Greetings and welcome to the That’s No Treat Edition of You Are What You Read.
Tights Watch 2018 has come to an official end. I caved to the cold this Monday. So if you picked the last full week in October as the Drop Dead Date you win! But really, People? Do any of us win when The Bad Time is knocking on our collective doors?
People! While we were all on Tights Watch it would appear our Bear “Friends” have been up to their usual hijinks. We had a bear in Wolcott who tried to cozy up to a pen of goats today at 1AM and then there was the bear that was spotted Hamden just strolling around. In Meriden, on Wednesday, a bear decided to check out the deck furniture at a condo complex located in what is described only as the CITY. In this video, the bear can be seen looking through the sliding glass door (perhaps wondering where the kitchen is located just in case there’s a return visit?) and then inspecting a chair and side table.
This is rather disconcerting to say the least.
That’s right People. There are Hipster Bears shopping around for an urban environment. They are not content to live their Thug Lives in the countryside any longer. Before you know it, there may just be Bear colors and signs that they throw at each other. Can a bear wield a spray paint can? Will there be Bear Graffiti marking territories? I mean if they can open a car door/refrigerator/look for the ice machine in a hotel it’s not improbable, right? Will one symbol be a bee hive? Or perhaps a picnic cooler? Maybe a fish? All of these would be pretty simple to do with a can of spray paint. Even for a bear.
So this is my question of the week. Aren’t these animals supposed to be preparing for hibernation at some point?
It’s getting cold, nighttime is coming earlier and earlier, there are not a lot of berries and the like left. I know that for me, the idea of a long winter’s nap is very appealing. It’s HIBERNATION TIME. And frankly, I am finding this need for Bear Vigilance exhausting and like the idea of them hibernating the way you put an exhausting toddler down for a nap. Only in this case it’s a long, long nap. Over several months.
Also, with Halloween coming next week I would make sure that whatever is ringing that doorbell is human before I open the door. I can just imagine them realizing this is the one night of the year where if they ring the bell, not only will we open the door, we will give them food for performing that particular parlor trick. Don’t be fooled People! Vigilance is called for.
This week we have some naked, a palace, sisters, tragedy, and some refugees.
Let us begin!
Brit! What’s good? “Jen, the scientists tried to warn them, but they just wouldn’t listen. Overly concerned with self-serving political gain, government officials refused to acknowledge the pressing biological matters at hand until poof all the men were gone. Now the women, rallied together under the flag of Beyonce’s thighs, rebuild civilization. It’s laugh-out-loud funny. There’s Ulaana, the only remaining woman who remembers a world before men vanished; her granddaughter, Emiko, whose only idea of what men were like comes from the Paul Blart Mall Cop DVD she found in an abandoned store; and Gaia, the naked, confident mayor. Can they do it without the men? Read Woman World by Aminder Dhaliwal to find out.”
The Always Delightful Pat S has just finished The Last Palace by Norman Eisen and here’s what she thought about that! “Eisen was the U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic from 2011 to 2014 and has written the history of the Czech nation as told through the prism of one legendary palace and its’ five inhabitants. Conceived and built (1924-31) by Otto Petschak, scion of the brown coal and banking family in Prague, the palace was abandoned only short years after its’ completion when Naz’s marched into Prague, and any and all Jewish people who could, left the country. The next inhabitant was a cultured German military man Rudolf Toussaint, who never joined the Nazi party, and tried desperately to deflect Hitler’s more strident edicts against the Czech people. After the end of WWII, Laurence Steinhardt, as U.S. Ambassador, tried and succeeded in keeping the building out of Communist hands by arranging for the US to buy it; although he could not stop Communism from overtaking the country. And finally, 40 years later, it was Shirley Temple Black as Ambassador who oversaw the restoration of democracy during the Velvet Revolution. Tthroughout the history, Eisen weaves the story of his mother Frieda who was a Czech national, Auchwitz survivor, and US Citizen. This is a fascinating story from every vantage point-and it reads like fiction!”
Pat T has started reading, The Fabulous Bouvier Sisters, by Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger. She says that, “The next thing I knew I was engrossed in the world of Jackie Kennedy Onassis and her sister Lee Radziwill. The sisters grew up four years apart in age, strikingly beautiful, smart and stylish in a world where the ‘finest aspects of life were sought and appreciated, when taste and knowledge were things to acquire and to treasure.’ Lee spent the greater part of her life in Jackie's shadow; however she was quite accomplished in the arts, with her interior decorating business and stylist clothes, even introducing Jackie to the clothing designer, Givenchy, who dressed her for her famous Paris trip as First Lady. Jackie and Lee shared many special times, including the White House years when the Radziwill family were frequent guests. But they also shared sorrowful times such as the assassination of the President, Lee's divorces and death of her son Anthony. Lee, at the age of 84, spends her time between Paris and New York, enjoying time with a small group of friends."
Jeanne is doing two things this week as she does. “I read two beautiful, terrible books this week. The first, by Rebecca Makkai, is The Great Believers. It is at once beautiful for its compassionate and moving depiction of friendship, betrayal and loss. The terrible tragedy is in the story that she tells of the AIDS epidemic in the eighties and the fatal blow it is dealing to the residents of Boystown in Chicago. She writes of the fear and confusion among the gay community and the wrongful condemnation and mistreatment by authorities. One of Makkai's main characters is Yale Tishman, the development director for a Chicago art gallery, who believes he may be making a very important acquisition of a bequest that will be a boon to his career. Meanwhile he is worried about his partner and their friends who are rallying around each other, but also looking out for themselves. The author then moves one of the secondary characters, Fiona, forward from the eighties to 2015 in Paris in search of her estranged daughter. There is a lot going on, but it is interconnected and memorable, with believable characters.
"The second book is Khaled Hosseini’s Sea Prayer. He tells the tragic story of the refugee crisis and the many that lose their lives trying to escape persecution. This very short story is gorgeously illustrated by Dan Williams. There is not much more I can say, you must read it.”