Anyone Feel Blog Fatigue? and Other Reviews

Well, I’m off to Chicago to visit a friend this morning. I will be there until Sunday, sans computer, so I’ll see you when I get back. I’m driving and it takes a few hours to get there. I’m not a big fan of driving and wish I had an audio book that I haven’t listened to already. The last one I listened to The Life of Pi by Yan Martel (narrated by Yan as well) was so good I’m spoiled. I’m reading Nelson DeMille’s Wildfire right now and love it as I love all his John Corey novels. I’m also reading Stephen King’s Lisey’s Story, and while I own everything Stephen King/Richard Bachman has ever written, I’m beginning to sour on my love affair with his writing. Frankly the last good book he ever wrote was Bag of Bones and that was a long time coming. He seems to have peaked ages ago. His early period, culminating in The Stand were the best work he’s ever done. Anyway, I’m trying to get through Lisey’s Story but I get the sneaking feeling this book has been done by King already. Shades of Secret Window, Secret Garden and The Dark Half. I’ve read enough King to know he’s beginning to repeat himself and has almost become his own cliche in Lisey’s Story. Besides in the novelist world, “there’s nothing new under the sun” and this one isn’t new.

Lately, I haven’t felt like blogging. Maybe it’s because I’ve been on vacation and don’t sit in front of my computer all day long at work. When that happens, it seems like you have your finger on the pulse of society. News, stories, blogs, are all right in front of you all the time. For the last two weeks, I’ve been kind of detoxing from all that as well. Haven’t had much to say. Don’t really have an opinion on things. My creativity is taking a back seat to medical concerns and resting the old noggin. I’ve also noticed that the more on-line time I invest the less I read. I used to read a novel a week or so. Now, I’m doing good to get through one every 6 months, unless it’s a good one, like DeMille’s. I’ve become much more discriminating in what I’m willing to spend my time on.

The hubby and I watched Mad Men last night on the nearly defunct AMC channel.  I hear the same writers as The Sopranos have their finger in this pie. I only saw half an episode, but it’s worth a TiVo.  Set in the 60s world of advertising, it’s decidedly different than the other cookie-cutter fare on television. (I mean really, can we NOT come up with anything interesting in the summer???) This may solve that. The look at working women in that era is enlightening! Brother, we have come a long way. The look is slick and period-true. I think it’ll be big.

I’ve already set it up on the TiVo for Thursday nights at 9:00 p.m. (Central) There really isn’t anything else on except The Closer. Monday night’s episode “Dumb Luck” was one of the funniest I’ve seen. These people can really do comedy well. Drama, they can do too, but the episode before last, the drama was a bit much. A child molester was harangued, beaten, and left in interrogation for hours. Nothing funny about that episode. I’m all for child molesters getting a good beating by the LAPD, but this bordered on “shall we use this episode to get me an Emmy” uselessness as far as furthering the story (what story?). I prefer the funny episodes.

 

We also watched Apocalypto the other night and while I was not sure I would like the movie, I must say after it was finished, I was impressed as hell with Mel Gibson’s ability to envision a film. It was bloody and violent, but true to history. I did not see Passion of the Christ. I prefer not to engage in that kind of imagination when it comes to the Jesus story, but Apocalypto was so vividly staged and excellently acted, it rates right up there with Black Robe or The Mission. Protests against supposedly “revisionist” history in the making of the film are silly. Everyone, including feminists, would like to think that their society was perfectly peaceful and non-violent before white men came along. That’s a lot of hooey and revisionist as well. All people are and were violent whether they practiced warfare or not, including Native American tribes, pre-Columbus America, and any other “primitive” race. Humans are humans after all. There is no such thing as a peaceful human society. It never existed, except in our Utopian imaginations.

Well, I’ve got to go pack for my trip……

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5 thoughts on “Anyone Feel Blog Fatigue? and Other Reviews

  1. Hope you have a great time, safe drive.

    When I was on holidays with hubby for 3 weeks I was able to turn my focus away from computer time as well. I loved it. Now I want to blog again but my brain is stalled a bit.

    Listen, your health is important. Take this time for you. Just breathe. (((Moi)))

  2. Zoe,
    Thanks Zoe! I’m beginning to realize that time away from blogging is GOOD. Time to get perspective. Enter the land of the living rather than the “virtual living.” 🙂

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