Autumn Crisp

Farm fresh tart apples from Upstate. In a flaky crust. Clean crisp air. Parades on Fifth Avenue. Yep. It’s Fall in the City.

Won’t spoil anything about Season Finale of Succession. Except to say it was perfect. The Politician on Netflix a quirky Falchuk-Paltrow vanity piece. Yet. Worth it for Ben Platt’s version of Joni Mitchell’s River.

Ann Patchett’s new novel The Dutch House a pretty good read. Her narrator Danny a bit flat. Guessing Margaret Atwood’s sequel will win the Man Booker prize. Find out at 4:30.   Half right.

In other rumors. If Biden out. Bloomberg in.

Worse Than Watergate!

Trump corruption. Worse than Watergate!

Carl Bernstein says so. Every night. On CNN. Then. Anderson Cooper asks him if he really really thinks it is worse than Watergate. And. He says so again. Then. Gloria Borger and David Gergen wax poetic about Carl’s investigative journalism a hundred years ago. When they were in their 20’s. Ah. Yes. They remember it well. The good old days of Deep Throat. And. Just for good measure. There’s a segment with Chris Cuomo and John Dean. Yup. You guessed it. Watergate.

If only we could bring back Robert Redford & Dustin Hoffman.

Refuge

How to get away from impeachment overload? Dive into a meandering tale along the Thames.   Once Upon A River  by Diane Setterfield

Where does Dr. Husband go to escape the book club discussion on a rainy day? 

Museum of Natural History. 

Of course.

 

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Emmy’s. Favorite wins. Phoebe Waller-Bridge & Fleabag. Peter Dinklage & Game of Thrones. Alex Borstein. Bill Hader. Ben Whishaw. Jesse Armstrong, writer of Succession. Most favorite. Jodie Comer of Killing Eve. Happy Nominated. Schitt’s Creek. Most annoying. John Oliver. Stupidest. Kardashians saying reality tv is real.

On Succession. Those poor Roy kids. Ruthless father. Disinterested mother. And. Marcia will be the key. Woman scorned. Never good.

NY Giants. Daniel Jones. Yay.

Autumnal March

A lot can happen when you leave the City for a few days. Scaffolding gets erected. More of it everywhere every day. Leaves become etched with tinges of yellow. And on September 18th, the Upper West Side lost an independent 94-year old woman of substance. One who even wrote her own obit, “She was a Bronze Life Master in bridge, an avid reader and an incredibly talented writer… those who knew her loved her, those who didn’t missed out.”   True.  Adieu, Betsey Strahl Levine.

Elsewhere. Kids are let out of school to raise awareness and motivate action on Climate Change. As people gather in Nevada to investigate what really goes on at Area 51. Art Bell will surely be found there.

Yes. Life marches on. But the world will never be quite the same.

Monday Grind

Rafa Nadal brilliantly battled out a 5-set grunting grind against Russia’s relentless Steely Dan Medvedev. A match for the ages.

U.S. Open has a new Queen. Romanian Canadian Anrdreescu. Serena slayer. Prez Trudeau sent congrats. While Meghan ditched her royal duties for a friend. Fashion week should rethink purple rain. Anna.

Logan Roy quotes Shakespeare to Cherry Jones. “Just Take the Money”.  The kids are not all right. Marcia goes rogue. Cousin Gregory rising.

Mark Sanford announces he’ll run against Trump for the Republican nom. He’ll focus on ethics and honesty in the party? That’s rich. Biden couldn’t muster a crowd at New Hampshire’s Dem convention. While Warren’s appearance filled a rowdy arena. Iowa & New Hampshire don’t seem to be going Joe’s way. But. Hey. There’s always Delaware.

For a belly laugh. Conan Without Borders in Greenland. Hilarious. Also his trip with sidekick to Italy and Japan. Bourdain-esque with lots of funny. ABC’s Sunday Rahm & Christie show continues to entertain.

Yankees won. Giants lost. Niners won. Pats. Duh. As NFL’s contracts get fatter, injured list gets longer. Good Luck!

Toxic Feminism

Trigger warning. Bill Maher had an enlightening discussion with Christina Hoff Sommers on Real Time. She’s written that feminism has become a toxic brew of misandry and women’s self-victimization as cowering snowflakes afraid to be in mixed society.

#MeToo’s backlash an offshoot of such thinking. It is rare that Sommers can speak on college campuses any more. As a contemporary from the ’70’s, we were part of a wave of feminists who wanted equality. That has morphed into a crazy man-hating cult.