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  1. Long work hours. I fell asleep halfway through the first watch. I had to watch the last half. Decent film but pales in comparison to the novel. The characters in the novel were truly dark and depraved, especially Carl and Sandy. One detail of the novel I wish was included in the film: I did appreciate Donald Ray Pollock narrating the film.
  2. That's my plan after work tomorrow. The film will have to be pretty dark to match Donald Ray Pollock's novel.
  3. I finally watched Jo Jo Rabbit. Good film. The first 20 minutes or so were hilarious. I saw Say It Isn't So was on one of the in-demand channels. I was so tempted to watch that film instead of Jo Jo Rabbit. I loaned my dvd copy of Say It Isn't So about 10 years ago and never got it back. That fucker! That film is hilarious.
  4. I read Roger M. Utley's Lone Star Justice: The First Century of The Texas Rangers. Cuts through the mythology of the Rangers. I'm glad I chose this over Webb's and Fehrenbach's works on the Rangers. Now looking for something light before I pick up The Trouble with Peace on Sep 15.
  5. Since it's been mentioned above, I just watched an interview on the F&F franchise:
  6. I finished David Laskin's The Long Way Home, following the experiences of several immigrants fighting for the USA in WW1. Interesting reading of their return to Europe after having emigrated to the US at the turn of the 20th C.
  7. "Say one thing for Logen Ninefingers, say he's a lover."
  8. Something to digest, the actress playing Willie is Kate Capshaw, Steven Spielberg's wife. They first met on the set on Temple of Doom and later married. Seems odd knowing that now and watching the film. I just have to mention the fantastic sound effects in this trilogy. I love all of the fistfights and could juts close my eyes and listen to them. Completely unrealistic, but I love them nevertheless.
  9. Finished Stefan Zweig's memoirs of the turbulent early 20th C., The World of Yesterday. It's both interesting and terrifying reading first-hand accounts of such tragic times.
  10. I forgot how much I enjoyed that first novel while watching s1. The mood was perfectly captured in the series. I'm enjoying this second season so far. I'll have to bump Angel of Darkness up on my TBR list. I finished s3 of Norsemen, and while still funny, it was a light step down from seasons 1 and 2. I am still laughing thinking about Jarl Varg, though. How he became the man he is now.
  11. Have your read the novels by Caleb Carr? I only read the first, The Alienist, and loved it. The setting is also a big draw for me. I picked up Rick Zacks's Island of Vice: Theodore Roosevelt's Quest to Clean Up Sin-Loving New York to learn more about New York at this time. Highly recommended.
  12. I'm behind a few episodes of Perry Mason. I need to catch up. I'm trying to find time to watch s2 of The Alienist and, more pressing, s3 of Norsemen , which hits Netflix today.
  13. You should try Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park.
  14. Finished Barkskins. It really seemed to be more set up for future seasons. It was decent but my judgment is probably clouded by my interest in the setting. I thought that was Eric Schweig playing the Iroquois chief. Also slowly making my way through Dark. I forgot so much from the first two seasons.
  15. Anne F Hyde's Empires, Nations, Families: A History of the North American West, 1800-1860. Interesting approach and focus to that period of American history. Viewing it through various families and the trade relationships they established in, primarily, the fur trade.
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