Wednesday, October 11, 2006

At Sacred Heart, I was taught how to be a better citizen because of their focus on discipline and moral values. - Mark Foley

From the extremely entertaining and insightful Gary Kamiya, of Kids are an extremely irritating miracle. So parents are constantly tacking back and forth between the far shore, a place of sublime light and Turneresque shadow, and the near, a plastic wasteland adorned with broken Happy Meal toys. Hence the peculiar expression, simultaneously blissed out and pissed off, to be observed on the faces of so many parents.


What I am reading, or planning to read (Or, "What Books Are Sitting on my Nightstand"):

When Madeline Was Young - Jane Hamilton. The premise of this book is that the mentally handicapped sibling of the narrator is actually his father’s first wife, irreversibly injured in a bicycle accident. Beautifully written, great character studies.
The Guy Not Taken - Jennifer Weiner. The dependable Weiner does it again. Some of these stories are best viewed as preliminary studies for her later books, but that doesn’t diminish their enjoyment.
Anybody Out There? - Marian Keyes. I am hoping the same may be said of the usually dependable Keyes; we’ll see, when I have time to get to this book.
The Mermaid Chair - Sue Monk Kidd. I may have been the last person on the planet to have read Kidd’s Secret life of Bees which I did like but found very similar to Ann Patchett’s Patron Saint of Liars, as I have discussed before. So I thought perhaps I would not be the last person on the planet to read her second novel, although I have not heard much compelling about it.
Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons - Lorna Landvik. Is this book the basis for the TV series “Desperate Housewives”? It certainly sounds like it, from the flap copy. It also sounds very entertaining – dark but humorous.
Faster! I'm Starving - Kevin Mills and Nancy Mills. How many times have you been suckered in by those books claiming to have recipes for “thirty-minute meals” only to find that it takes thirty minutes IF you happen to have homemade duck confit or from-scratch beef stock on hand? Countless times, for me. This doesn’t look to be one of those books. Some of the recipes look downright yummy, and I thought I’d give it a shot because frankly I am sick of everything I cook right now.
Theft: A Love Story - Peter Carey. This is next up, even if my friend The Rogue Librarian DECEIVED ME. Ahem. He has NOT read this, but he damn well better now, so he can discuss it with me.
Myrtle of Willendorf - Rebecca O’Connell. I actually finished this Sunday night. The plotting is a bit superficial, as many YA books tend to be, but I enjoyed how real the characters are, and how unhomogenized and unwhitewashed their typical late-adolescent behavior is. Rebecca, I hope you’re working on another book!


I went into the boys’ room this morning to put clean sheets on their beds, and what did I walk into but this…THIS…disgusting display of immorality, under the Bob the Builder comforter.!!!

Really, thank God neither was SMOKING A CIGARETTE! Although I was pruriently interested to learn that the decidedly revolting-looking Mimi has enough prowess to make at least ONE of Ghostie’s eyes pop out of his head.

What’s even more disturbing than this flagrant display of vulgarity is that Thomas the Tank Engine and the beaver seem to be LOOKING ON.

At least Pooh Bear has some shame – he can’t even LOOK.
That’s right, Pooh Bear, you’d better hang your head!

Former Rep. Mark Foley would feel right at home. Gah! Although I am not sure how Ghostie would text-message, without fingers or opposable thumbs….


MsCellania said...

Oh I am SO out of the latest GOP (Gobs of Putzes?) fiascos: Is Foley claiming his Catholic school upbringing had a hand (ha ha ha) in his perverse behavior? Ever. The. Victim. Oh never mind.
And I, too, have been sucker punched by those 'fling it on the table in 30 mins' cookbooks. Then I tried crock pot cookery "Fix It and Forget it" - everything tastes the same! And I forgot that the children won't eat foods that are touching each other, so that made casseroles pretty much DESPISED. But fun to watch them try - just try, mister - to pick that chicken out of those mushy vegetables! HA! I knew you couldn't do it.
You know what's worse than hearing "I DON"T YIKE THIS!" at the dinner table? SOBBING! Heart-wrenching sobs! With little heads laid upon the table.
And I don't know, but I think possibly Pooh bear is doing something unmentionable with the foot of that other fellow...

BabelBabe said...

MsCell! THAT is George the giant elephant, a staunch Republican and so above those sorts of naughty hijinks.

I have never had my children sob at the table -- yet. Oh goodie, something else to look forward to!

Katy said...

I read The Mermaid Chair on vacation. It starts fast, plateaus, actually slows down, picks up and then drops you right where you didn't expect it to end. That is the story arc for you.

I look forward to hearing how the Mills cookbook is. I have Help! My Apartment has a Kitchen, and I should probably consult it more often.

Anonymous said...

Is that a Chuckie doll on the bed? Oh my God.

Sarah Louise said...

There is no book from which came Desperate Housewives (I saw the writer/creator on the Ellen show) --but Angry Housewives eating bonbons is an amazing book. I read it at the lake this summer and it convinced me again that I want my own book in the library (as in, it inspired me to write...)

Gina said...

That picture of Mimi and Ghostie makes me happier than it should. Maybe I'm inspired to think that if she can find love, I can too. :-)

Kathy said...

I also liked Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons. I'm currently looking for Nick Hornby's Housekeeping vs the Dirt which bb reviewed on these pages, but I can't find it. I guess I'm going to have to order it.

Amy said...

Oh my gosh, the pictures are so funny!! Thanks for sharing those!

Caro said...

Go Mimi!

yt said...

I liked Angry Housewives and it inspired me to wish, once again, that I had a book club.

One of the columnists at wrote a defense of Rachel Ray but confessed that even with the best planning it took him 84 minutes to replicate one of her 30 minute meals.

Suse said...

Can't comment.

Too shocked at the mix n' match combination of Thomas the Tank Engine together with Bob the Builder. Flagrant breaking of the Decorating Rules.

Must send you Vogue Living or Martha Stewart magazines pronto.