Carol’s Carrel 2018

Best of the Year

Golden Hill, Francis Spufford
Home Fire, Kamila Shamsie
Autumn, Ali Smith
Shipping Out, David Foster Wallace

Worth the Read

The Immortalists, Chloe Benjamin
Warlight, Michael Ondaatje
Memento Park, Mark Sarvas
French Exit, Patrick DeWitt
The Essex Serpent, Sarah Perry
Asymmetry, Lisa Halliday
The Innocent Wife (Red River), Amy Lloyd

Light Reading

The French Girl, Lexie Elliott
Laura and Emma, Kate Greathead
The Ghost Notebooks, Ben Dolnick
Social Creature, Tara Isabella Burton
The Banker’s Wife, Cristina Alger
A Double Life, Flynn Berry

Not So Much

The Only Story, Julian Barnes
Melmoth, Sarah Perry
Mrs., Caitlin Macy
Alternate Side, Anna Quindlen
The Wife Between Us, Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

Ides of November

6″ of snow in Central Park. Heavy and horizontal. While. Bleachers going up for the parade. Hope next Thursday will be clearer. In the meantime, enjoy a Diego Rivera mural as Matt Weiner paints a gorgeous tableau about love. The Romanoff’s in Mexico City. Sweet vignettes. Best one yet.

And. Can easily buy guns and drugs online. Yet. Still can’t figure out how to vote. Sad.

Whining & Opining

Cable So-Called News. It always makes me laugh when I see talking heads’ hair on fire over something Trump did or said. So. Like every minute of the day. Broken record alert! Journalism is dead. Opinion-tainment has replaced reportage. Fake news? More like produced panels with a ranting slant. They each throw in one lame counter-point of view.

Bob Woodward has it right regarding CNN’s Jim Acosta law suit:

“In the news media there has been an emotional reaction to Trump. Too many people for Trump or against Trump have become emotionally unhinged. The remedy isn’t a lawsuit,” he argued. “It’s more serious reporting about what he’s doing.”

Melania Woke

The silent FLOTUS seems to have found her voice. After apparently having taken a laissez-faire approach with Kelly and the West Wing, she’s suddenly speaking out. Calling for the firing of a woman in the NSC. Melania’s requests for promotions for her own staff went ignored for months. So. Something must have happened to set her off with Mira Ricardel. Or. Maybe Melania just finished watching Claire on House of Cards. She and Robin Wright can both rock a Chanel suit.

House of Stereotypes

The final season of House of Cards is a pathetic celebration of stereotypes. With a little ridiculousness added. Claire Hale Underwood. The first woman President schemes to become Vice President before she inherits the job from a complicit murder of Frank Underwood, her President husband. Then she spars with her bff mean-girl rival born of old prep school jealousies. Random. Lame. Finally. She becomes hormonally psychotic in the Oval Office. Even Hillary seems sane compared to this. Sorry feminists. Claire makes you all look so bad! Sad.

Robin Wright v. Diane Lane. The latter better in The Romanoffs.

Tsumaybe?

New boxes of ballots seem to be popping up. Election returns overturning. Recounts. Hanging chads alert!  Either way. The scenario stays the same. Since the Senate will have a majority. Romney’s chance to pave the way to run in 2020 as a swing vote. He can play moral compass and statesman to slide in if Trump is off the table. Everything old is new again.

Meanwhile, what’s Melania wearing in Paris?

Blue Tsunotmi

Mid-terms 2018. Not quite the predicted biggest bluest wave ever. Trump can spin it as a win. Democrat controlled House will make his life as miserable as possible. Schiff is poised to lead non-stop investigations. Maxine takes center stage. But. Speaker Pelosi won’t be able to broker legislation. The Senate will still stymie them all. And continue to approve judges.