Winter Weekend Treats

The Luminaries. Eleanor Catton’s Man Booker winner. Period piece set in New Zealand during its 1860’s gold rush. That was not the lure. Yet, once I read the first few paragraphs, I was hooked. Do you usually skim the descriptive passages? Not here. 13 men form a coalition of truth. 3 women matter. They all resonate. An historical magical mystery tour. Life as astrological illusion. *****

Blue Jasmine. Not a Woody Allen fan. This was a gem. Ensemble tour de force. Great writing rules. See above.

Luminating

Having just finished Sphere Within A Sphere, Part I of Eleanor Catton’s ghost novel The Luminaries, noticed it all took place on January 27, 1866. Hmmm.

Last night’s Grammy’s short on talent, long on production values. Melody and lyrics as backdrop to acrobatics and gyrating dances. Daft Punk’s Pharrell donned the sorting hat. Geezers should rest on their laurels.

Downton took on a peculiar tone. Mrs. Hughes acts out of character to an unholy portend. Grand dames reluctantly role model a sweet détente. Unsettling undercurrents rustle through the Abbey.

Funniest thing. Regis and Terry in a souper-bowl eating contest. Crowd Goes Wild. Bradshaw’s prevailing bet is 38 Omahas and a Seahawks win.