Monday, May 29, 2023

Monday, Monday

 A quiet week with too many doctor appointments. Nothing serious but once you have cancer, even one not requiring anything too horrible, you are constantly being checked. And this week a colonscopy, which would be bad enough but I am sure I will flash back to the last one where Phil was diagnosed with colon cancer. 

Very nice weather although we went from forties to almost ninety in a week. Reading THE DICTIONARY OF LOST WORDS for my book group. So far, it is too twee for me but maybe that will disappear as our heroine ages. I got 2/3 through STAY TRUE but got bored with the examination of nineties music, which seems to be most of it. Read an article about Alice Sebold in the NEW YORKER, which was terrifying. She was the author of LOVELY BONES and LUCKY and her false (inadvertent) testimony put a man behind bars for 20 years. 

TV-So sad SUCCESSION ends tonight. MRS MAISEL ended well but after a lackluster final season. TED LASSO and BARRY are also ending. Still watching PORTRAIT PAINTER OF THE YEAR, which as someone with 0 artistic talent, I find fascinating. 

What about you? 



Steve Oerkfitz said...

Not watching a lot of tv-Barry, From, and Detroit Tigers.
Read a biography of James Ellroy. Megan shows up briefly.
Saw Guardians of the Galaxy 3. Entertaining but not as good as the first two. Looking forward to Oppenheimer and Killers of the Flower Moon. Movies geared towards adults.
Going to the Ark in Ann arbor Thursday to see Willie Nile.

Margot Kinberg said...

Wishing you well with your medical stuff, Patti. And I'm excited about Megan's new book. As for your own reading, I know what you mean by a book being a little too twee. Hopefull that will get better as the book goes on.

George said...

It is officially Summer in Western NY as our next-door neighbor opened up his in-ground pool and Diane and I put out the Deck furniture. Every day this week is projected to be in the 80s...with no rain in sight.

I've been busy reading Library books. Our Library web site allows suggestions for book purchases which I take advantage of weekly. So far, they buy 90% of the titles I suggest. But, then those books arrive in bunches!

No colonoscopies for Diane and Me for five years. The preparation is the worst part. Hopefully they medical researchers will come up with a blood test that will make the colonoscopy obsolete.

Megan's new novel got a good review in the latest BOOKPAGE. Stay safe!

Jerry House said...

No matter how necessary, doctor visits are the pits; the mind automatically goes to the worse what-ifs.

School ended Friday. Christina, Jessie, and the gang went camping over the weekend to celebrate. Trey (Erin's boyfriend) evidently gave them a five-minute discourse on the wonders of breakfast quesadillas. They haven't returned yet, but I'm assuming no one fell into the campfire (something that happened almost forty years ago when Kitty and I chaperoned a Girl Scout camping trip).

For the last two Monday nights, Christina, Mark, and I went potting. (No cannibis, but plenty of ceramic clay.) Christina made a gorgeous bowl, Mark a handsome mug, and I made a third-grade level tiny tray. We glazed everything last Monday and tomorrow we'll see how they came out.

No television, but Jack kept coming into my room to watch THOR: LOVE & THUNDER. Five minutes into the movie, he's fallen asleep each time.

A slower reading week this time out. I read the last in THE DEAD MAN series, a triple-sized book by Kate Danley, Phoef Sutton, and Lisa Klink, REBORN. I finally got around to Max Allan Collin's expanded edition of ROAD TO PERDITION; excellent, and more comprehensive than the original truncated version the publuishers came out with. Three graphic novels: Joe Hill's Plunge (an homnage to Lovecraft), Jeff Lemire's EVE, an apocalyptice tale of a girl and her lethal android teddy bear, and Jeff Lemire's MAZEBOOK, a look at love, lose, and redemption. Another Monk book by Lee Goldberg: MR. MONK ON THE COUCH; the series is like peanuts or potato chips -- you can't stop at just one. R. A. W. Walling's 1939 mystery, THE CORPSE WITH THE BLISTERED HAND, my FFB this week. And finally, two novels by Christopher Golden, TIN MEN, an apocalyptic thriller about robotic soldiers, and DEAD RINGERS, a supernatural tale of dopplegangers. Working my way through Salmam Rushdie's VICTORY CITY, a dense and evocative epic about a mystical India.

I hope you have a wonderful and meaningful Memorial Day, Patti. Stay safe.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I look at the Ark list now and then and seldom recognize a name. I'd go more but not driving makes getting to AA difficult.
I will be seeing the Emerson Strings at the Great Lakes Concerts this month and Michael Feinstein playing Gershwin at the DSO. Megan was somewhat friendly with Ellroy at one time, I think.
No rain here George.
I tried ceramics once or twice and embarrassed myself but Phil was good at it.
I thought the last Succession was everything I had hoped for.

Jeff Meyerson said...

Agree on Mrs. Maisel. Mediocre season, good ending. The head writer was played by the son of a former girlfriend of mine from nearly 60 years ago. Talk about feeling old... We also finished the most recent Dalgleish and Grace series. The Dalgleish was a later book (The Murder Room) which I had never read. On Grace, the only problems are the cartoonish boss out to get him and the whole story about his ex-(dead? not dead?) wife. We finished the last two episodes of series 1 of Happy Valley last night (Acorn), and it really was a brilliantly done show. Can't believe Sarah Lancashire didn't win the Bafta (she won for series two). Great writing and acting all around. We've watched 5 of the 8 episodes in Rough Diamonds so far. We watched the first episode of the (frankly ridiculous) CITADEL on Prime last night. The only thing that will make me watch the rest of it is the performance of Stanley Tucci, who is a hoot. Lesley Manville is pretty evil as the lead villain. One new French show we liked quite a bit: BALTHAZAR (first episode; three series to date). It's the usual - he's a brilliant pathologist who sees connections instantly, has to work with a newly transferred Inspector - but they work well together and she appreciates his talents. Also, she has a husband and two kids rather than being the usual loner misfit. He is "the most gifted forensic pathologist of his generation."

We were both disappointed with GREY HOUSE (which hasn't opened yet, and might well get good reviews), a "spooky old house" horror play on Broadway. Tatiana Maslany was out the day we saw it, but her presence wouldn't have made a difference. Laurie Metcalf is the strange woman who lives in this isolated house with a number of children, obviously not hers, when a couple crashes their car and needs a place to stay. Just not really for us. This week: KIMBERLY AKIMBO.

I read and enjoyed Anthony McCarten's propulsive thriller, GOING ZERO, and I am enjoying Lucinda Williams's memoir.

Jerry: congratulations on your post making it!

pattinase (abbott) said...

I don't know why they had to time-jump so much. I could see the last scene doing it but not other episodes. Each season was a little worse than the one before. The first was really brilliant though. Yes, I thought the first two seasons of Happy Valley were just terrific: both she and the actress who played her sister deserved awards.

Jeff Meyerson said...

Definitely. You could really believe they were sisters.

I did like the scene of Midge and Susie watching Jeopardy together 3,000 miles apart.

pattinase (abbott) said...

That was the highlight because I know people that do just that.

Todd Mason said...

Sorry about the fun round of tests and visits, George says, often the prep for colon review is less fun than even the nature of the test, and best of luck with that. The "Cologuard" style tests are apparently proving out pretty well (we can hope) and perhaps colonoscopy, at least the preventive sort, might soon be a thing of the past. Sebold's life, aside from the success of THE LOVELY BONES financially (sadly, in my estimation it's not a very good novel) seems to have been a series of big grim events, seen from the distance.

SOMEBODY, SOMEWHERE also wrapped its season on HBO (with the new owners, who knows if it returns), and WHITE HOUSE PLUMBERS does so tonight. As per a belated consult with VARIETY has noted, at least half of the more interesting broadcast series have been cancelled after their first or early seasons, or ended after decent runs, with the frosh class losing THE COMPANY YOU KEEP, TRUE LIES, EAST NEW YORK, and ALASKA DAILY after its second; medical dramas going away include NEW AMSTERDAM and THE GOOD DOCTOR...since A SPY AMONG FRIENDS was intended as a limited series and MS FISHER'S the '60s sequel series is still on a bubble for a third short season, at best, our little freshet of new spy series seem to have been all burned. US network broadcast tv is even more likely to look like a pile of game shows and the like than previously, and cable not too much better, with the streamers cutting back as well. At least the rather good WILL TRENT, ANIMAL CONTROL, THE CLEANING LADY (notably all on Disney networks, ABC and Fox Broadcasting--though so were COMPANY and ALASKA DAILY) and some others are set to continue, and I hope that ELSPETH, a spinoff from THE GOOD WIFE, is given a chance. Have now caught the first episode of Seasons 1 and 3 of HAPPY VALLEY, and they are quite good...Season 3/ep 2 coming tonight on cable, at least, conveniently just after the finale of WHITE HOUSE PLUMBERS...thanks for the heads-up there, Jeff and Patti.

Finally saw PETULIA, the film, after a lot of years of meaning to, featuring Julie Christie and George C. Scott...rather an emotionally cool film, intentionally distancing, but it struck me as doing something not too dissimilar from THE GRADUATE only rather better, if also even more grimly.

I can only envy you your energy, as usual, Jerry!

pattinase (abbott) said...

I like SOMEBODY SOMEWHERE but I can't imagine the audience being big enough to get a third season. Love the characters on WILL TRENT but the cases are a lesser thing. I need to rewatch PETULIA, it's been since I saw it at a theater.

TracyK said...

We went to the I Madonnari Street Painting Festival at the Mission in Santa Barbara this morning. It is an annual three day event, always on Memorial Day weekend, and we have been going for years. This year we only went on the last day, but it ended up to be a good time to go. And it was coolish and overcast so the sun did not bother me.

Sorry you had so many doctor's appointments, I am getting where I don't like any medical appointments. I will have a colonoscopy in another 5 years, Glen just had his and no problems so now he is done for 10 years.

This week I finished reading MURDER IS EASY by Agatha Christie, one of her standalone books, and enjoyed it. Not one of her best, but I can always find something to like in Christie's mysteries. Then I read KILLERS OF A CERTAIN AGE by Deanna Raybourn and liked it a lot. And now I am reading CLARK AND DIVISION by Naomi Hirahara. Very very good, so far.

We have been watching: SLOW HORSES, we finished Season 1 and begin Season 2 tonight; DEATH IN PARADISE; the original CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION, which we now have to find on disc because we cannot find them streaming anywhere; the original Perry Mason series. This week we finally watched GLASS ONION, and we thought it was good and a lot of fun. Martin Edwards reviewed it recently on his blog, and did not like it so much.

I am glad to hear that WILL TRENT will get a second season, and sorry to hear that EAST NEW YORK will not, even though we haven't watched all of the Season 1 episodes. I really liked a lot of the actors in that one.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I thought CLARK AND DIVISION excellent and Naomi via zoom talked to my book group about it. A very special evening. said...

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