Sunday, June 13, 2021

Killer robots and the best sentence of my week

A cool thing on Twitter is something called #SundaySentence, wherein readers share the best sentence they read all week and tag it for others to enjoy.

I had one that was kinda awesome this week for being funny, rather than the usual sentence that's plucked from the pages and shared due to beautiful construction, lovely imagery, or profound sentiment. My tendency toward anxiety led me not to tag it for #SundaySentence lest someone say it didn't fit the theme of great sentences or was offensive. I didn't want to harsh my mellow this lovely Sunday with any negativity about a funny line. 

I posted the sentence on Twitter, sans hashtag, which of course means none of the other word lovers saw it. I definitely, probably, should've tagged it. Maybe? Seriously, I would've laughed out loud if someone else had. Luckily, I have a blog and can post whatever I want here without fear of anyone but me reading it (hardy har har).

It was from Shit, Actually: The Definitive, 100% Objective Guide to Modern Cinema by Lindy West. The book of irreverent yet often on-the-nose movie reviews peeled back the layers of Terminator 2: Judgement Day with a fair and fabulous comment about time-travelling robots and essential details the script should include.

Here, solely for my own enjoyment, is the greatest sentence I read this week:

"Call me old-fashioned, but I think it’s weird not to explain why your robot is Austrian and has a dick."

She's not wrong, y'all. Have a great week, and may you encounter many wonderful sentences on your reading journey!

Friday, June 11, 2021

The Sound Inside by Adam Rapp

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A good audio play is a thing of beauty, and The Sound Inside is simply wonderful, serving up a little Broadway for your ears. That's exactly how I like it — enjoying a high-quality show while keeping my butt at home in frugal comfort.

This recording features the original cast (Mary-Louise Parker and William Hochman), and they deliver a seasoned performance that would've been worth paying for. But free is better, and that's how much this cost with my Audible membership. 

Friday, June 4, 2021

Open Book by Jessica Simpson

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The great celebrity dish and candid stories I'd hoped for were not in this book. The dish is drab, the story lifeless and sanitized. It feels very carefully crafted to conceal a lot for a memoir called "Open Book." It's simply not that good.

As someone who isn't a fan of Simpson's, I picked this up on recommendations of many online that this book had great gossip and uncommon candor for a celebrity memoir. This was a load of hooey.

The most dirt you get will be on John Mayer, but it basically confirmed that he's as big a jerk as he seems, and in the end it's not that interesting. It could've been if she'd reflected on what motivated her to keep going back to him, to put her career on hold to follow him around on tour, etc., but her waters don't run deep, y'all. 

Saturday, May 29, 2021

What to Watch June 2021

June and its new shows will soon be here! My watch list is a little light this month, but some real gems are among the offerings, like Loki, Workin' Moms Season 5, and Raya and the Last Dragon (which will be coming down off premium pricing and be available to anyone with Disney Plus).

As always, I've compiled a list of shows I'd like to see that will be available soon, and I'm sharing it here along with links to everything coming to streaming services so you can go through and pick your own must-watch viewing. And away we go! 

Friday, May 21, 2021

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I picked up this book without having paid much attention to the description. I'd heard it was good from several sources, and I liked the title. It's lovely to give in to the allure of a book on first sight.

And it paid off. I don't know what I expected from this book, but it wasn't what I got. It starts off about cops on a beat in New York? That is so not a book I'd normally pick up. Then it's about families in the suburbs? Eh, yeah, I can go with that. But what else was it going for? I had no idea.

Friday, May 14, 2021

Writers & Lovers by Lily King

Lovers & Writers by Lily King

I loved Writers & Lovers! It expresses the struggles and joys of a writer, as well as the turmoil and wonder in relationships – both with lovers and mothers. It also has moments that reveal the crap women deal with, the things men get away with or refuse to hold each other accountable for. I ended loving both the main character as well as Lily King by the time I finished.

Casey is a young writer struggling to complete her novel. Anyone who's set pen to paper will relate to reaching a point in the process where you can't judge your own work, you're too close, you've read over it too many times and you can't stand it anymore. Do you submit it or light it on fire? The eternal question, the lingering fear.