Hello! Welcome to the Full Buck Moon edition of You Are What You Read. This full moon, which occurs this Wednesday, is thusly named because this is when Bucks grow their antlers. It is also called the Thunder Moon because this is when a lot of thunderstorms happen to occur. It’s promising to be a rainy, thundering weekend so it’s not so far off. I know nothing about antler sprouting. If anyone gets the 411 on that, please report back.
The SoNo Loft has a cheery message this week which is ‘Manamana, do do do do do’. If you don’t understand the message here is a clip for you. Guaranteed you’ll be humming this all weekend. A very special thanks to The Loft (aka Think Around Corners) for the bit of whimsy and charm that they bring to my commute. Thanks Guys! You’ll never know how much we all appreciate it.
Earlier this week The Always Dapper James brought a film short to my attention and now I have something new to obsess over; the secret life of those figurines that were all over your Nana’s house. You know the ones of which I speak. Those little weird Hummel boys and girls (which always looked ‘off’ to me), the LLardo stretchy people that always looked like El Greco via a second rate Hallmark Card Artist, the animal ones (cats, dogs, birds) or as one of my grandmothers had, weird china shoes in all shapes and sizes with flowers on them. These dust collectors lived on side tables or the occasional decorative shelving that seemed to oddly be made for just this very sort of thing. Anyway, they apparently have a secret life which will be revealed if you watch this short. I am equal parts fascinated and horrified. Although nothing can ever mesmerize/repel like a doll with teeth, the stars of this little film comes pretty close. I almost want to go and seek out a cowgirl of my very own. The very valuable take away from this tiny masterpiece? Never mess with a Cowgirl. She’ll. Mess. You. Up.
This week we have some sardonic wit (not necessarily mine), British humour, what’s next, and a big fat family saga. This week’s Playlist is Cowgirl approved.
Let us begin!
Virginia the Tall Cool Texan has two offerings this week. “Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians and China Rich Girlfriend are two of the most addicting and hysterical novels I have read in a long time. Think The Devil Wears Prada but based in Singapore with more money and interfering relatives. I am not sure what I loved more: the description of the outrageous lifestyle (who would have thought having a Netjet card would be considered slumming it?), or the mouthwatering description of the food (seriously cannot stop thinking about authentic Chinese food), of course, and the sardonic wit (which made me cackle out loud) given to several of the characters was outstanding. Regardless, it is a frivolous good time and I couldn’t put either of the books down.
Barbara M is reaching out to an original. “If you’ve finished watching the latest season of House of Cards brilliantly starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright and are wondering what to watch next allow me to suggest that you watch the original British series. It is less violent and more sinister than the American version with an underlying twist of British humor. Wonderful!”
Pat T is all about what comes next. “I picked up, What Comes Next and How to Like It by Abigail Thomas because the title appealed to me. The memoir is a compilation of journal entries about significant events over the course of the author's life ranging from her lifelong friendship with a colleague in publishing; the tragic accident of her husband; her daughter's cancer diagnosis and recovery, as well as many family gatherings with her four adult children and twelve grandchildren and her cherished dogs. Ms. Thomas's memoir is a very honest rendering of the ups and downs of her everyday life and most important of all; the love of family and friends.”
I am in the middle of The Dust that Falls from Dreams by Louis de Bernieres. I have to tell you that this is one of those books that has me clamoring to get back to it. This big fat sweeping saga is about 3 families who are neighbors in the English countryside. The British McCosh family, The half- French Pitt family and the American Pendennis family. Beginning with the coronation of King Edward and the idyllic Edwardian period going through the horrors of World War I and beyond this is a wonderful look at ordinary lives in extraordinary times. The chapters that chronicled Ash Pendennis’s experience in the trenches of France were some of the roughest I have ever read but they still had a wonderful sort of beauty about them. You will have to wait until August to pick this one up.
DJ Jazzy Patty McC is here from The State Which Shall Not Be Named with some final musings and of course The Playlist. What’s good Pats? “ This week my father-in-law hopped a flight to Music City to induct one of his grads into the Country Radio Hall of Fame. His former student now a Milwaukee country music DJ and morning show host, Karen Dalessandro was honored this week in Nashville. Did I mention that my husband went with him to Nashville? Did I mention that I might be a teeny bit envious? Well, since I couldn’t be there to share in the celebration of a woman DJ being inducted, I thought I’d spin a little Country Music right here. Who knows, maybe Karen has a few of these songs on her own playlist. “
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