53: Words- The Beatles Legacy

1 Nov

What if The Beatles were just at the right place at the right time? A day in Liverpool touring Beatles legacy makes me wonder whether their meeting and subsequent path to immortality was just happenstance and external events such as Vietnam and President Kennedy’s death only acted to amplify their impact. Worth considering.

A plaque honoring John Lennon's birthplace


53: Words “The Art of Fielding” by Chad Harbach

26 Oct

The Art of Fielding is set against the backdrop of college baseball but has little to do with sports. Reminiscent of Bernard Malamud and Saul Bellow, the tone is cloudy as a Wisconsin autumn afternoon with characters that jump off the page. Seems the best sort of fielding is done without a glove.

The Art of Fielding « Adult Books 4 Teens


Certainly one of the most buzzed-about books of the fall, Chad Harbach’s debut is a generous old-fashioned novel of baseball and literature at a small Wisconsin college. Diane’s review really says it all as far as teen appeal


53: Words “Bad Luck and Trouble”

25 Sep

Reacher. He’s the good guy. Don’t mess with him or his special investigators. In “Bad Luck and Trouble,” the bad guys mess with the investigators and pay the price. Lee Child has a deft hand at furious action, bigger than life characters and even a bit of humor. One of the series’ best.


Bad Luck and Trouble TV trailer

The TV trailer promoting Bad Luck and Trouble by bestselling author Lee Child. http://www.randomhouse.com

53: Words “Up all Night”

25 Sep

It’s rare to find a sitcom with such unlikable characters but NBC’s “Up All Night” pulls it off. Someone needs to hit Maya Rudolph upside the head and exorcise that faux-hip façade. Will Arnett? The Doofus act seems far too real. Christina Applegate? She cannot act. Difficult to believe Lorne Michaels is producer.


Maya Rudolph can identify with ‘Up All Night’ – CNN (blog)


Maya Rudolph can identify with ‘Up All Night’
CNN (blog)
“Bridesmaids” star Maya Rudolph may play a famous daytime talk show host, who knows next to nothing about kids on NBC’s new comedy “Up All Night,” but in reality, she’s an old pro at raising children. “I definitely recognize what Christina [Applegate]
Up All Night with Maya Rudolph and Emily SpiveyDeadbolt
LimeLife Original Interview: Maya Rudolph On ‘SNL’ And Her New Show, ‘Up All LimeLife (blog)
Idiot Box: “Up All Night” on NBCWeekly Alibi
KUAM.com –Hollywood Outbreak –Daemon’s TV
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53: Words- Poland

22 Sep

Smiles and grim determination. Trying to outlive the iron fist with a heads-down determination to the future. Food, culture, modern outlook with a remembrance of the past. Clouds always hover with random rays of sun forcing through. Technology runs alongside rickety ancient streetcars. The world has awakened to its splendor. And there’s vodka.

Warsaw Film Fest


53: Words- “Shelter” by Harlan Coben

22 Sep

Exit Myron, enter Mickey. The first in a new YA series from Harlan Coben, “Shelter” picks up with the rather lame “Live Wire” ended. There are more threads here than in your Egyptian cotton dress shirt and a few either don’t organically hang together. That said, “Shelter” is a fun, fast-paced read.



On sale September 6, 2011. MickeyBolitar.com Facebook.com/MickeyBolitar New from #1 New York Times bestselling author Harlan Coben. Mickey Bolitar’s year can’t get much worse. After witnessing his father’s death and sending his mom to rehab, he is fo…

53: Words- “The Cleaner” by Brett Battles

19 Sep

Quinn is a throwback. He is a cleaner who fixes messes for some top secret governmental agency. He’s a thinking man’s agent but with enough muscle, acumen and derring-do to get his way. “The Cleaner” is the first in the series and while a bit meandering in spots is a pleasing worthwhile thriller.

The Cleaner – Brett, Battles | Louella Bruning

Brett Battles‘ first novel, The Cleaner (2007), introduced recurring character Jonathan Quinn, freelance intelligence operative. Brett Battles (Brett Battles) on Myspace Brett Battles (Brett Battles)’s profile on Myspace

Publish Date: 08/29/2011 8:38



53: Words- Chez Leon, Brussels

16 Sep

Mussels in Brussels. It rhymes and has reason. Chez Leon, a terrific place sits loudly amidst a bunch of pretenders on a twisty touristy street by the Grand Case. Mussels steamed with a sauce of your choosing, a side of frites, a beer and perhaps a salad. Chocolate (real deal) nearby. Perfection.


Mussels in Chéz Leon restaurant

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53: Words – “New Girl”

14 Sep

It’s déjà vu all over again. Zooey Deschanel is Marlo Thomas in a poorly updated “That Girl.” The show is “New Girl” and all that’s missing is Don Hollinger. Zooey moves in with three guys (Marlo never did that!) and is overcoming a breakup. Nothing funny here. Three and out for Fox.

That Girl TV show theme song

Theme song to the classic TV show

53: Words – “Rescue Me”

12 Sep

There’s a thin line between good and bad TV. “Rescue Me” hopscotches that line like a nervous poodle. Last season, I could barely watch …this year (save for a few random moments) it’s been on key. Water out the nose funny; nightmarish sad; politically incorrect. Best drawn characters in memory. Will be missed.

Rescue ME

When the brothers come to work after partying, Tommy has to step in to keep them from hurting themselves