I’m Ba-ack! (to paraphrase the creepy kid from the “Poltergeist” movies). Life caught up on me (or at least the fact that National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is coming in November; I’ve been outlining, character sketching, and other elements of novel planning – which is all still in progress). So, let me sweep some dust around here and on to some STUFF.
Recently had brunch at Miriam, at its Park Slope location.
Friday: dinner at Cafetasia, near NYU. Good Thai and other Asian food. Plus cookies at Insomnia Cookies near NYU (if only we had this when I was at Alma Mater; mmm, warm cookies!).
Saturday: hanging out with friends in NJ; dinner at Old Man Rafferty’s in Hillsborough, NJ; great variety of food.
NY Times talking to author Henry Chang, formerly of Mott Street. When I had read the book “Chinatown Beat,” I had a feeling it was going to be a series; turns out to be exactly the case. Author Chang really did a nice job with the flavor of tension of NYC and culture and generational clashes; looking forward to see what he does with his next book.
Some fascinating Election season stuff:
From the NY Times: What it means to be a “maverick” — for one thing, it means understanding that the Maverick family were a bunch of progressive liberals from Texas.
Too funny (and you don’t have to be a Baby Boomer to enjoy; you just have to be someone who watched massive amounts of tv – and certainly at least “Happy Days”!): Ron Howard as “Opie” and “Richie” joins forces with Andy Griffith and “Fonzie” (Henry Winkler) to tell us to vote and make the right decision. As Fonzie would say, “Ayyy!”
The Presidential debate this past Wednesday night… hmm. I missed the first five minutes and felt pretty lost and then decided that I probably didn’t miss anything in between my late dinner and trying to watch the tv. I mean, really – Joe the Plumber? I don’t know if he made it on Saturday Night Live. Joe the Plumber, Joe Sixpack… am I missing anyone else?
But, I did like the roundtable format. It did get the candidates talking a heck of a lot. I don’t have much of an opinion on Bob Shieffer. He was ok, but I think he could have been just a little more tougher on the candidates. Then again, of all the debates, I liked Jim Lehrer best. He was sooo hopped up on caffeine – energy! You need to have energy to be a moderator!
What would have been cool was if the candidates had been on Charlie Rose’s roundtable. They’d talk endlessly; Charlie would wave at them to stop and let him talk endlessly, and then he’d have to tell his panel to chime in… it’d be kind of hilarious (he’d throw it to Al Hunt from Bloomberg; Mark Halperin of Time; and, of course, Doris Kearns Goodwin in Boston…).
10/16/08: John McCain finally got on David Letterman’s show, after about two weeks of Letterman’s amusing riffs over McCain’s skipping out on him. It was kind of funny, sort of. The priceless part was where, after all that stuff about whether Barack Obama’s associations should be questioned, Letterman of all people brought up the dubious associations of McCain; “Say, weren’t you friends with G. Gordon Liddy?” … I laughed; plus, there was a “plumber” connection too – I’m pretty sure that Liddy was one of the so-called “plumbers” of the Watergate debacle (at least I confirmed it wit a check in the linked Wikipedia article on Liddy). Time’s James Poniewozik had a pretty positive review of the McCain-Letterman interview.