’t even meet with him? Barack Obama, the first one and three-quarters term President of the United States in history with his effectively vaporized Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. Uncredited AP photo via Politico. March 17, 2016. More from the Department of Ideas in Search of a Post: While in prison both Winston and Julia are broken by torture and forced to inform on each other. Winston’s lead torturer...O’Brien tells... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2018 at Lance Mannion
Posted Tuesday, September 25, 2018. New posts below, but before scrolling down, please read... ...and you can swing it, this would be a good time to consider making a donation. Lots of bills due and, as regular readers know, the last six months have been especially hard here in Mannionville and we've still got a long road ahead. We could use any help you can give. So if you can, please click on the link or the button below Thanks to everyone who has helped us out in the past. Thank you all for reading the blog. Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2018 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Monday morning, September 25, 2018. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh at his hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, almost looking as though he has a conscience to oppress him. Undated and uncredited AP photo via the Boston Herald-American. More from the Department of Ideas in Search of a Post: Just because a friend never did a bad thing in front of you or to you doesn’t me he didn’t do it when he was with other friends, the stupid pals, buddies, amigos, jerks, dopes,assholes, and other bad influences he should have known to steer clear of but for some... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2018 at Lance Mannion
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Monday. 7:40 a.m. 51 degrees. Sun up just high enough to turn the sky blue to the horizon but the light is still soft and shadows long. Light wind from the north. 5 mph. Can see it in the tops of the neighbor’s maples. Out on the porch, of course, called out here by my friends the blue jays. Mrs M, bundled up in my barn coat, has joined me for coffee and coffee cake. I told her about how I think of the blue jays as my friends. That’s them whistling, I pointed out. Blue jays don’t just cluck... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2018 at Lance Mannion