September 10th, 2009


People and Books

Most of the time I can be found sitting in a movie, theater, or concert audience, reading a book, or doing puzzles. There's too much recent activity to put in one post, so I'll split it.

Human contact:

Once in a while, I interact with other humans.

I'm not supposed to talk about it, but most people know I worked for a game show from 1999-2004 (and it was in the credits, so how could it be a secret?). And another game show in 2007 with pretty much the same people.

In honor of the 10th anniversary, there was a reunion party recently at an Upper West Side bar. This included production people (as opposed to writing/research) I never knew anyway, as well as more recent staff I didn't know. But there were also lots of people I did know, and it was great to see them again. Many of us are Facebook friends, which keeps us in touch in a way we couldn't imagine in 1999.

I had lunch with some puzzle people last week, and actually solved puzzles with other puzzle people on Labor Day. Although Zebra Boy's extravaganza came out Saturday, we met Monday and got through the first part, but petered out during the second. Still fun.


These were both from Visual Bookshelf's equivalent to the Library Thing Early Readers' Program.

"My Sister's Ex" by Cydney Rax - Marlene takes up with her half sister (and roommate) Rachel's ex-fiancee Jeff, throwing their close-knit Houston family into turmoil. Turns out the sisters' mothers went through a similar situation with their father Blinky back in the day. The characters - family and friends - were depicted as warm and human, and I wouldn't mind reading about them again.

"Evil at Heart" by Chelsea Cain - I haven't read the other books in this series, but that was not a problem; I felt like I knew enough to follow this one. But oh, the plot. There was a tremendous amount of graphic violence involving mutilation of body parts. This was very hard to take. The title was right - there was a lot of "evil" here. There's also a subplot of how the media glorifies crime and criminals, and how the public latches on to this coverage. If this were a movie, I probably wouldn't watch it. Even in book form, it'll take a while to get the gruesome imagery out of my head.