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  1. I saw this today with my 8-year-old nephew. He spent the whole film saying "It's going to get much cooler than this...There's this part in the trailer we haven't gotten to yet. It's going to be much cooler." I walked out thinking it was much better than what I expected from the trailer/press.

    So, in our case, both Darrel and Peter were right.

    The bigger problem, I think, is that the trailer is, as you say, "off base from the total film" -- I think a lot of people are going to go to this movie expecting another Chronicles of Narnia, simply because of the trailer, and will come out disappointed.
    Or, they may come out saying, that wasn't what I expected. It was better than the trailer looked.

  2. I was somewhat surprised that I didn't find any threads about George Saunders, author of many fun Shouts and Murmurs columns in The New Yorker and the wonderfully fun Pastoralia. So, after reading The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil I decided to rectify the situation and hope like the dickens that someone besides me has read this small little treat. [if you haven't read Phil, it's easily done in an evening.]

    My review of The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil is here. But I will say, in short, that what makes this book more than just a fun skewering of the contemporary political scene is the ending. Saunders seems to be making a well-known to Christians but not terribly popular comment on the nature of sin and humanity. Do you see Saunders as hopeful? Pessimistic? Both?

  3. There was a time in my life when I was up to date with what all the cool kids were listening to. That time is no longer. The problem with me making any kind of favorites list for 2006 is that the list of all new albums I heard this year likely wouldn't top ten much less contain a top ten.

    However, I cannot disagree with the notion that T-Bone's offering this year was overrated. And I will toss my .02 into the ring to mention Aimee Mann's One More Drifter in the Snow and Over the Rhine's Snow Angels as my favorite additions to the holiday genre. I've got an essay percolating about the resonances of these two pieces, but suffice it to say, "great" albums or not, I can't get them off my iPod.

  4. In the hot beverage arena, I'm mainly a coffee man, but there are many times when tea is the only way to go. I grew up with the good old Lipton orange pekoe, and quite often that's what I want when I want tea.

    However, we don't have it around the house much for no reason I can think of. I usually go for an English/Irish Breakfast. My wife is a nut for Earl Grey, so we have like 2 lbs of it.

    Twinings is usually good, but we found a bulk wholesaler who usually ships to coffee shops; through a special contact we get it from him. It's good stuff, but I can't tell you what brand it may be as it comes to us in large plain plastic bags.

  5. It's really hard not to stop and editorialize.

    That is sooo true. I'm thinking right now I've got a huge steaming pile of Goo, but I'm also valuing the exercise. The act of writing through the story is helping me see new ways for the plot to develop that haven't occured to me through only thinking.

  6. Don't get down NBooth, for you are right. There's a whole month to catch up.

    I've managed to stay on pace, but that's only because of a couple of big days early on. Yesterday was a bust due to various events (Roy Orbison tribute at the Rock HOF), but I'm already doing better than I've done in previous years.

    8800 and counting.

  7. And they laughed at me when I said that The X-Files wasn't just a story.

    Of course, I've just learned (and this really isn't all that new) that Canadien scientists have created spider-goats that can excrete spider silk through their mammary glands yielding large enough quantities of the material that it can be used to make bullet-proof vests.



    Dark days, indeed.

  8. Yeah yeah yeah

    I've already made a nicely snarky post on this subject, but it's been sticking in my head, and rattling around, and I've just got to get this off my chest.

    So, at the moment, I'd say that my favorite mushy song, or rather make it one of those peer among equals things, is

    "New York City" by They Might Be Giants

    You called me last night on the telephone

    And I was glad to hear from you cause I was all alone

    You said, its snowing, its snowing! god, I hate this weather.

    Now I walk through blizzards just to get us back together

    We met in the springtime at a rock-and-roll show

    It was on the bowery when it was time to go

    We kissed on the subway in the middle of the night

    I held your hand, you held mine, it was the best night of my life.

    cause everyones your friend in new york city

    And everything looks beautiful when youre young and pretty

    The streets are paved with diamonds and theres just so much to see

    But the best thing about new york city is you and me

    Statue of liberty, staten island ferry, co-op city, katzs and tiffanys*

    Central park, brooklyn bridge, the empire state where dylan lived**

    Coney island and times square, rockefeller center

    Wish I was there

    You wrote me a letter just the other day

    Said, springtime is coming soon so why dont you come to stay.

    I packed my stuff, got on the bus, I cant believe its true

    Im three days from new york city and Im three days from you

    cause everyones my friend in new york city

    And everything looks beautiful when youre young and pretty

    The streets are paved with diamonds and theres just so much to see

    But the best thing about new york city is you and me

    Now I have to go off and make restitution to the OTR gods. [sob]

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    Hey, folks!

    It's that time of year again. As the leaves come down, the writing counts go up. And NaNoWriMo lives on.

    I've started, crashed, and burned three different years (not in a row), but I'm determined to make a good show this year.

    Who else is up for some wonderfully bad, caffeine induced word barfing?

    Seriously, though, I'd be happy to give and receive good natured prodding, poking, and kicking in the kiester. There could be an A&F "writer buddy" bloc.

    My username on NaNoWriMo is ... wait for it ... tctruffin.

    [Yeah, ok that was lame.]

    Good writing!

  10. I've never hit a deer. We had a very close call Friday night coming home from Spamalot. (I thought that was ironic.)

    I went over a decade of driving without killing ANY animal while driving, and then we moved to Tiffin, OH. In the 2.5 years we've lived here, I've killed a rabbit, a squirrel, and a possum.

    Each time I either had no time for reaction, or any swerving would have led to a far worse accident due to traffic. And each time, I've been rather sad for the following few days.

  11. Got my medival garb and my can o' spam, and we're heading off to see the travelling production in Cleveland. Woo! Local buzz says the travelling troupe isn't quite as good as Broadway, but it has some wonderful surprises.

    Course, we're sitting way back in row BB of the balcony sooooooooo...

  12. Yes, yes, yes, you're all so very sweet and sophisticated and hip with all your OTR and Cure and Simon and Garfunkle and Mark Heard blah blah blah. :P

    C'mon, you know you want to say it. You know you want to own it. But you're just afraid. Afraid of what we'll think of you.

    So, let's give it up for

    Chicago's "You're the Inspiration"

    Peter Cetera's "Glory of Love" (I am the man who will fight for your honor)

    REO Speedwagon's "Can't Fight This Feeling"

    Lionel Richie's "Say You, Say Me" and (the first song I was ever paid to sing) "Endless Love"

    oh wait, we can't forget Stephen Curtis Chapman's "I Will Be Here" (forced to sing this at my parent's 30th anniversary)


    last, and probably least,

    "Somewhere Out There" by Linda Rondstat and that other guy (another song I was forced to sing at a wedding).

    So, while you're off admitting to yourself that these are your truly favorite love songs (and not just the ones that you pick so others will think you're cool) I've got to go get myself a magnum of wine to wash down this cheese.

    On a much more serious note, hearty congrats there Jeffrey and Anne! 10 years truly is something to celebrate. Here's hoping I can remind you of more sappy sacharine love songs on your 20th.

  13. Simply Red

    Nickleback (well, nickel IS a color. I'm not sure Nickleback is actually a band; they may be a "band.")

    Ladysmith Black Mambazo

    Black Sabbath

    Foxy Brown

    Jack Black

    Black Crowes

    Al Green

    Indigo Girls

    Violet Burning


    White Zombie

    Barry White




    Maroon 5


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