October 15th, 2008

Catching Up On Television

Rome Girl and I decided to stay in, play with the cat and catch up on some TV shows tonight.

I'm sorta surprised at the episodes we saw.

New Episode Of Heroes: Bah, humbug. The only good thing I can say about it is that Sark is back and as always very, very amusing. Sylar is decent as well, but the rest of them are starting to suck ass. Hiro, for one, could solve everything simply by going back in time roughly three weeks. So, is he functionally retarded? Also we now have two immortal villains, one immortal maybe villain and one immortal hero. It's pretty hard to maintain suspense and any sense of danger when suddenly all the characters you care about can't die or even be seriously injured. I've also gotten to the point where I don't care about anything the Petrelli brothers do and if they are going to turn Mohinder into a spider, just go on and do it already.

New Episode Of Mad Men: Just when I was getting worried that the show was going to start becoming a formula piece, it gets interesting again. Don Draper with the crazy rich people is awesome and the whole developing fag hag relationship is interesting.

The Two Latest Episodes Of True Blood: Finally! I sorta suspected the show would eventually get better and finally it has. Rome Girl's reaction to Anna Paquin's sex scene was hysterical "No! She's the little girl from the Piano! Put your clothes back on Anna!" I'm way digging on the serial killer story and the show actually surprised me a couple of times. And I'm glad it's finally settled on being Twin Peaks instead of some weird Twin Peaks/Buffy hybrid.

So Simple. So Fun!


Someone started a blog called Send Me Naked Pictures.

It's exactly what it sounds like. What's interesting is that it's a mixture of women and men so you get a wide variety. Plus, some of the pictures are dirty, some are artistic and some are just funny.

There's a wide range here - and a little something for everyone.

Duma Key Review

So, I finished reading Stephen King's Duma Key about three weeks ago but have been holding off on writing about it because Rome Girl has been reading it. She's almost done, however, and is so close to the end that I can review it now without giving anything away.

The problem with Stephen King is that he's always been hit or miss. Some of his books are wonderful (The Stand, It, Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, the entire Dark Tower series, Insomnia) while some are dreadful, dreadful pieces of shit (Rose Madder, Cell, Gerald's Game.)

Recently his problem has been that he's obsessed with the car accident that almost killed him which has led to some of his most self absorbed work - including Lisey's Story - so when Duma Key starts off with a car accident your first impulse is to think "Christ, this is going to suck."

But, you'd be wrong. He uses the accident simply as a literary device to get the main character onto Duma Key - which is a weird little island in Florida that by all rights should be really popular with tourists, but simply isn't.

Once he gets to Duma Key and moves into a house called Big Pink, the novel hits it's stride and very, very artfully builds up to a complete home run. This is a book that is certainly as good as It and almost as good as The Stand.

It also has one of the best Stephen King characters in the form of a dude called Wireman, who is also at Duma Key in order to get away from something really, really bad in his past.

The story itself is simple. Once on the Key, the main character, Edgar, discovers an ability to draw and paint well.

At first it's just for fun, but eventually he realizes that he can not only paint the future, but he can use paintings to change the future.

This distracts him from the fact that there is something very wrong with the island that he's living on.

As the book goes on it becomes clear that King is writing a variation on the Persephone myth and when Persephone finally turns up she is one evil pissed off bitch. Yet, even though this is modern fiction there is nothing King has Persephone do that would contradict any of her original mythos.

By the end of the book fucked up shit starts to happen, but unlike a lot of King's books the fucked up shit doesn't come out of nowhere - it's all been built up and makes logical sense based on what's come before.

The end result is a novel that works on several levels. It will scare the shit out of you, while creating interesting characters who actually grow and develop as human beings as the novel goes on.

There are moments of great heart wrenching tragedy in here, but also soaring triumphs.

My only objection is that at points King mixes the Persephone myth with the Pandora myth. I'm not sure if he's doing this just to make sure you understand the classical nature of the tale he's trying to tell, or if he simply figures more people will get the Pandora references than the Persephone ones, or if he's trying to create a new mythos. I suppose there could be some Persephone/Pandora crossovers in the original myths that I'm simply forgetting.

Anyway, the bottom line is that with Duma Key, Stephen King is finally doing what he's good at again - creating an interesting set of characters in a cool gothic setting and then letting all hell break loose.

If you liked It, you'll love Duma Key.

Research Question


This week I'm ghostwriting a book on what identity theft is and how to protect yourself from becoming a victim.

I'm curious if anyone here has ever been a victim. I'd love the chance to put a "real story" into the guide - obviously I wouldn't use your name.

Anyway, I know it's a shot in the dark, but I figure it can't hurt to ask.



Quote Of The Day

From Gawker:

“If you just compare (Don Draper), to, say, Patrick Dempsey on Grey’s Anatomy, Dr. McDreamy comes off as a whiny little sensitive bitch,” said Lindsay Robertson, 31, a co-editor of Videogum.com, resident of Carroll Gardens and a self-described member of the “Draper Estrogen Brigade.”