Onto other topics. I am reading a book C.I. recommended.
She and Ava are thinking of doing something on it at Third, pairing it with another book. The one recommended, they love. The other one? Not so much.
Shirley MacLaine is, of course, one of my favorite actresses. She's also a nice person in real life who is funny, to the point and always questioning.
So I am really enjoying I'm Over All That And Other Confessions, her newest book.
I do not believe in reincarnation. I don't attack those who do. But I found Shirley's writing on the subject fascinating. I read all of her books on the subject and enjoyed them as much as I did Don't Fall Off The Mountain. She's a real writer, genuinely talented, genuinely capable of holding your interest. So it's a joy to read her on any subject.
This latest book? I'm only on page 91 but I love it.
When I finish, I'll share more but right now I'll just implore you to pick it up. It's fascinating.
One thing I'll toss out for right now, not book related, Shirley related. Why hasn't anyone paired Shirley and Ellyn Burstyn in a film yet? They've both worked with some of the same actors (Ann Bancroft, for example) but they've never worked together. They have so many shared interests and they're two strong actresses. C.I. and I were talking about that Friday.
"TV: The never ending rut" (Ava and C.I., The Third Estate Sunday Review):
They had other things to address. Like, in the words of Yochi Dreazen, "the war that dare not speak its name." The Libyan War for those scratching their heads. The Libyan War translated, on The Diane Rehm Show, as a discussion -- Well, not a discussion.
More like the verbal equivalent of the slam books you passed around in middle school of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and the letter he sent US President Barack Obama. They thought they were comic geniuses as they ridiculed Gaddafi for "mispelling" Barack's name. Jeffrey Goldberg joined in the hilarity by declaring, "I think, according to Gaddafi, his name is Baraka Hussein Obamama, or something like that according to the latest letter. This is, I mean, if we needed proof that Muammar Gaddafi is a completely unhinged characer who lives in his -- obvious -- a world of his own creation, this is it." After the hilarity died down, Nadia Bilbassy would quietly slip in that the name "was not a mispelling or a grammatical mistake" but was "the Arabic translation to his name."
That's The Diane Rehm Show for you, facts never prevent any cheap laughs.
And that's the state of TV today. For truth, you either have to be there in person or go to YouTube because TV struggles to deliver it. Not only that, but it can't even handle the basics like a sitcom which provides laughs or public affairs programming (Democracy Now! airs on radio and TV) that provides needed information. Dumbing down of our culture is something that took place long ago and doesn't begin to describe the intentional misdirection the media now serves up.
This is a really strong piece that Ava and C.I. hate so much they've sworn they will never, not 20 years from now, read this. They're lousy judges of their own work, this is a great article.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):