Crazies And Villains (A Nationality Predictor)

Crazies And Villains (A Nationality Predictor)

While watching several West Wing episodes again recently, it struck me once more. Remember when President Bartlet's daughter, Zoe, had the French boyfriend? Jean-Paul? He resembled Rafael Nadal. He was obnoxious, filthy rich, snobbish, aristocratic, and did drugs. He was, frankly, a stereotypical upper-class French, early 20s, horror. That led me to recall this: I've [...]

Blockhead On Block Island

Blockhead On Block Island

I sat through the 4th episode of The Affair. He took her to Block Island. Ugh. They've ruined Block Island now, too. You may have already read my reactions to episodes here and here. This post is more of a general take on how it portrays relationships. It's more serious than the earlier ones. I [...]

What Did Montauk Do To Deserve This?

What Did Montauk Do To Deserve This?

It's Friday. Yesterday was "heavy." Let's have some fun. Before you read on, if you missed the earlier post on this subject, you may want to click here. The caveats and essential points are there, in "Part 1." This is "Part 2." At the end of that "Part 1," I promised an update if I [...]

An Affair (Not Yet To Remember)

An Affair (Not Yet To Remember)

You may know I'm rarely critical of most others' writing efforts. That's largely because I readily appreciate how difficult it is to pen fiction. Moreover, I never offer book reviews here because I believe they are best left to any author's truly interested readership or to reviewers/ bloggers who review books regularly. And I've got [...]

Quite A “Sane” Ending

Quite A “Sane” Ending

Having recorded it on Thursday evening (when it was shown here in Britain), last night I finally watched the series finale of Mad Men. I had been studiously avoiding "spoilers" online - something not easy to do when it seemed half of America was tweeting about it when it was broadcast there on May 17. [...]

Showtime

Showtime

Recently, we watched the first episode of The Affair. It's a drama from the U.S. that got fantastic reviews. It stars two British actors pretending to be Americans, and the program revolves around the fact that they are having an, well.... I think the title is rather a giveaway. I'm not sure what I think [...]

Our Reality Is Fragility

Our Reality Is Fragility

Somehow I found myself in an argument over the phone on Wednesday evening with a member of the family in the States with whom I've argued vehemently quite a few times before. I had thought we'd by now put that sort of behavior behind us. Apparently, though, I'd "triggered" something in that individual and all [...]

Various Thoughts: 23 April 2015

Various Thoughts: 23 April 2015

UPDATE 2: 16:50 (4:50 pm) UK time: I see no one jumped at (or so far even reacted at all to) my Periscope idea. So I'll presume the answer's "No"? 😉 As you can also see, given I'm writing this, there has been no ninja attack on my house today.... as of yet. * * [...]

Jane Austen Forever

Jane Austen Forever

The other day I happened to see an Inside the Actors Studio interview with Brad Pitt. Unsurprisingly George Clooney's name came up. Hearing it led me into thinking about Clooney's rise to stardom. You've probably seen the post title already. Stay with me, please. This will all make much better, uh, "sense" (and sensibility?) as [...]

Six Nations

Americans tend to think of the French as soccer players, but rugby is hugely popular also. Last night, England took on Wales in the "Six Nations" tournament. Those battling for the championship includes those two countries, plus Ireland (including Northern Ireland, interestingly), Scotland, Italy, and, of course, France. France has long been something of a [...]

“Don’t look into their eyes! You’ll be turned into stone!”

I don't like to talk U.S. party politics here, really (as you know, it's about writing and expats, etc.); but this is interesting in terms of media. And it this isn't just an Americans' issue. It's also an international one given how U.S. domestic politics can resonate around the world: I don't watch Fox News [...]

“Byron, have you ever been to Warsaw?”

Recuperating, my Dad found The Winds of War mini-series on Netflix. Couldn't resist it. We sat and watched the first two episodes together yesterday afternoon and evening. Based on Herman Wouk's 1971 novel about Americans in Europe before Pearl Harbor and the U.S. entry into World War II, it was shown originally in February 1983. [...]

Mumbling Inn

Our friends at the BBC told us yesterday: Monday's launch episode of new BBC period drama Jamaica Inn sparked more than 100 complaints, after sound issues left viewers struggling to understand what was being said on screen. The three-part adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's novel stars former Downton Abbey star Jessica Brown Findlay. Some viewers [...]