Any other House and Bones fans out there? Weren’t last night’s episodes terrific? (Spoiler: If you are watching on DVD, and are a season behind, you’ll want to scroll down past the next two paragraphs.)
I loved how House had them all thinking he had neuro-syph and that the antibiotics were making him “nicer.” Also, I felt for the wife of the patient – the look on her face after he said, “I guess I don’t like catsup. I wonder what else I don’t like.” – that was heartbreaking.
And how precious were Bones and Booth with baby Andy? Bones trying to relate to him like a logical adult: “Elephants are not purple.” And then when she started to warm up: “Phalanges! Dancing phalanges!” Leading to her blowing a raspberry into his neck – after making sure no one was watching, of course. It was a great episode. I can’t believe we only have four more to go until we’re done for the summer. The writer’s strike sure took a bite out of the TV season!
We are not partaking of American Idol this season. I don’t miss it at all – which is strange, since I used to love watching it. I thought that last season’s singers were just “meh,” though. Then last May, the choice came down to the AI finale or the Lost finale. I chose Lost, and decided we were done with AI. Natalie was bummed at first, but she hasn’t said a word about it for months, so I guess she’s over it. She’s in a huge mystery phase, and is re-watching the DVDs of Monk in order. Gotta love Netflix.
Speaking of Netflix, Kevin and I discovered a great show. Anyone out there watch Psych? It’s a USA series; I think it runs right after Monk. It’s very funny – and I have loved Dule Hill ever since he played Charlie on West Wing.
I haven’t just been sitting around watching television, though, I’ve also been sitting around reading. Friday afternoon, after I finished Anna Karenina, I read The Radiation Sonnets: For My Love, in Sickness and in Health, which is a collection of 43 sonnets Jane Yolen wrote while her husband was undergoing radiation for a brain tumor. Every night during treatment, she wrote one sonnet before bed. They are heartbreaking, funny, poignant, and wonderful. When she finished the book, her husband David Stemple was still alive and had a good prognosis. I looked her up on Wikipedia and found that he later died – in 2006, I think. The book of sonnets was published in 2003. Highly recommended.
I also read Debra Ginsberg’s memoir About My Sisters this weekend. I have three sisters, like Ms. Ginsberg, and so much of it rang true, even though their family’s “style” is completely different from ours. Also recommended.
I am currently halfway through Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. You never know what you’re getting with a Gaiman book! The kids and I adored Coraline, even though it was by far the creepiest book we’d ever read aloud. I tried to read American Gods, and couldn’t get past the first couple of chapters – too bizarrely sexual. (Is bizarrely a word?) Michelle read Anansi Boys and said it wasn’t like that at all, which prompted me to listen to his Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders on audiobook. I don’t even know quite how to describe it. Some stories I liked very much, and you should definitely hear him read his poem “The Day the Saucers Came”. (The link is to a video of Neil Gaiman visiting Google to talk about Fragile Things. He reads the poem at the beginning of the video.) Some of the stories in Fragile Things were disturbing, others funny and fascinating, and a couple were downright horrific. He is the only author who should definitely perform the audiobooks of his own work – he is one of the best audiobook readers I’ve listened to, and I’ve listened to a bunch.
Anyway, back to Neverwhere, which I’m about halfway through, and absolutely loving. It’s fantasy, dark fantasy, but not horror. At least, not so far. He is a craftsman when it comes to words, and very funny. An example:
“Richard had noticed that events were cowards: they didn’t occur singly, but they would run in packs and leap out at him all at once.”
That’s how last week felt. Blech.
Anyway, I’ve rambled on long enough. Have any of you been watching or reading or listening to anything wonderful? Please share.