Monday, July 6, 2015

"I love you more than there are fishes in the sea, and higher than the moon"

Nicholas Sparks - At First Sight

I just finished reading At First Sight (2005) by The Notebook writer Nicholas Sparks. The book was a gift from my longboarding girlfriend Sarah, who knows like no other that I need some Sparks in my life from time to time. Sure, the man's books are sappy, corny and overly formulaic, but you can't deny that, above all, Sparks knows how to tug at your heartstrings. I absolutely adored The Notebook (the movie and the book), loved reading The Wedding, and bawled my eyes out at The Lucky One and Safe Haven. Thought I must admit that Dear John did nothing for me, that's still a decent batting average, and so with a lot of enthusiasm I dove into AFS.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

"From my way of thinking, sodomizing the Son of God is really, really bad"

Lamb by Christopher Moore
This one guy ...
I can't recall where I fished up Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal (2002) by absurdist author Christopher Moore, but I'm glad that I did. I had no familiarity with Moore's work and I had no idea that this book even existed, but when I stumbled upon it the title alone immediately convinced me. Without so much as a second thought, I ordered it from and ran through it like a trembling train upon arrival.

Monday, June 1, 2015

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Dedicated to the people
I recently watched The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013) directed by, produced by, and starring Hollywood funnyman Ben Stiller. I remember the trailer not doing much for me, but when it was on TV a little while ago, I recorded it for one of those nights when you're particularly in the mood for a romantic comedy-drama adventure cult film. Surprise surprise, that night eventually arrived, having me glued to the screen for 114 minutes of charm, escapism and inspiration.

Random NBA Observations: May 2015

Random NBA Observations May 2015

Sunday, May 31, 2015

2014 Offseason winners: revisited

Dallas bound?
The NBA Finals are upon us. The MVP is about to take on The King. Time sure flies. I can't believe it's been nearly eight months since I picked seven teams primed for improvement in 2014-2015. The Draft had happened, free agents had found new addresses, injured players had underwent surgeries... All 30 teams were 0-0 and anything was possible. With the NBA Draft (June 25) and free agency (July 1) nearing soon and teams already preparing for the 2015-2016 NBA season, the time is right to reflect upon my selections.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Battle of the Five Armies

The Battle of the Five Armies by Peter Jackson

Last night I finally watched The Battle of the Five Armies (2014), the third and final installment of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy. I had very much liked An Unexpected Journey (2012) and The Desolation of Smaug (2013), and so I was more than a bit excited to check out the finale, which somehow I failed to catch in the cinema. What better way to wrap up a long weekend than with elves, orcs, dwarves, hobbits and dragons?

Monday, May 25, 2015

"I think that it is better to be beautiful than to be good"

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
"Be afraid of nothing"
I just finished reading The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891) by Irish author and playwright Oscar Wilde. When I stumbled upon the book in London last year, I knew that I had to buy it -- my former colleague Alan raved about it plenty when we used to man Tony Mertens together. Some research taught me that the book exists in two versions, the one a 13-chapter magazine edition, the other a 20-chapter novel edition. The revised version added some new chapters and divided others, all the while obscuring some of the more homoerotic themes of the story.