How To Lose Friends And Alienate People by Toby Young© 2001
Synopsis: In 1995 high-flying British journalist Toby Young left London for New York to become a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. Other Brits had taken Manhattan–Alistair Cooke, Tina Brown, Anna Wintour–so why couldn’t he?But things didn’t quite go according to plan. Within the space of two years he was fired from Vanity Fair, banned from the most fashionable bar in the city, and couldn’t get a date for love or money. Even the local AA group wanted nothing to do with him.How to Lose Friends and Alienate People is Toby Young’s hilarious and best-selling account of the five years he spent looking for love in all the wrong places and steadily working his way down the New York food chain, from glossy magazine editor to crash-test dummy for interactive sex toys. A seditious attack on the culture of celebrity from inside the belly of the beast, How to Lose Friends and Alienate People is also a “nastily funny read.”- USA Today
Comments: I keep forgetting that this book was made into a movie, starring Simon Pegg. I need to check it out. I’ve read some reviews online that don’t seem to think this book is very humorous and/or that the author is patting himself on the back. On the contrary, the book is cracking me up and I think the author is just writing a book that he thinks will be entertaining, which is the whole point. Maybe some of the critics are jealous and/or have some highbrow expectations when it comes to what is deemed “humorous”. Whatever the case, I enjoyed it and would recommend it as some fun, light reading. Continue reading
Mothman– *sigh* As much as I hate to admit this, I have been trying to rent this stupid movie ever since it was released to RedBox on October 25th. It was really hard to track down at a RedBox near me, and once, I even RESERVED it…only to have the RedBox malfunction on me and shutdown completely. I should have taken this as an omen.
First, a synopsis: A group of friends band together to hide the truth about a mutual friend’s tragic death. They soon discover that an evil entity is in pursuit of them.
Not too horrible, right? Judging from the cover image, it has the potential to be an I Know What You Did Last Summer-type slasher, right? WRONG. I neglected to see in teeny, tiny print…that this was a SyFy Original. Geez! I might as well have taken my dollar and lit a match to it. Continue reading
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• Rosemary & Thyme
Comments: I remember catching this BBC mystery series during a marathon on channel 13 once. I thought it was such a clever idea for a show and the title was fun too. The synopsis of the show is as follows: Set amongst the stunning gardens of Europe, Rosemary Boxer and Laura Thyme, two professional gardeners, find themselves drawn into solving mysterious crimes.
I started watching the series, mainly for my love of Felicity Kendal, who was in one of my favorite BBC shows of the 70’s, Good Neighbors. It was nice to see a familiar face, some 25 odd years later! I also enjoy Pam Ferris, whom I recognized from everything from 1996’s Matilda, to another BBC favorite, Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple, to the more recent Harry Potter films. The show is fun, informative and the settings are always breathtaking, leaving me wanting to move to England and take up gardening. In addition, it’s nice that Season (the British call them ‘series’) One (there were 3) is now available on NetFlix, otherwise I may never have gotten to see all the episodes. I own ONE 2-episode DVD, and that’s only because I was lucky enough to find it at a pawn shop. Otherwise, the series is fairly expensive. Here’s hoping series 2 and 3 eventually come to NetFlix as well! Continue reading