Friday, May 11, 2007

Pop Culture Roundup

I've been leisurely reading Anne Lamott's new book, Grace (Eventually), and even at a slower pace, I'm halfway through since each chapter is pretty short. The chapters that I've liked the most so far feature a party for an older man with terminal cancer who, at the end of the evening, takes a lot of barbituates and says goodbye, and a series of chapters featuring Anne's exploration of her own insecurities while trying to forgive others. Her rants against Bush have been toned down in this offering, and you get the requisite chapter on her self-image issues (not that the latter is to be dismissed or whatever...I'm just saying that all her books have a chapter like this). I can't say that this book has grabbed me the way the others did.

The Sopranos this week featured A.J. a lot. He turns from mopey and depressed back to partying with frat guys. But as it turns out, these frat guys run a gambling ring. The show has hinted at him following in his dad's footsteps before, so one has to wonder if this is the big turn. Chris and Paulie get back into it, and Chris falls off the wagon again with his drinking, leading to the untimely death of the writer who helped him through AA. It wasn't totally surprising...Chris tended to beat on him a lot. But in this scene, Chris was about to spill all sorts of stuff about Adrianna and Ralphie, so the guy probably would have ended up dead anyway. I commented to Mrs. POC afterwards that someone has died in every new episode so far.

Entourage has gone in a direction I didn't least not this quickly. Amanda is apparently gone after Vince accuses her of stalling on getting a movie that he really wanted. This comes after Vince comments to his friends that "Ari wouldn't have done this." All this takes place on Yom Kippur, which produces some funny/painful moments between Ari and his family when he tries to do business in the middle of services.

This week I dug up a mixed CD that includes Kansas' Dust in the Wind.

Around the web, Brant writes about his experience with a mime. It's not what he writes but how he writes that gets me.