Damn it all. Damn Nick Hornby. I’ve just finished reading his second collection of reviews from The Believer magazine, Housekeeping Vs. The Dirt, and my reading list has grown again from his recommendations. If you like your free time to be available for watching television, then don’t read this book. If however you love reading and want to read about someone else’s love of reading, then by all means sign up for Hornby’s book. And maybe watch a bit of TV in the meantime so you don’t become a complete fool at the water cooler.
Speaking of, I am now one of the Kool-Aid drinkers when it comes to The Wire. Netflix has been delivering Season 1 for me, and I can now safely say that it is perhaps the best television show I’ve ever seen. Again, if you like your free time to be filled with meaningless television, or with very intellectual shows which, you know, actually aren’t intellectual but dress the part, then don’t watch The Wire.
This video on YouTube is the scene which convinced me that I was watching brilliance (don’t click on it at work, for it has pictures of a dead naked woman and a several minute long conversation between two homicide detectives that consist of only F-bomb variations, where tone and inflection get across the actual meaning). If this scene doesn’t convince you, then I can do nothing for you but prescribe more of Deal or No Deal for your viewing habits.
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