Recalling Old “Friends”

Recalling Old “Friends”

Don't think we did not joke about this back then ourselves: Living as I did then in a New York City suburb, I recall my "friends" and I even then laughing about the absurd size of the characters' Manhattan apartments...

Good Viewing(s)

Good Viewing(s)

My last post criticized some recent television programs. We all could do that. It is easy to pick things apart, of course. So I will stick my neck out here. What would I consider some good recent programs?

“Charité at War”

“Charité at War”

I was particularly drawn to it because being a German-made production about the Second World War, it is rare for rather obvious reasons.

A “Succession” Of Horrors

A “Succession” Of Horrors

I should probably have better anticipated what was coming here. Within moments I could not but think that Succession is based on the Murdoch clan crossed with the Trumps.

Welcome To The United Kingdom, Meghan (Repost)

Welcome To The United Kingdom, Meghan (Repost)

Appropriate today, I think for a "repost." Aside from the very end, I originally posted what follows on November 28, 2017...

“My wife is going to read this…”

“My wife is going to read this…”

I have learned over the years that writing "sex" is tremendously difficult. The fundamental problem is trying to put sex into words: I write such scenes over and over...

My Novels, My Characters, My Business

My Novels, My Characters, My Business

You may know I try mostly to keep a relaxed tone here. I'm not interested in being contentious. However, there are times when even a romance-history-fiction novelist has to speak up on suggested public policy initiatives and plant a flag, and I apologize in advance. Back on Sunday night, the TV Baftas here in Britain [...]

Little Big Annoyances

Little Big Annoyances

Yesterday, we watched the first two episodes of Big Little Lies starring Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman: Within moments as the first episode opened, this program felt gratingly familiar. If you are new here, you might have missed where I explained (wow, almost 2 years ago now) how The Affair that was not exactly my [...]

Viewed From This England

Viewed From This England

We've been watching the political-melodrama U.S. TV series Madam Secretary. But you don't need to know the details of the program to get this post. I thought I'd use it as a basis for some "fun" today - it's Friday - mostly due to the episode we just saw and because, as you probably know, [...]

Victoria Again Reigns

Victoria Again Reigns

Have you been watching Victoria? We set up to record it before we went off to France. We came home to find the first three episodes happily awaiting viewing. I know I'm a bit behind, but we should be caught up this week. We watched the first episode last night. Based on its reviews and [...]

Starring Not That Louis

Starring Not That Louis

Caught up in writing and other life matters, I had somehow totally missed promos for this new BBC series. I learned of its existence only last night just after the opening episode was underway on BBC 2. So I didn't see it: I had just gotten back from Luton Airport with the Mrs when I [...]

It’s Not Just About Enjoying “Downton Abbey”

It’s Not Just About Enjoying “Downton Abbey”

The other day, we had a vital Amazon delivery: It arrived while I had been doing bits of work around the house. My London-born wife was out. That's one of her preferred teas here in the U.S. Later that same day, she joined me in watching a DVD she'd bought me for Christmas: A&E's film [...]

Talking With The Cast

Talking With The Cast

The other night Sir Bruce Forsyth was a guest on the BBC's One Show. He has been best known most recently as host of the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing. The U.S. version is Dancing With The Stars. Within moments, it became clear why he was on the program. He has a book out about his [...]

An NFL Team In London?

An NFL Team In London?

My novelist uncle in Rhode Island was messaging me again yesterday. It wasn't about writing or books, which I actually find useful. This time is was about the NFL's New York Jets playing at London's Wembley Stadium this weekend. Are they? I had no idea. Regardless, he should be writing his next book (I'm still [...]

USA Eagles In The Rugby World Cup 2015

USA Eagles In The Rugby World Cup 2015

The USA Eagles are 2500-1 underdogs to win the Rugby World Cup 2015. So what? Only 20 countries play in the final tournament - which is being held here in England this year. If this is all new to you, here is a USA Eagles preview by the Guardian's excellent rugby writer, Martin Pengelly: Their [...]