Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Confession Tuesday - The Critical Edition with a Positive Follow-up

Dear Reader,

I am here on Tuesday -not Wednesday or Thursday- but the planned day and ready to confess.

To the confessional--

I took my daughter and Japanese exchange student to the American Idol Tour concert (our exchange student was visiting for a few days and it was the one thing she wanted to do).  I confess I have only watched one American Idol show so much of it was lost on me.  But I am now skilled in contestants and if I had to pick two favorites they would be Crystal and Andrew.

I confess that show went on *way* too long (3 hours) and I spent quite a bit of it reading emails and posting on Facebook to pass the time.

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I confess I also saw Eat, Pray, Love and highly recommend that you do not see it.  It was terrible and dull.  We called it Watch, Sleep, Leave.  My Facebook status was -- there's 2 hours of my life I'll never get back.

I confess am not a Julia Roberts fan and that is an understatement.  I can't stand her--I used to love her and her movies--now it feels as if she has one character she does again and again.   This movie contained all the classic Julia scenes-- the scene in the dressing room trying on clothes, the ugly/vein in her forehead cry, the classic laugh.  It was Julia being Julia, not being Liz (the main character/author of the book).

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I confess I was reading Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert and while I was liking the book, I found myself becoing annoyed because he overused the word "indeed."  Indeed.

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 Okay, since I've pretty much complained about 3 things, let's balance that with 3 lovely wonderful things--

I confess I just read a poem by Dorothy Barresi on Poetry Daily and am thrilled to learn she has a new book out-- American Fanatics (Pitt Poetry Series).  I will be ordering it soon.  January has been talking about under-rated poets and Dorothy is a poet who I feel deserves a lot more attention.  I also recommend her book Rouge Pulp (Pitt Poetry Series).  She is incredible!

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I confess I found a new poet (who isn't new), but who sent her book to Crab Creek Review for review and I happened to read it and love it.  Her name is Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz and her book is Everything Is Everything. It will be included in our Editors' Choice, a section of Crab Creek Review where we give mini-reviews of the favorite books we've read.  It's funny, edgy, surprising, and one of my most favorite books we received in our mailbox.

I also just finished this book, Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath about why certain things catch on and others don't.  It's a very simple premise when it's explained, but is quite interesting as you look at how we remember certain things as humans (stories, images), but forget other things (statistics, too many points not made clear).

One main point is the K.I.S.S. theory (though they don't call it that).  Keep it simple, Stupid.

Anyway, an interesting book if you're a reader who likes books like The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big DifferenceFreakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (P.S.)SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance and those non-fiction books that look at the world, trends, and our minds.







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6 comments:

shawnte said...

I also love that Everything Is Everything collection.

I host a monthly reading at a local community college. I often read from books that catch my attention, to introduce the audience to new poets. I recently read a bunch of my favorites from Everything Is Everything and the crowd fell in love with her.

drew myron said...

I found Cristin last year, with a poem in Rattle.
Love her blend of sass and tenderness. Turns out she is an accomplished slam poet, too.

January said...

Eat Pray Love: I hear you. I think I liked it a little more than you did. And I agree with you on Julia Roberts.

I don't know Dorothy Barresi's work so I'll check here out.

Thanks for your confessions.

Kathleen said...

Loved and laughed at the confessions! By coincidence, I handled SuperFreakonomics at the bookstore today!

I feel obliged to Watch, Sleep, Leave, and I know what you mean about Julia. I really, really loved her in Mystic Pizza! And now it's pizza in Naples, right?

Jessie Carty said...

I heartily agree with everything here :)

Anonymous said...

I picked up Barresi's The Post Rapture Diner a long time ago, but it really didn't grab me. I'll have to recheck it.

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