Monday, November 28, 2016

Song of the Week: Locomotive Breath

A classical + jazz piano introduction and some flute in a rock and roll song? It must be Jethro Tull's "Locomotive Breath".

Friday, November 25, 2016

MST3K Friday: Untamed Youth

This MST3K Friday is the full movie of Untamed Youth (season 1, episode 12). It's a really good episode with some great riffs (and terrible songs). For some reason, the riff at 1:19:13 really cracked me up.

"You think I look good? I do."

Thursday, November 24, 2016

On Gratitude

On this Thanksgiving Day, let's read the words of William F. Buckley, Jr. on gratitude.

"We need a rebirth of gratitude for those who have cared for us, living and, mostly, dead. The high moments of our way of life are their gifts to us. We must remember them in our thoughts and prayers; and in our deeds."

Click here to read the full speech.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

I Am Pilgrim by, Terry Hayes

There are places I'll remember all my life...

I wish I could remember who recommended this book because I'd never listen to a recommendation from them again. I Am Pilgrim is described as a "breakneck race against time", but you're more likely to want to break your own neck than read another page.

The novel starts out with an unnamed narrator at a murder scene in New York City and ends up being a globetrotting chase for a terrorist who developed a vaccine resistant strain of smallpox. In mysteries where there are two unrelated cases, they almost always end up being different sides of the same coin. In this novel, the two story lines are only connected by the thinnest of coincidences. In fact, every link of the plot is made by either dumb luck or coincidence.

Terry Hayes is a seasoned journalist and a successful screenwriter, which makes the amateurness of this novel surprising. If you drop about 150 of the first 170 pages, the novel is greatly improved. With that said, you'd still have to deal with a ton of overwriting, a whole mess of passive voice, confusing points of view shifts within the same scene, and what I can only assume he thinks is foreshadowing but comes off as annoying and not in any way suspenseful. Never mind the fact that the book is all tell, tell, tell. The balance between scene and summary is way out of whack.

There are elements in here that could work if there were many more drafts or a better editor, but as it stands, the book is not very good.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Song of the Week: I'll Stay Here

This song popped into my head the other day. Tantric's first three albums are so great that I can listen to them any time.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Bonus Song of the Week: Kennedy

Yesterday I posted Nixon's 1972 song, but I'd be remiss if I didn't post one of the most famous songs. "Kennedy. Kennedy. Kennedy. Kenn-e-dy for me!"

Monday, November 7, 2016

Song of the Week: Nixon Now

Since tomorrow is election day, how about we go back in time to when politicians had campaign songs? This song is from President Nixon's re-election campaign in 1972 and it's called "Nixon Now".