Greetings and welcome to the Full Wolf Moon Edition of You Are What You Read. This week’s housekeeping is as follows: There were no Offerings. Saturday’s Full Moon, the first of the new year, is known as the Wolf Moon and also as Full Snow Moon. I don’t like the sound of that one bit. Sorry. Wolves? Snow? No wonder there is panicked bread buying.
This week we have an intriguing Animals Run Amok. It would appear that if you are on the hunt for nearby Animals Running Amok that Queens is your borough. This past week the Fine Boys in Blue have had to capture a cow that realized just what that line of fellow bovine was all about and faster than you can say, ‘Peace Out Elsie‘ ran from the slaughterhouse at a high rate of speed (at least for a cow). And if that wasn't enough, a goat broke free from his Humans. Apparently this is not the first time this has gone down. In 2011 another cow also made the break for freedom. So should you be airport bound or just generally touring the boroughs of New York be on the lookout People! You just never know. You can read about all of them here. Enjoy.
If you are around this evening won’t you join us in the Art Gallery between 6 and 8 this evening for The Traveling Companion’s Art Reception? There will be cheese, wine, some really nice art, and a chance to meet Bill. If you all behave, there may even be some golf stories. You just never know with that man! He’s full of surprises.
This week we have a horse, a prize, alien invasion, some heart and soul, and broken trust.
Playlist? Are the planets in alignment? Then yes, yes we do!
Let us begin!
Laura enjoyed her latest read up to a point. “The Mare by Mary Gaitskill is a story of many people. Each chapter alternates from the perspectives of the characters. These inner dialogs develop the story, showcasing desires, fears, anger, misgivings that, with all good intentions, ride dangerously close to the edge of not only emotional cliffs but also a cliff of class. The story follows eleven-year old Velveteen Vargas, a Fresh Air child, who has to divide her time between the tough streets of Brooklyn, where her abusive mother, Silvia and younger brother, Dante, live, with the rural country home of childless artist and recovering alcoholic Ginger and Paul, her husband who is a philandering professor. They live across the street from a horse farm where Velvet finds a mare, Fugly Girl. She has scars across her nose and an ear ‘out of sorts’ and is set apart from the rest of the horses. The two embark on a journey of self-actualization, much to the consternation of the mother, the Fresh Air family, the trainers, and fellow privileged riders. My book group met last night to discuss the story and gave Gaitskill high scores in her ability to represent the strivings and expectations of economic class. Some liked the short chapters and the bouncing from one character’s thoughts to another, though, including me, I did find this tedious. But still a good read of sensitivity and insight.”
Kaitlin from the Rock is BACK. Here is what she has been doing. “Hiyo! I'm a little late to the party on this one, but I'm currently reading All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr. I was somewhat wary of this one at first, I was afraid I wouldn't love it after all the hype it received after winning the Pulitzer Prize. I'm about halfway through now, and I don't want it to end! It's really two stories about a boy and a girl in WWII, very beautifully woven into one. Each short chapter alternates between the points of view of Marie-Laure, a young blind girl who has had to flee Paris with her father once the Nazis invade, and Werner, a young German boy who was plucked from a foster home and placed into the Hitler Youth. I'm not quite sure where the story will go (I'm assuming they will collide!), but I can definitely see how it was deserving of some very high honors. I'm currently listening to the YA audiobook The 5th Wave, by Rick Yancey. I absolutely love it. It's a nice break from the comedic audio books that I've been listening too, and it's just a really exciting book to hear being read out loud (it's very War of the Worlds!). The gist is that Earth is under invasion from aliens, and their calculated attacks have come in "waves"--the power was knocked out, a huge earthquake/tsunami struck, a plague has taken over, etc. Are the aliens walking among us, disguised as humans? We don't know! I really can't tell at this point which way the story will go, and I have no idea who to trust. I'm not sure if I'll see the movie, but I'll definitely keep listening!"
Sweet Ann has just finished Jacques Pepin's Heart and Soul in the Kitchen. “I like to peruse cookbooks and this is one that I so loved, I bought it after I made a few of the recipes. I at first thought Mr. Pepin's recipes would be a bit difficult to follow but I was wrong. This is a beautiful book with pictures accompanying most of the recipes and interesting stories from Jacques. I have made the Black Bread and Butter Lattice. Don't worry that you have to bake the bread, you use a small cocktail pumpernickel bread that you slice and present a certain way after you have spread butter and horseradish on it. It is delicious served with smoked salmon. I have also made his Potatoes Rachel Ray, which he says his recipe was similar to hers, but hers were easier to make, so he has it in his cookbook...they were yummy. I am not a pepper fan but his Carrots and Chives ask for pepper and I made them that way and once again his recipe was quite good. I know there are still quite a few recipes I am looking forward to trying in the near future. I highly recommend this cookbook to look through or to try some of the delicious recipes."
The Always Delightful Pat S has just finished The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney. “This is a debut novel about siblings, money, dashed dreams, and unrealistic expectations, you know, family. Four siblings who have long awaited the payday from a family trust are shocked to discover that the oldest, Leo, has decimated it due to his unwholesome antics. Each of the four had spent years planning how they would spend this sum. Such was their reliance on this money that each was now in varying stages of financial distress. Leo has promised to ‘make good’ to all but will he? I am only halfway through the book but I can’t wait to find out. Told with a perfect balance of humor and poignancy, reading this book feels like spending time with old friends, -or family.”
Of course DJ Jazzy Patty McC is here from Meat Chicken with the final thoughts of the week. What’s good Pats? "This week planets aligned. Friday evening, Winter Storm Jonas will hit the East Coast. Sunday evening we can once again watch the X Files and then out of the blue, my friend who swore she'd be #ForeverAlone, got engaged. Did I mention that the planets aligned and that they can be best viewed about an hour before dawn now through February 20th?
I think three out of four of these things deserve a viewing party! So if you see Jen at the Welcome Desk or on Ref, stop by gaze upon her finger and wish her and her Traveling Companion all the best. Congrats from our crew out here in the D, Jen! This weekend I hope you all survive Jonas winter blast with a load of good books, good food and family. A couple of snow days deserves a playlist. Happy weekend. Stay safe and warm.
DL PLANETS ALIGN 2015