Teaser Tuesday 12/30/2014: “Fer-de-Lance”

So this week I’m reading–or rather, re-reading–a book, Fer-de-Lance by Rex Stout, that’s printed on actual paper. Aged, yellowing paper, even!  This is the 50th anniversary edition, published in 1984, which means that if it were published now it would be the 80th anniversary edition.  Does anybody else feel old?

"If I kill all the golfers, they're gonna lock me up and throw away the key."

“If I kill all the golfers, they’re gonna lock me up and throw away the key.”

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Not A Review Of “Gran Torino”

So this week we watched “Gran Torino“, one of Clint Eastwood’s late-career movies that doesn’t go the way you think it’s going to go. In this film, Clint Eastwood plays Walt Kowalski, a recently-widowed Korean war veteran living in a neighborhood that has become rather dilapidated, and also largely ethnic Hmong, including a thuggish street gang whose members like to cram, clown-car style, into a rather junky little beater with an ugly spoiler and a hood that’s not the same color as the body. Walt’s prized Gran Torino catches the gang’s eye as a much more suitable ride. Hilarity does not ensue.

"Ask yourself this question: Do I feel like getting off Walt's lawn?  Well do you?  Punk?"

“You’ve gotta ask yourself one question: Do I feel like getting off Walt’s lawn? Well do ya, punk?”

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Teaser Tuesday 12/16/2014: “Gone Girl

So this week, having finished A Tale of Two Cities:

ATaleOfTwoCities

It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.*

I have now moved on to Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn, thereby reducing the “twenty-one people who haven’t read it” to twenty.

GoneGirl

Exit, stage right.

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Not A Review Of “Happy Valley”

As some readers may recall, about a year ago we discovered “Breaking Bad” on Netflix, in which seemingly mild-mannered chemistry teacher Walter White transforms himself into feared crystal meth lord “Heisenberg”, and my wife promptly became addicted to it. (The show, not crystal meth.) After we ran out of “Breaking Bad” episodes, my wife charged me with finding another show that was just (or at least, almost) as good. That search did not go well … until “Happy Valley” came along:

Happy Valley

Why does that old Winnebago have bullet holes in the door?

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