Friday, July 20, 2012
Five on Friday
Summertime, and the Livin' is Easy. I hope you're enjoying some lemonade and restful days as the heat wave continues. Sending you a few of my favorites to help you get comfy. The Book: This month my in-person book group selected Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes. The book is short by any standards, only about 150 pages, which is a good thing because after I read it the first time I had one of those paradigm shifting experiences (think "Sixth Sense") that made me want to immediately reread it. Which I did, with a highlighter. I haven't used one of those in years, but the book was so full of information that did, in fact, give you a sense of the ending - without ever giving up the actual ending - that I felt compelled to track the clues. Have you read it? Whats your interpretation? Let's talk. The Movie: Beasts of the Southern Wild. if you haven't seen it, let me just say that this is a pretty incredible movie about a little girl and her father who live in a southern Delta community. Her mother left when she was little and her father is raising her to be strong, as he knows he won't be around for long. The acting and cinematography in this movie is outstanding, and the man who plays the father was an unknown working in a bakery when found for the movie. The movie doesn't preach or set out to teach lessons and it doesn't try to be all things to all people, which might just be what sets it apart from every other movie out there. The TV Show: in the "new show" category, I'm loving Newsroom. In the "shows I never thought I'd like" group, it's The Walking Dead. Zombies and me. That's an unlikely combination, but it's actually more about the living people than the dead ones. The weather: two days ago it was 100+ degrees in New York. Today it's 65 degrees. Can we get our act together here? At least we've gotten some rain, which is more than most parts of the country can say. Bring on the sprinkles! The video: if you like to cook and you like kids, you're going to LOVE this video. The little guy is a former student who is a future food star. http://www.hooplaha.com/cook-with-peter-watermelon-granita/ Enjoy!