Category Archives: books

I’ve been reading a lot as usual.  People ask where do I get the time.  Well, if you awoke at between 3 and 4 a.m. every morning, you too would have time to read.  Alas (oh, I am old fashioned) I would rather be sleeping than reading, but it just doesn’t work that way.

Much of what I’ve read in the last month or so is really not worth describing.  However, one little book does stand out.  A Wild Swan and other tales by Michael Cunningham is a series of short stories in which Cunningham updates various fairy tales and other folk tales that are familiar to us.  For instance, we learn that the real Rumpelstiltskin was not such a bad guy after all.  We learn that he was just a very lonely dwarf who wanted a child.  There’s also a take on The Monkey’s Paw which gives us a rather different view of the events in that story.  Some of the tales are hilarious, some ironic and all are interesting.  The chapters are short (there are 13 in a book of less than 200 pages!) and well worth reading.

I did read Louise Penney’s latest thriller set in the bucolic town of Three Pines, and enjoyed it more than her previous novel.  This one is rather darker than previous writing, but the setting is great and I do love the fact that they are always eating and drinking coffee.  How do I get inside that story?  LOL.

I signed up for Next Issue – there was a special on and it was cheap.  It came with a free subscription to “Shomi” and so I’ve watched a couple of programs.  Of main interest was “The Twilight Zone” which is re-produced by Shomi in its entirety from 1959 onwards.  The programs really have stood the test of time well.  But of even greater interest is some of the actors who starred in series.  There was one wonderful production starring Ida Lupino as a fading actress (in 1959, no less) and other actors – Ed Wynn, Burgess Meredith, Nehemiah Persoff, to name just a few.

If you read this blog, I hope you’ll get back to me so that we can have a discussion.