Q#147: Question for the Dune fans out there–is it worth it to read the other books?…

I caught the new Dune teaser a few hours ago, which made my jaw drop a bit in surprise. Of course, being a teaser, it was damned confusing, too (and part of me wonders how much they paid Pink Floyd for that interesting slow cover of "Eclipse"). That trailer prompted me to take out the … Continue reading Q#147: Question for the Dune fans out there–is it worth it to read the other books?…

My Christmas today could’ve been a cut-scene from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

That's probably my fave part of the film. Still don't think I've seen the whole thing. Anyhoo-- My plans were a bit boring. I didn't get to bed til about 1:30, and with only the furry kids in the house today, I took my time waking up. I gave 'em hugs for puppy kisses, fed … Continue reading My Christmas today could’ve been a cut-scene from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Life With Father, by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse

image from collectors.com This is a play I stumbled on when preparing for a David Mamet Masterclass. I had life do that intervening thing, so I haven't taken the class yet, but I saw the play on the shelf and thumbed through it, then just went ahead and read it. As far as interesting characters … Continue reading Life With Father, by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse

The Godfather, by Mario Puzo

My Copy: 9780451167712 With the fantastic Academy Award-winning movie a pop-culture staple (that I'd seen at least a dozen times), I have to say I'm not terribly surprised that the book was just as good--if not better. I was afraid that reading this would lead me to skipping big chunks of it as scenes from the … Continue reading The Godfather, by Mario Puzo

Saboteurs: The Nazi Raid on America, by Michael Dobbs

In the past few years, several books have been written about an event I'd only heard of in the fantastic BBC documentary series Secrets of World War II. Suddenly, there are plenty of books detailing "Operation Pastorius," a unique one in that German agents were sent to the United States in 1942 to perform sabotage operations and spy on the American war effort.

#009–What the hell happened to my Shark Week on Discovery Channel?

Jaws has been my favorite film since I was 4 or 5, and it jump-started my fascination with the oceans and ocean life. So when we got Discovery Channel, and learned about Shark Week, I was practically giddy. Sundays before the start also showed a few episodes from previous years and really got me hyped. It became my Super Bowl, my ultimate geek out to enjoy at home with my shark mug and plushy sharks around me while I put on the t.v. and enjoyed the air conditioning and sharks.