TV: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is back. Tituss Burgess dominates. Maybe too much this season. House of Cards. Needs two views. After second watch, some of the plot and character deficits are filled in better. But. Still. Uneven writing this year. Frank & Claire remain compelling. Speaking of Kevin Spacey. Fun host of the otherwise lackluster Tony’s.
Book Treks. 2011 – 2017. ** Favorites. ! Liked A Lot. # Worth the Read.
This summer try The Honeymoon about George Eliot, The Last Painting of Sara De Vos, The Woman on the Stairs, A Gentleman in Moscow, Swans of Fifth Avenue, Paley’s & Capote.
Serving ImPeachMint Cocktails at the Dakota Bar. Carl Bernstein is donning his Watergate Cap on CNN. Gloria Borger and Jeffrey Toobin in cheerleader outfits shaking pom poms. Wolf breathlessly skipping around yelling “bombshell” “bombshell” “breaking news”!!!!
Is it obstruction week or infrastructure week? Trump has his hand on the tweeter. Ten minutes until showtime. Ready for Hype Gate. Let’s go.
House of Cards is back. Yay! Since we last left President Frank Underwood there has been a real election. And somebody even worse than Frank has won. Or does he make even The Donald look good? Does Claire? We’ll see. Ready for a binge-fest.
What would be a House of Trump fantasy plot? The Cabinet which consists of generales and consiglieres resigns after Melissa McCarthy announces at her press briefing that Trump is declaring war on Germans who still look like “nah-zees”. Mattis & McMaster mount a military coup. They deport the Donald to Russia to build concrete condos for Putin & Co. Pence joins Church of Scientology and Karen goes missing. The Donald’s current and former wives whose names end in the letter “A” create a pink pussy coif coven. Don Jr. & Eric retreat to a big-game hunt in Africa and are eaten by hyenas. Jared & Ivanka hightail it to Southeast Asia to make cheap shoes. Tiffany heads off to law school after she puts covfefe in Barron’s Cocoa Puffs.
The Night Ocean, by Paul La Farge. I’m not sure. It kept me rapt. Author clearly had lots of things to work through. Personally. Maybe. Literarily many unfinished stories found their way into this dense work. Sprawling disjointed tales of several complex people in different times and places. Spaces. Told from a woman’s point of view, Marina the shrink, working out her own issues. The author gave her an authentic voice. It begins as her husband Charlie disappears into Agawam Lake in the Berkshires. H.S. Lovecraftian fandom less clear. More context necessary for those not acquainted with this cult of science-fiction-horror genre. Nonetheless. Worth the meandering page-turning journey. Lots to think about. La Farge’s New Yorker view.
Speaking of mind-bending. Twin Peaks so far is a self-indulgent David Lynchian acid trip with no redeeming plot value. Vomitaceous. Literally.
Twin Peaks returns. As Laura Palmer predicted- 25 years later. Reviews of this Showtime reboot focus on plot. Not. This is David Lynch. It’s an experiential acid trip. Don’t look for coherent characters or storylines here. Some of the original cast is marginally recognizable decades hence. Madchen Amick still beautiful. Kyle looks like Agent Cooper, if a darker evil twin. Grace Zabriskie and Ray Wise remain familiar and dysfunctional. Hope we get more Fargo diner scenes with cherry pie and fewer arms on trees in the ‘dark lodge’ if you know what I mean.
For my money. The weekend winner was HBO‘s The Wizard of Lies. DeNiro as Bernie Madoff is perfection. Chilling and plausibly written.
Kentucky Derby. McCraken – Win. Always Dreaming- Place. Gunnevera – Show. En France. Macron and his beautiful 64-year old wife best Marine’s poison Le Pen. Finish. The Last Painting of Sara De Vos by Dominic Smith. Definitely not. Adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s Handmaid’s Tale with Elizabeth Moss. Yes to Veal Piccata with Cavatelli.
Soap opera awards. Daytime Emmys. Didn’t even realize they were yesterday. Who won? Who cares? There’s more drama in real life morning television. Just a few blocks from here, Kelly announced new co-host Ryan Seacrest as Megyn Kelly threatens to compete against her Live!. Or. Kathie Lee might become her Today rival time-slot. Just as Ripa’s jilter-in-chief Michael Strahan’s new gig GMA gets the nod for best morning show. And. Seacrest just oversaw Megyn Kelly’s interview with his production company’s Kardashian clan. Can a soap beat that?
While all of this was unfolding, GMA‘s nemesis CBS This Morning was making headlines live from the White House as Diva-in-Chief kicked Dickerson out for asking about Obama.
Oh and the big eyuuu. Morning Joe‘s Mika & Joe are off on “vacation”. Together. After an on-air dust-up. Yup. No need to watch fiction any more. Outside by 10am.