Ladies night on Idol

So...it's ladies night on Idol.  One thing that strikes me as they span across the contestants is that somehow they auditioned thousands and thousands of people for this show, yet they couldn't find a single black girl that could sing???  It just looks weird. Is Adam Brock from last night the only black woman in the competition?


American Idol - Boys' Night

Tonight the top 12 guys perform.  Tomorrow it's the girls.  On Thursday we'll learn the top 5 guys and the top 5 girls, and then each judge will get to pick a wildcard, so we'll have the Top 13.

Tonight the guys can sing any song they want.  First up is Reed Grimm, who was one of my faves during auditions.  He sings a jazzy rendition of "Moves Like Jagger" by Maroon 5.  He did a tiny little drum solo in the middle.  I loved it and he got great comments from the judges. He reminds me of someone but I can't pinpoint who.  I guess he kind of looks like a cross between Tom Cruise & Ed Norton.

Next is Adam Brock.  Each contestant had a handheld camera to take video at home.  In his video, he said, "I've been told that there's a large black woman inside of my body.... I think it's time for America to see what 'White Chocolate' is."  And then he sings Aretha Franklin's "Think."  He's great. Judges love him.


Oscars 2012

Just a few comments about tonight's Oscar's broadcast:
  • BRAVO! to The Artist for winning Best Picture.
  • Lovely speech from Meryl Streep about the friendships she's made over the years.
  • Billy Crystal did a nice job.  I never really laughed out loud, but I chuckled, and found that it was sort of....comforting, I guess, to have him there.  I thought they would've done a joke with Eddie Murphy, but no luck.
  • Speaking of which, Chris Rock's joke about animated films and fat women getting to play thin princesses, and white men getting to play Arabian nights, and black men getting to play donkeys and zebras....was hilarious.


Is Everyone Hanging Out without Me? by Mindy Kaling

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a quick, fun read. If you're a fan of Mindy Kaling on The Office, I think you'll enjoy this book. It's part memoir, part observation, and quite funny. I like the behind-the-scenes stuff about her brief stint as a writer at Saturday Night Live, and as a writer on The Office. She's open about her insecurities and she's charmingly self-deprecating. She's very relatable, and when you're done, you'll wish she was your friend.

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Catching up

I know I've been so sporadic about posting these days. I don't have much of an excuse other than I just haven't really been in the mood. Not sure what's going on with me. I'm not in the mood to see any movies and I'm not on my usual tear to see all the Oscar movies. It doesn't help that I also canceled my subscription (after ~15 years) to Entertainment Weekly after becoming SO frustrated with their lack of customer service. Plus, after seeing The Artist, I don't think there's anything I'll see that will measure up, so why bother?


Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman

Domestic VioletsDomestic Violets by Matthew Norman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really, really liked this book.  As I was reading, I realized it was very similar to the last book I read, Straight Man, but it was much funnier and I related to it much more.  I read it in less than a week, whereas Straight Man took me a month and a half.  It was interesting to read that Matthew Norman's favorite author happened to be Richard Russo.

The story is narrated by Tom Violet, a 35-year-old copy writer.  He's having issues with his wife and he hates his job.  He wants to be a writer, and has actually completed his first book, yet no one knows about it, and he lives in the shadow of his father, an author who just won the Pulitzer Prize.  Tom is sarcastic and funny a typical guy.  I also enjoyed that the story took place in DC, although there were a couple of flaws in the details. Tom's trials and tribulations are told with humor, but also with insight and heartfelt emotion.

I definitely recommend this one.

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Grammys 2012

After Bruce Springsteen's first TV performance since Clarence Clemons passed away, LL Cool J opened up the show with a prayer for Whitney Houston and her family.  They then showed a clip of one of her performances at the Grammys, and then LL livened the mood by promising a show full of joy and new Grammy memories.  He said:
We're gonna go on, we're gonna make music, we're gonna have fun, we're gonna dance, we're gonna sing, because this night is about something much bigger than any one of us.  This night is about something truly universal and healing.  This night is about music.
It was a classy opening and got things off to a good start.  Bruno Mars then gave a rousing and fun performance that had me on my feet dancing. 


Straight Man by Richard Russo

Straight ManStraight Man by Richard Russo
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Yet another book that I liked okay, but didn't love. It's about one bad week in the life of Henry "Hank" Devereaux, Jr., a college professor in small-town Pennsylvania. He might have a kidney stone; has many contentious relationships with his fellow professors who might vote him out of being the interim chair of the English department--a position he didn't really want in the first place; his estranged father, Henry Devereaux, Sr. is coming back to town after ten years; and he feels like he's half in love with several women besides his wife.

I read a review that called the book "uproariously funny." I wouldn't take it that far. I admit that I did laugh out loud a few times, but there were many more times where I just skimmed through Hank's pontificating on whatever subject was at hand. The book dragged a bit. It took me almost three weeks to read this, so it definitely wasn't a page-turner.

Even though he doesn't fit the physical description of Hank, I totally imagined Oliver Platt playing him in a movie version.  Hank reminded me a lot of Oliver Platt's character on The Big C.

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