Lists for March 17, 2009

From Deadwood Edition #238

On Deck

...wherein we listen to what Lawrence's movers and shakers are moving and shaking. to.

  1. Neutral Milk Hotel "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea"
  2. NOFX "Pump Up the Valuum"
  3. Coheed and Cambria "Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness"
  4. Blink 182 " The Mark, Tom, and Travis Show (The Enema Strikes Back!)"
  5. Piebald "Accidental Gentlemen"


...wherein local TV connoisseurs intimate what keeps them on their couches.

  1. Deadwod "It's a western series with so many twists and turns I don't even know where to begin. Al Swearingen is the greatest character, the foul mouthed and murderous saloon keeper who always keeps his cool. He's got a lot of goons and you've got to love Wu. I like violence in my television, and 'Deadwood' has plenty of it. The swearing was great, too. Everything about the show was brilliant."
  2. Heroes "It's a show about people with super-powers. I watched 'Superman' and 'Batman' growing up, and those shows were great, but there's something about 'Heroes' that sets it apart from the super-hero genre. It's a little more real. If I had to pick which super-power I'd like to have, I'd prefer the chameleon power. I'd like to vanish and hear what people are saying about me when I'm not around."
  3. KU Basketball "I was sad today after the loss to Baylor. I had to drink a beer before I came to work. My only ritual when watching a game is to have a drink in hand. Usually I go to the Jazz House to watch the KU games, because they have a huge screen, but today I watched it at home. That was nice because I could cry without anyone seeing me, wallowing in my sorrow alone. The team has been looking pathetic the last two weeks. Today killed my expectations for the rest of the tournament, but they're a bunch of freshman and they're only going to get better with time."

Bound Up

Currently reading: "Love and Louis the XIV: The Women in the Life of the Sun King" by Antonia Fraser "It's about Louis the XIV and his mistresses, and how he established the French court to keep the nobles from finding out how much power he was giving himself. I read a lot of stuff about Marie Antoinette, and I wanted to know a little more of the history before she came into power. Sorry, but no one loses their head in this book. It's pretty good, but I have to take breaks from it occasionally. It gets a bit too academic at times and I get bogged down looking at footnotes."

One book everyone should read: "Hannibal" by Thomas Harris "I can't pick just one book to recommend, there are too many, but I did recently lend the Hannibal Lechter series to a friend. 'Hannibal' is probably my favorite out of the bunch. It's the sequel to 'Silence of the Lambs,' where he escapes to Italy and continues to stay in contact with Clarice. There's a crazy millionaire, who Lechter persuaded to cut off and eat his own face, that's trying to kill him. Lechter is portrayed as almost having a compassionate side in this book. I think Hannibal is an interesting character—he kills people for being rude. The ending of the book is much better than the ending in the movie, where Hannibal and Clarice fall in love and live happily ever after. Hannibal has his place in life. As long as people don't mess with that, he won't kill them."