You Are What You Read!

Happy Friday People and welcome to You Are What You Read: The Animals Run Amok Edition.  We have no housekeeping for the second week in a row.  The SoNo Loft is still MIA and we have no Taffy or Fudge love offerings to thank you all for.   The Natural Order has been upset. This is very disturbing. 

And speaking of Natural Order and being disturbed, we do have some Wildlife Updates to discuss.  Yesterday, the New York Post reported that there were 2 sharks spotted off Oyster Bay Long Island.  The waters of several surrounding beaches were emptied of bathers while the two six footers cavorted and capered.  The All Clear was sounded about an hour and a half later.  You can read about that here.   And we know it wasn’t our girl Mary Lee.  She’s Summering off the coasts of South Carolina and Georgia where the water is nice and warm.   The Daily News reports that yesterday an alligator of all things was spotted strolling down a street in the Inwood section of Manhattan.  He was described as ‘feisty’ because really?  How else would you want your gator?  Feisty seems about right.  You can read about that here and peruse the pictures.  Apparently duct tape can be used to close the jaws of a gator rather effectively.  So there’s some news you can use for this week.  In Domesticated Animal news, there was a story in this morning’s  Post was a story about a cat named George who after escaping from his owner’s arms basically shut down the subway system for about 40 minutes.  You can read about that here.  I am marveling that fellow riders let the owner live, frankly.  Think you’re safe here in the ‘burbs?  Well you’re not.  On the cover of this morning’s Connecticut Post, was a story about how certain animals are on the wane (bees, bats, bunnies) while others have climbing numbers (beavers, bears and bobcats).  And it’s everywhere People!  In Lake Mary, Florida a homeowner watched as a brown bear walked into his garage, helped himself to a 20 pound bag of dog food, ate it and then collapsed on the lawn in a food coma.  So, as you go about your weekend,  be ever vigilant People!  Wildlife is trying to take back what’s theirs! And help themselves to what’s ours!

This week we have some France, some Duke (sorry Traveling Companion), King  David, self-help, and the portrait of a marriage. 

Of course we have The Playlist.  We're not animals! 

Let us begin!

The Amazing Amanda is here with her review of Joanna Bourne’s Black Hawk.  I find the cover and description of this book to be so embarrassing. When I picked it up out of sheer ‘whatever new Regency-era romance they have’ desperation, I expected the worst. Then when I started reading, I kept pausing to text my BFF about how surprisingly great this book was. The story begins with the stabbing of a French female spy in London. She manages to make it to her ex-lover's house before she collapses. The story is then told in alternating flashbacks between the present and the past as they investigate who tried to kill her. However, this isn't your usual romance story.   You join the hero and heroine as children during the French Revolution, as they slip through walls to rescue conscripted kids. They're brave, smart, and deadly. It is espionage, murders, and a thrilling chase across Europe as the two lovers work against each other. They know they their relationship is treasonous, but it's so difficult to stop.  I read this on a cross-country flight with a few chapters left to savor. It's brilliant. The author's description of emotions and the changing nature of relationships gave me a pause. Don't let the genre or cover fool you into thinking this is your standard romance novel. It is so much more.”

Abby is here with a documentary this week. “I attended Indiana University in the Bob Knight years and acknowledge Bob was not known for creating a lot of good will among a large swath of society.  Another program that can bring about strong negative feelings in basketball fans is Duke University.  I’ve never had issues with Duke, perhaps in part because Duke’s Coach Mike Krzyzewski aka Coach K played for Bobby and was also an assistant coach at Indiana. But perhaps no one has ignited more hatred of Duke than player Christian Laettner. At 6’11, Laettner had amazing skills on the court but gave off a vibe that created a lot of conflict and outright hatred for him and his incredibly successful team. How much hatred? There is actually a documentary called I Hate Christian Laettner. That title is based on a song someone took the time to write.  Now that’s some hate. Produced by ESPN as part of their 30 For 30 series, the film offers a 5 point breakdown of why the talented Laettner is so widely disliked. Laettner participated in the film along with fans and haters alike. It’s a great documentary that highlights Laettner’s incredible impact on the game. You may not want to lunch with him, but if I was putting together the all-time best college team, I’d want him on it.”

Barbrara M loves herself some Geraldine Brooks.  Let’s see if that holds true. “Brooks has done it again. She's written a well-crafted interesting book. The Secret Chord is based on the story of David from the Bible and although I abhorred the descriptions of the horrific wars I loved the book. The story is narrated by Natan, the prophet, who tries to provide David with a balanced outlook on events. Her characters are well rounded and the dialog, while sometimes a bit syrupy, is believable. David is, after all, sometimes attributed with writing The Book of Psalms. The story moved with a rapid pace and kept me interested until the end. “

Pat T can be found, as usual, listening. “I have just finished listening to Ali Wentworth's newest book, Happily Ali After and Other Fairly True Tales, and all I can say is it is crazy funny!  She will have you laughing as you listen to her attempts to follow the self-help adages that permeate our everyday lives. She wrestles with the topics of her marriage to a ‘sex icon’, George Stephanopolous, embarrassing yet comical parenting issues with her two daughters, and confronting the aging process, as her 50's are fast approaching! This audio book is read by the author and is as equally entertaining as her last book, Ali in Wonderland: and Other Tall Tales!

The Always Delightful Pat S is almost done with what has to be my favorite book of the year so far, Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff.  “Picking up this novel, I thought I would be reading a fairly desultory exploration of marriage; albeit a well written one. Well, I had no idea.  Meet Lotto and Mathilde, two physically beautiful and brilliant youths who marry in the first thrall of passion. Beautiful, talented and the envy of all their friends, the world is their oyster. And so begins the arc of their story as we follow them for the next twenty four years of their marriage. Bound by sheer physical passion as well as a highly successful artistic collaboration, their marriage seems almost too perfect to be real . . .. I am three quarters of the way through and I can’t wait to get back to it tonight!  Practically throbbing with undercurrents of malevolence like that found in Gone Girl, this book is nothing like it seems. Jen promises that it delivers nothing short of ‘literary whiplash’.

DJ Jazzy Patty McC is here from The State Which Shall Not Be Named.  What’s good Pats? “Here we are deep in the middle of summer. I know this because it’s that time of year that my freckles spread and band together, giving my skin the illusion of a tan. I also know this because my youngest has already started the dreaded chant heard at least once by every single parent during the summer months. I can guarantee that we won’t be hearing that chant this weekend as we have a few great festivals here. Maker Faire Detroit is back and we’re headed to The Henry Ford on Saturday to partake in all that tinkering, hacking and creating. Last year we learned how to pick a few different kinds of standard locks as well as how to solder. THAT was a good time! Today, if there is talk of boredom I will put this playlist on in shuffle mode and tell him to just dance. Take some time to enjoy the summer festivals this weekend.”

You Are What You Read!

Happy Friday People and welcome to You Are What You Read: The Animals Run Amok Edition.  We have no housekeeping for the second week in a row.  The SoNo Loft is still MIA and we have no Taffy or Fudge love offerings to thank you all for.   The Natural Order has been upset. This is very disturbing. 

And speaking of Natural Order and being disturbed, we do have some Wildlife Updates to discuss.  Yesterday, the New York Post reported that there were 2 sharks spotted off Oyster Bay Long Island.  The waters of several surrounding beaches were emptied of bathers while the two six footers cavorted and capered.  The All Clear was sounded about an hour and a half later.  You can read about that here.   And we know it wasn’t our girl Mary Lee.  She’s Summering off the coasts of South Carolina and Georgia where the water is nice and warm.   The Daily News reports that yesterday an alligator of all things was spotted strolling down a street in the Inwood section of Manhattan.  He was described as ‘feisty’ because really?  How else would you want your gator?  Feisty seems about right.  You can read about that here and peruse the pictures.  Apparently duct tape can be used to close the jaws of a gator rather effectively.  So there’s some news you can use for this week.  In Domesticated Animal news, there was a story in this morning’s  Post was a story about a cat named George who after escaping from his owner’s arms basically shut down the subway system for about 40 minutes.  You can read about that here.  I am marveling that fellow riders let the owner live, frankly.  Think you’re safe here in the ‘burbs?  Well you’re not.  On the cover of this morning’s Connecticut Post, was a story about how certain animals are on the wane (bees, bats, bunnies) while others have climbing numbers (beavers, bears and bobcats).  And it’s everywhere People!  In Lake Mary, Florida a homeowner watched as a brown bear walked into his garage, helped himself to a 20 pound bag of dog food, ate it and then collapsed on the lawn in a food coma.  So, as you go about your weekend,  be ever vigilant People!  Wildlife is trying to take back what’s theirs! And help themselves to what’s ours!

This week we have some France, some Duke (sorry Traveling Companion), King  David, self-help, and the portrait of a marriage. 

Of course we have The Playlist.  We're not animals! 

Let us begin!

The Amazing Amanda is here with her review of Joanna Bourne’s Black Hawk.  I find the cover and description of this book to be so embarrassing. When I picked it up out of sheer ‘whatever new Regency-era romance they have’ desperation, I expected the worst. Then when I started reading, I kept pausing to text my BFF about how surprisingly great this book was. The story begins with the stabbing of a French female spy in London. She manages to make it to her ex-lover's house before she collapses. The story is then told in alternating flashbacks between the present and the past as they investigate who tried to kill her. However, this isn't your usual romance story.   You join the hero and heroine as children during the French Revolution, as they slip through walls to rescue conscripted kids. They're brave, smart, and deadly. It is espionage, murders, and a thrilling chase across Europe as the two lovers work against each other. They know they their relationship is treasonous, but it's so difficult to stop.  I read this on a cross-country flight with a few chapters left to savor. It's brilliant. The author's description of emotions and the changing nature of relationships gave me a pause. Don't let the genre or cover fool you into thinking this is your standard romance novel. It is so much more.”

Abby is here with a documentary this week. “I attended Indiana University in the Bob Knight years and acknowledge Bob was not known for creating a lot of good will among a large swath of society.  Another program that can bring about strong negative feelings in basketball fans is Duke University.  I’ve never had issues with Duke, perhaps in part because Duke’s Coach Mike Krzyzewski aka Coach K played for Bobby and was also an assistant coach at Indiana. But perhaps no one has ignited more hatred of Duke than player Christian Laettner. At 6’11, Laettner had amazing skills on the court but gave off a vibe that created a lot of conflict and outright hatred for him and his incredibly successful team. How much hatred? There is actually a documentary called I Hate Christian Laettner. That title is based on a song someone took the time to write.  Now that’s some hate. Produced by ESPN as part of their 30 For 30 series, the film offers a 5 point breakdown of why the talented Laettner is so widely disliked. Laettner participated in the film along with fans and haters alike. It’s a great documentary that highlights Laettner’s incredible impact on the game. You may not want to lunch with him, but if I was putting together the all-time best college team, I’d want him on it.”

Barbrara M loves herself some Geraldine Brooks.  Let’s see if that holds true. “Brooks has done it again. She's written a well-crafted interesting book. The Secret Chord is based on the story of David from the Bible and although I abhorred the descriptions of the horrific wars I loved the book. The story is narrated by Natan, the prophet, who tries to provide David with a balanced outlook on events. Her characters are well rounded and the dialog, while sometimes a bit syrupy, is believable. David is, after all, sometimes attributed with writing The Book of Psalms. The story moved with a rapid pace and kept me interested until the end. “

Pat T can be found, as usual, listening. “I have just finished listening to Ali Wentworth's newest book, Happily Ali After and Other Fairly True Tales, and all I can say is it is crazy funny!  She will have you laughing as you listen to her attempts to follow the self-help adages that permeate our everyday lives. She wrestles with the topics of her marriage to a ‘sex icon’, George Stephanopolous, embarrassing yet comical parenting issues with her two daughters, and confronting the aging process, as her 50's are fast approaching! This audio book is read by the author and is as equally entertaining as her last book, Ali in Wonderland: and Other Tall Tales!

The Always Delightful Pat S is almost done with what has to be my favorite book of the year so far, Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff.  “Picking up this novel, I thought I would be reading a fairly desultory exploration of marriage; albeit a well written one. Well, I had no idea.  Meet Lotto and Mathilde, two physically beautiful and brilliant youths who marry in the first thrall of passion. Beautiful, talented and the envy of all their friends, the world is their oyster. And so begins the arc of their story as we follow them for the next twenty four years of their marriage. Bound by sheer physical passion as well as a highly successful artistic collaboration, their marriage seems almost too perfect to be real . . .. I am three quarters of the way through and I can’t wait to get back to it tonight!  Practically throbbing with undercurrents of malevolence like that found in Gone Girl, this book is nothing like it seems. Jen promises that it delivers nothing short of ‘literary whiplash’.

DJ Jazzy Patty McC is here from The State Which Shall Not Be Named.  What’s good Pats? “Here we are deep in the middle of summer. I know this because it’s that time of year that my freckles spread and band together, giving my skin the illusion of a tan. I also know this because my youngest has already started the dreaded chant heard at least once by every single parent during the summer months. I can guarantee that we won’t be hearing that chant this weekend as we have a few great festivals here. Maker Faire Detroit is back and we’re headed to The Henry Ford on Saturday to partake in all that tinkering, hacking and creating. Last year we learned how to pick a few different kinds of standard locks as well as how to solder. THAT was a good time! Today, if there is talk of boredom I will put this playlist on in shuffle mode and tell him to just dance. Take some time to enjoy the summer festivals this weekend.”

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Let's watch some random documentaries this week!  Just because it's Summer, doesn't mean we can't learn something!  And remember you don't have to wait!  Immediate gratification can be yours!

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The Wrecking...Who?

The Wrecking Crew
The Wrecking Crew

"California Dreaming." "Good Vibrations." "La Bamba." "These Boots Are Made For Walking." "Mr. Tambourine Man." "Bridge Over Troubled Water." "Strangers in the Night." What do all of these iconic songs from rock's classic era have in common? 

They -- and many, many others -- were performed by a group of California studio musicians known as the Wrecking Crew. Finally, a DVD of a 2008 documentary about the group is available, and it's a must-see for music fans. The Monkees and the Partridge Family weren't the only ones who didn't play the instruments on all of their records -- you'll be amazed at how many timeless songs were actually played by this talented group, which included musicians Carol Kaye and Glen Campbell.

If you enjoyed 20 Feet from Stardom, you'll love the story behind the Wrecking Crew..."You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'." "Never My Love," "Last Train to Clarksville." "The Beat Goes On," and on...

 

 

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You Are What You Read!

Greetings and welcome to You Are What You Read.  This edition has no fancy name to it.  This week’s big news is that there are absolutely no housekeeping chores to be done.  There were no offerings of taffy or fudge.  The SoNo Loft has nothing to say because it literally disappeared over night rendering my commute even more charm-free than it normally is.    I am hopeful that this is just about roof repairs. Of course when I know more, so will you.  A world without The Loft is just too sad to think about.

This weekend promises to be hot and humid and that can only mean one thing.  Afternoon thunderstorms could be in the making.  There was this fascinating piece on NPR this morning about how deaths by lightning strikes are way, way up. The 411 on this is as follows; July is the most dangerous month for death by lightning, most of the victims are male and the body count is at 20 so far this summer.  So while most people are oddly freaked out by the recent shark attacks, you are more likely to be hit by a lightning strike (1 in 12,000)  than you are to have a run in with Mary Lee Shark (1 in 11.5 million). Back in the day, there were many more fatalities, usually 300-400 per year. Mostly because of using a corded phone (an aside for The Young out there, that was the only way phones used to come; actually wired to the wall.) and because tractors were uncovered, should you be a farming type.  These days, most of the fatalities happen while people are outside playing, not farming or talking on their Nana’s phone, and the majority of these are mostly at the beach or on boats whilst fishing.  The experts think that there is something about the roar of the waves dulling the sound of the approaching thunder.  As a dedicated beach-goer, I kind of find this hard to believe.  Anyone who has seen a storm roll in over the water and with an ounce of common sense knows when it’s time to head in.  Which brings us to a nice mantra to use and share with family and friends: When thunder roars, go indoors.  And when you do go indoors, make sure that you aren’t blowing dry your hair or holding on to anything that plugs in the wall, think back to that phone thing.  In fact, why not use it as an excuse for some lovely late afternoon lolling.  Let’s be safe People!

This week we have a brush with fame, a mysterious tome, a nosey neighbor, justice, and some dip-in, dip-out.   The only Paris we can offer is this week’s image.  Sorry.

This week is more of a Gift than the usual Playlist. 

Let us begin!

Miss Claire has just finished reading Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari. “I swore that I wouldn't buy a book on vacation, but I just couldn't resist purchasing this one. Comedian Aziz Ansari, who is also the star of NBC's Parks & Rec, writes about love in the 21st Century. Warning: Although you will be in pain from laughing so hard, this book is not a memoir, or collection of essays like other examples comedy writing. Ansari takes his own experiences with dating in places like New York and LA, and couples them with research (actual research) about how dating has changed in this modern age. Ansari and his friend travel to Tokyo, Paris, Buenos Aires, and even Doha to compare dating in various cultures. What's an herbivore man? What's a chongo? These and other international mysteries will be solved in the book. By looking at dating and communication over the generations, the author ponders whether or not we are really better off. Ansari provides a fresh perspective on the challenges of meeting Mr./Ms. Right. He does his homework, while also adding his witty charm to the mix. Fun Fact: I was his RA at NYU in London, so loved this fun break from my summer list of kid lit.”

Sweet Ann is reading a little dark this week.  What’s doin’ Ann? “I read reviews of Disclaimer by Renee Knight and thought I would give it a try. Catherine Ravenscroft, a documentary film director, is happily married and has a young adult son with whom she has a slightly strained relationship. She and her husband have recently moved and she is adjusting well until one evening she finds a book on her night table which she does not remember purchasing or seeing before.  As she begins reading it she recognizes herself in the story, a devastating story she has shared with no one.  This novel is told in Catherine's voice and the author of the book who is out for revenge. This was a good thriller although I though it got a bit long.  I definitely enjoyed Gone Girl and the Girl on the Train more than this one, but it is a quick summer read.”

The Always Fabulous Babs B has finished a quiet staff favorite, The Stone Boy by Sophie Loubiere.  Here’s what she thought. “This is a suspenseful psychological thriller but also a story of a passionately loving grandmother who more nosey than Miss Marple!  Madame Preau is a retired headmistress when she returns to her own house outside Paris after several years spent in a convalescent home.  She is not taken seriously when she reports an abused boy in a neighboring home.  Beautifully written (and translated) with just enough suspense to keep the reader wondering; is there an abused child or is Madame Preau imagining him? “

Steph!  Not reading Go Set a Watchman!  “There’s been a lot of buzz about the return of Atticus Finch this week, and rightly so, but the book I read this week is about a real-life Atticus who deserves just as much attention. Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson, is part-memoir, part-courtroom thriller. Stevenson is the founder of legal non-profit the Equal Justice Initiative, which works in Alabama on death row cases, as well as cases where people are given life sentences for crimes committed as minors. As you’d expect, many of the stories are heartbreaking, and put a human face on issues of crime and punishment, as well as illuminating how region and race play a large role in determining the fate of many prisoners. Despite the difficulty and sorrow behind many of the cases Stevenson discusses, there is also a strong sense of hope and redemption. He’s a remarkable lawyer and writer, and even more so, a remarkable man. This is reminiscent of the very best of John Grisham, but 100% true. Go on hold for this in addition to (or instead of) Go Set A Watchman.”

Laura  is here with a reading style just right for a summer afternoon . “Summer is a time for lazy.   What better way to enjoy a lazy, hazy summer afternoon in the hammock than with a book that we call the dip-in, dip-out.  This is the  sort of  book that you don't have to commit to, can open at a different page every time, and close without a book mark to save your page. These easy reads are more informational fun fact books like The Secret Museum by Molly Oldfield a unique illustrated listing of intriguing artifacts hidden away in some of the world's most venerable museums: such as Van Gogh's sketchbooks, Nabokov's butterfly genitalia cabinet, or the Diamond Sutra. Or perhaps Atoms Under the Floorboards, by Chris Woodford which explains scientific reasons for everyday phenomena such as squeaky floors, gurgling pipes, and why skyscrapers don’t sink into the ground or blow over.  Not necessarily cocktail talk but interesting all the same for the curious mind. “

DJ Jazzy Patty McC is here from The State Which Shall Not Be Named.  Earlier this week she sent me a pic of one of her progeny standing on a Big M on location in Ann Arbor.  Patty!  Get your kid outta there!  Don’t you know what they say about Ann Arbor?!    Aside from that, what’s good Pats? “We’re back from the Nation’s Capital and I’m pleased to report that we had a great time. Five days was not enough time to see and do everything but we gave it a valiant effort. Now it’s back to the local summer routine of Farmers’ Markets and Art Fairs. My son and I headed out to the Ann Arbor Art Fair yesterday.Some of the other, lesser-known festivals around us include the Old Town Scrapfest  in Lansing where 20 teams had one hour to collect up to 500 pounds of scrap metal from the Friedland Industries’ scrap facility and then spent two weeks creating masterpieces that will culminate in the unveiling of their creations during the festival this weekend. There’s also a Pig Jig Pig Roast and Street Dance for those who enjoy a sidewalk sale with a little dancing in the streets and a side of pork. The artist, Nick Cave will have his first live-dancing event of his Soundsuits this weekend in Detroit.  It would seem as though there is something for everyone right now. And if that isn’t enough, the band Wilco, surprise dropped their new album, Star Wars yesterday. The album is available for free for a limited time so give it a listen now and don’t forget to get out and support your local art scene this weekend.”

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