Throwback Thursday: Chanel No. 5 Commercial

I learned that Catherine Deneuve is a great actress by watching one of her better films.  I don’t recall the title of the movie, but the substance stayed with me. Darned if I can remember how Chanel No. 5 smells.  Sadly, people in the U.S. will remember Catherine Deneuve for the 1970s-era perfume commercials.  They were elegant, but they didn’t reflect her talent. Note: I looked online and confirmed that Catherine Deneuve is still with us.  This is not a memorial. Continue reading Throwback Thursday: Chanel No. 5 Commercial

Book Review: So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed By Jon Ronson Nonfiction Penguin Hardcover Copyright 2015 $27.95 ISBN-13:  978-1-59448-713-2 It’s amazing how the current GOP Presidential Primary candidates don’t seem to notice when they’re publicly shamed.  Some people have an easy way to avert that trauma.  If they don’t feel shame in the first place, they’re all set.  They might accuse the media of unfair harassment, but they won’t feel like dirt themselves.  Most of us look at the GIFs of sad clown performances by Donald Trump, et al, and feel grateful we aren’t the types to get into jams like that. Or … Continue reading Book Review: So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson

Let’s Show A Little Class For A Change. It’s Good Strategy.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia passed away unexpectedly yesterday (Saturday). Maybe I’d better clarify something right away, to avoid giving the wrong impression.  I was not one of Justice Scalia’s supporters.  I believe his views were motivated by hate, and he may have had a mental illness which should have precluded practicing law in the first place. I don’t like to speak ill of the dead.  Unless people have to be alerted to something important, saying bad things about a person who can no longer defend himself is pointless.  It can also blow up in your face, which I’ll … Continue reading Let’s Show A Little Class For A Change. It’s Good Strategy.

Book Review: Talk Talk by T. C. Boyle

Talk Talk By T. C. Boyle Penguin Paperback Copyright 2006 ISBN-13:  9780143112150 $15.00 If you’re interested in fine fiction about the distance between people and aren’t tempted to reread Silas Marner, I recommend the 2006 novel Talk Talk by T. C. Boyle. “Identity Theft” is one of the topics listed in the cataloguing information for this book.  While identity theft is a central theme, the story is more than a suspense novel.  On different levels, T. C. Boyle encourages readers to consider the ways we relate to others and view ourselves. This is the first book by Mr. Boyle I’ve read.  He … Continue reading Book Review: Talk Talk by T. C. Boyle

Waiting For More Rain (Samuel Beckett Edition?)

Recently, when the California drought broke after several years, many of us had a sense of relief.  The rainfall was extreme, though, and we didn’t know what to expect next. I don’t recall how many days have passed since the last rain fell in the Bay Area.  The weather was mild on Super Bowl Sunday, which was good for everyone at the stadium. Today, if feels as if spring has arrived early.  We haven’t had enough rain for a full winter season, though, and if we’re using our heads we should hope the weather gets a bit gloomier by next … Continue reading Waiting For More Rain (Samuel Beckett Edition?)