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  1. Avatar Tod Kelly says:

    Re-watching the Sopranos right now. I confess, I’d forgotten just how good the show is — and how groundbreaking. In fact, the biggest negative I get in watching it in 2014 is that it seems a little cliche now — because you can see how everything since has patterned itself after it to one degree or another.

    AS far as books, I should probably write a separate post. For those of us that are fans of writers that get billed as “literary fiction authors,” these past few weeks have been a bonanza. I have a very large stack of just-released books from favorite authors that I am excited about digging into.Report

  2. Avatar Saul Degraw says:

    I am reading Stefan Zweig’s The World of Yesterday. Zweig was a Jewish-Austrian novelist who committed suicide in 1942 to escape the Nazis. This is his memoir/history of Pre-WWI Vienna and Europe and his experience in it. It is critical but also elegiac (anything is preferable to the Nazis and WWII). There are also some great examples of the more things change, the more they stay the same. This is Zweig’s description of university life in late 1800s Vienna:

    “Every ‘fox’, the term for a novice, was assigned to an older fraternity member whom he had to serve with slavish obedience, and who in turn instructed him in the noble arts required by the student code of conduct, which amounted to drinking until you threw up. The acid test was to empty a heavy tankard of beer in a single draught, proving in this glorious manner that you were no weakling….”Report

  3. Avatar Fish says:

    Reading Virtual History by Niall Furguson (and others) which I’m finding…surprisingly dry. I typically love books like this but this one really hasn’t hooked me. Well, the chapter on Irish Home Rule was good, but otherwise I’ve found it rather dull. Which is why I’m reading it alongside Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold by C.S. Lewis. I didn’t know the myth of Cupid and Psyche, so I read up on it before diving in and that somewhat spoiled some of the story for me, but I’ve found it to be somewhat of a page-turner.

    I’m also finding that my weekends are chock-full of more fun stuff now that I’ve decided to quit American Football cold turkey.Report

    • Avatar Fish in reply to Fish says:

      And sometimes I somewhat would like some sort of access to some kind of sort of edit button or something so when I discover that I’ve sort of somewhat overused a word or phrase I can go back and somewhat edit it so I don’t come across as so much of an idiot. Somewhat.Report

  4. Avatar Pinky says:

    I just saw that The Shield is on Hulu – it looks like they’re cycling through the seasons for free. I watched Season 5 over the past week. I’ve got to be the only person who thinks that that show is hilarious. It’s like Sgt. Bilko or Hogan’s Heroes with Mexican drug gangs. “Commandant, there’s five pounds of heroin missing from the evidence locker.” “Hogan!”Report

    • Avatar Will Truman in reply to Pinky says:

      That’s… not a take on The Shield I’ve heard before!Report

      • Avatar Pinky in reply to Will Truman says:

        Also, the central plot is the same as the movie Major League: Assistant Chief Gilroy set up a precinct of wacky ne’er-do-wells to drive down the property values so he could move the team to Florida. The show was a weird addiction for me. I thought the scene where spoiler spoiled with a grenade was comedy gold. Remember, everyone, if you want to get away with murder, use something quiet like a grenade, then stay around for a while shouting at the top of your lungs.Report

  5. Avatar KatherineMW says:

    I’ve started watching Doctor Who and am enjoying it. The silly concepts and terrible special effects add to it, in a way – it’s fun to watch a show that doesn’t always need to take itself seriously.Report