Thursday, January 29, 2015


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Deflategate.  If you were a time traveler or an alien from another planet, you might believe that this is the most pressing issue in our society.  In fact, Kim Kardashian, who is no stranger to relentless publicity, has taken a backseat to the NFL's non-story about the New England Patriot's alleged deflating of footballs during the AFC Championship game.  Much as I loathe the Kardashian clan (and yes, I was tempted to spell that with a K, but then it would have taken on an even creepier connotation), I would have found her non-comments about Bruce Jenner's weird transformation more newsworthy than the NFL's attempt to fill the two week gap before the Super Bowl with this dreck.  Benedict Cumberbatch, er, Sherlock Holmes would have solved this mystery in about five minutes and we could all get on to something more meaningful.  And so it goes . . .

Speaking of Sherlock (and much like you, I cannot wait for the Christmas special), Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's official legacy continues in Anthony Horowitz's Moriarty (9780062377180) 26.99.  Professor Moriarty is one of my all-time favourite villians, especially as played by Andrew Scott on the TV series (and a maybe a distant second Daniel Davis who played him on Star Trek: Next Generation).  Also, Mr. Cumberbatch has been nominated for Best Actor for his role as Alan Turing in the movie, The Imitation Game.  The movie was inspired by the book, Alan Turing: The Enigma (9780691164724) 16.95 by Andrew Hodges.  Coincidentally, his good friend Eddie Redmayne also plays a famous scientist, Stephen Hawking, in his Academy Award nominated role for Best Actor in The Theory of Everything.  There is no movie tie-in per se, but Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time (9780553380163) 15.00 is a pretty good place to start.


As you can tell, I'm a bit of a movie buff, but I have never taken it to the extreme that Patton Oswalt did in his new book, Silver Screen Fiend (9781451673210) 25.00.  Mr. Patton chronicles the four years in which he wrote for MADtv in the morning, watched over 250 classic films at the Beverly, and then performed standup comedy late at night.  He's not quite sure exactly how he survived this addiction, but comedy is a better place for it. 

Finally, I don't believe Kim Kardashian's most well-known film would have been included in the New Beverly Cinema run, but if you're looking for something in a similar vein, I would recommend E.L. James' Fifty Shades of Grey (9780804172073) 15.95.  It opens, appropriately, on Valentine's Day.

And yes, it is a pteradactyl.

Odds & Sods

I cannot believe that the Presidential election season has already begun.  Sure the election is still more than 500 days away, but the Republican candidates who have little to no chance of winning their party's nomination have already congregated in Iowa for the Iowa Freedom Summit.  One of those hopefuls, Mike 'Huckleberry Hound' Huckabee threw his hat into the ring with the release of his new book, God, Guns, Grits and Gravy (9781250060990) 26.99 (which is not to be confused with Ted Nugent's God, Guns, & Rock 'n' Roll (9780895261731) 16.95).  Although I will award Mr. Huckabee five bonus points for maintaining alliteration throughout the whole title.  Well done sir!     


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