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Why did you post this on my third day of South Beach??? I am salivating.
I'm so excited! I especially look forward to the recap on the Entertainment Weekly website which usually shows up late Monday morning. The woman who writes it often catches things I would never have seen.
Toggle Commented Jul 25, 2010 on tvPalaver: Mad Men Return at mb palaver
Thank goodness some woman named Patrice thought you two would make such a great couple! Happy Anniversary!
Loved, loved, loved this book. I would suggest that readers should also buy The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty, also by Sebastian, to get even more of the story, either before or after reading The Secret Scripture.
Toggle Commented Dec 22, 2008 on BookPalaver: The Secret Scripture at mb palaver
I think Peggy is supposed to be a female version of Don. She's putting the past she doesn't like behind her, treating her family like a backdrop to her "show", and quietly, almost effortlessly, rising to the top. Rumor has it that when the show returns, like last year, two years will have passed. It will be 1964, effectively skipping over JFK's assassination. This has gotten a lot of negative reaction, but I think it's smart of Matt Weiner. What more can be said? Also, at this pace, the show can have more fun with the changes in social mores, let alone fashion. You should check out Entertainment Weekly's online breakdown of the show each week. It sometimes points out parts that you didn't notice and always has pages and pages of comments from the fans.
Toggle Commented Dec 17, 2008 on tvPalaver: Mad About Mad Men at mb palaver
Pudding Man, You really should use the name "Zaydie's Basement" for your shop idea, which I'm still eagerly awaiting (preferably in NYC!). I will not say what type of shop as I don't want others to take the delicious idea away from you.
I'd love to get a print of that painting. Do you know the name of it?
Northern Outlaw and I went to Danal for dinner for the first time ever a few weeks ago, and we both really enjoyed our meal, so it's not just a brunch place. You almost feel as if you're in a charming cafe in France. Unlike mbpalaver, I prefer this new location because although the kitchen was out in the open in the old place which was charming in its own way, it also meant that you had the heat from the kitchen as well. I do miss stopping by the Jillery on East 10th Street after a satisfying Danal meal to buy a trinket or two.
Toggle Commented Apr 24, 2008 on RestaurantPalaver: The New Danal at mb palaver
I haven't been here in a few years--we should go the next time you're up. If any of your readers go, they should make sure to order the potato salad. No one knows potatoes like the Irish.
Toggle Commented Mar 18, 2008 on BarPalaver: Molly's Shebeen at mb palaver
Most definitely, but when they get to "hell", the people giggle because, of course, they could not utter such a coarse word. Ian McKellen plays a wonderful Chauvelin.
Toggle Commented Mar 9, 2008 on MoviePalaver: Oscar Shorts, Take 2 at mb palaver
Sorry, Richard E. "Cold Fish" Grant--eugh! He was a horrible Scarlet Pimpernel. No, Lynn's and my all-time favorite Pimpernel was played by Anthony Andrews in the 1982 version. Lynn has been known to utter on random occasions, "The north country in the middle of the night? How bizarre!" Jane Seymour would be proud.
Toggle Commented Feb 21, 2008 on MoviePalaver: Oscar Shorts, Take 2 at mb palaver
I keep kicking myself that I didn't know this show existed, but then I also get angry at its network for not promoting it more. But that's the way with so many shows I've loved over the years! If everyone who had gone to high school in the 80s saw just one episode of this, they would've been hooked.
Toggle Commented Jan 29, 2008 on tvPalaver: Freaks and Geeks at mb palaver
It's been about ten years since I read Persuasion, but I remember thinking that the Root/Hinds version was very true to it. That being said, in some editions of the book, Jane gives an alternate ending as well, which--though you still get the ultimate ending you want--is very anti-climatic.
I saw Me Without You and really liked it, even though at the time, I wasn't a big Michelle Williams fan. I realized I needed to give her another chance since the only reason I didn't like her was based on her character on Dawsons Creek (anyone remember How sad is that?
Toggle Commented Oct 26, 2007 on tvPalaver: Pushing Daisies at mb palaver
Can we go there this weekend? I'm hoping that he's got some more of those Cyrus v-neck sweaters in that I can't seem to find anywhere else!
I wish I could only think of Larry Linville in M*A*S*H, but I can't quite get the two episodes of The Love Boat out of my head in which he played an uptight widower with children who falls in love with the irrepressible Charo (!).
Toggle Commented Sep 18, 2007 on tvPalaver: Happy Anniversary, Frank at mb palaver
Okay, I'm going to be the one to ask it: couldn't you find a picture of Dylan so that we don't have to look at Adam Sandler (especially this early in the morning)?
Toggle Commented Jul 19, 2007 on MusicPalaver: Dylan's Modern Times at mb palaver
But what happened next? Did Jim get out? Who framed him, if that's what happened?
If anyone has time, check out that guy's website: It's fun and fascinating. I love to travel, but Matt would put any travel lover to shame.
I've never been a big fan of nature shows, but this is so beautifully done you can barely tear your eyes from the screen. We had two very active nephews, aged 8 and 11, visiting, and the Shallow Seas episode had them mesmerized.
Toggle Commented Apr 18, 2007 on tvPalaver: Planet Earth at mb palaver
Michael Jackson? And who was under the big hat in front of him? Twiggy?
I'm a Literature Nerd. It described me a bit too well. I love quizzes like this.
Oops. Forgot that you couldn't access the above if you don't have TimesSelect. Kathryn Harrison's review is begrudgingly positive. Here are some excerpts: "John Banville has chosen Benjamin Black as the pen name for a project that may be his own guilty pleasure — a classic, hard-boiled crime novel. More than a seamless performance in fulfilling the demands of its genre, 'Christine Falls' is executed with what feels like authorial delight. Mainstream literary novels succeed or fail on the strength of characterization, but noir fiction is less concerned with building complex and believable characters than with creating a medium in which murder and mayhem can thrive. Place is essential to noir, character less so. While the voluptuous atmospheric flourishes of 'Christine Falls' suggest how much fun Banville is having as Black, they also provide the book’s center of gravity, the force that holds all the other elements together. Sometimes they make an entirely adequate cast seem little more than perfunctory. The novel is set in a dank and fog-draped 1950s Dublin that oozes existential dread from its very mortar; even the walls are 'thick with many coats of a bilious yellow stuff, glossy and glutinous, less like paint than crusted gruel.' Inanimate objects suggest the life, albeit repellent, that people lack: the sheet used to cover a corpse has 'a human feel, like a loose, chill cowl of bloodless skin'; the 'curved arms' of a chair seem 'to tighten their grip on' its occupant. A 'smoke-dimmed' pub invites a clientele composed not so much of human beings as of props conveying decadence and ruin: 'a large, florid woman in purple,' swilling stout, her smile 'gapped and tobacco-stained'; her companion, 'lean as a greyhound, with colorless, flat, and somehow crusted hair.' The archetypal noir hero, Quirke is a loner, a man with acquaintances rather than friends. When he needs information, he trolls a familiarly depressive dive called McGonagle’s, where he drinks a great deal but is only rarely too drunk to penetrate criminal intentions or defend himself when attacked. Sleuthing shows him a world in which everyone has his price, with greed and corruption so pervasive that the most admirable men are merely those who have farthest to fall. Because Quirke and his supporting cast are types rather than fully realized characters, they’re immune to the kind of analysis, or significance, imposed on a Moses Herzog or a Rabbit Angstrom or, for that matter, a Freddie Montgomery, the protagonist of John Banville’s novel 'The Book of Evidence.' But it’s hard to dismiss what emerges as a particularly insidious strain of misogyny in 'Christine Falls' — insidious because it masquerades as Quirke’s concern for the fate of unwed mothers and their babies. The injustice done Christine Falls is revealed; the movement of the novel is from darkness into light; men in positions of authority are shown to lack the very morals they profess to uphold. But these corrections don’t compensate for the fact that this is a story in which women die, seemingly a punishment not only for their sexuality but also for their gender. Arguably, they die of being female. Even Mal, a celebrated obstetrician entrusted with countless female lives, has a smile, 'more of an undertaker than that of a man whose profession it was to guide new life into the world.' This doesn’t make 'Christine Falls' a less interesting book. Quite the opposite: it adds a sinister fascination to the adventures of Dr. Quirke that will be offset or magnified in the future. Black has a sequel in the works — more than one."
Here's the NYT review of the book:
Bloody Sunday was one of the most perfect films I've ever seen. That last scene is not only chilling on its own, but also as a metaphor for what has happened to the Middle East in recent years. Another interesting film, though I didn't like it as well the second time I watched it is The Last September, which shows the impact of the Irish civil war on the Anglo-Irish who were caught between their love for and allegiance to their native country and how others, whether British or Irish Catholic, perceived them.
Toggle Commented Mar 16, 2007 on MoviePalaver: Irish History in Film at mb palaver