This is how loopy I am today: I sat down at the computer to thrum out this entry and typed “frid” into the URL bar. Thankfully I realised it before I got ays with magpies out.
I think you can expect that this will be a lot of goofgab today.
You know, I have to admit something in total candor. As awful as it is that Quinn is blind, his cataracts are actually very pretty. As cracked a notion as it is, it’s sort of like the Blue Moon from last Friday took up a silvery wet residence in each of his eyes.
I know I’m over here in my own little world and that my disengagement from society is somewhat irresponsible. But there are ways in which it pays off. For instance: I had never watched The Newsroom when it was first on because I forgot to set up the TiVo to record it and then I told myself I’d watch it on OnDemand. One thing led to another and so I am just now starting to burn through all the episodes that Comcast has kindly been keeping warm for me on their server farm. It’s a fall show, really. One more suited in my mind to that whole back-to-school vibe than to the Let’s Go Surfin Now summer. There are many ways that it actually reminds me of one of my professors who had very concrete opinions and would spend class time telling you about them. Even though you’d already been told last week.
I like the show, I really do. I don’t really see how I could not. I’ve burned through four of the ten episodes and find myself frequently playing little games like Which West Wing Characters Would Say That? and See Maggie: The offspring of Sports Night’s Natalie and West Wing’s Donna. The characters and dialog are just so very similar. Honestly, though, even though I’m pointing it out I don’t care. I like Sorkin’s style. It’s just a shame he can’t get away with it as effortlessly as sitcom writers do. I’ve seen what feels like thousands of people complaining about how samey his stuff is. I don’t see the same numbers of people griping about how much of Modern Family is ganked from other shows. Or how much 30 Rock owes to Arrested Development in terms of stolen punchlines. Everything on tv is derivative. If Sorkin wants to derivate from other Sorkin shows…fine with me.
There are other things about the show that do bug me. I’ll probably talk about it next week sometime when I’ve finished all of them.
Oooh! I forgot. I wanted to ask for some advice. So please forgive me for ending the post with what is essentially a question but understand that it’s not so much a comment-troll as it is a true plea for guidance.
The thing is this: The new JK Rowling book is due out in a matter of weeks. The story has been kept under wraps and it’s all very hush-hush. Back when she first began working on it she told the media it was a “Political fairy story”. Subsequent details have dribbled out in the last six months or so and we now know that it’s the story of a twee British village’s election process to fill an alderman seat left vacant by an untimely death.
Now you know I love JK Rowling. I trust her to tell me a great story with all of that wry insight she has. But I am so burned out on politics right now. So very tired of it all…and we’ve got a good seven weeks or so left of all the tohubohu. Should I go ahead and read the thing when it comes out, just as I have her other books, or wait until the scorching conflict of the next months are over? I am seriously torn. Please, oh friends via the Internet, guide me.
Uh-ho. I am way over my allowance today. Thank you for allowing me to overstay my welcome. Time to spend 10 minutes getting Quinn guided back up the stairs.