Going back to watch early episodes of The West Wing, it is interesting to see the issues that some understood and examined but that went over the head of many others.
Back in 2000, many people were concerned and outraged by the military policy called Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, as that issue came up in key plot lines.
The startling inadequacy of Mercator projection maps, created for navigation only in the 16th century, that still fill geography classrooms is discussed in the show.
Growing income inequality and concerns for rising tuition costs were also featured in some episodes.
Discussions of Islamic fundamentalism and unfair maligning of all Muslims as a result was filmed before 9/11 occurred, with the air date happening to fall just a couple weeks later.
The show undoubtedly upset a number of people on the far right, but it made a number of people think, and that makes it a shame that it flew under the radar for people who didn’t watch.
Making its debut tonight (Tuesday, May 27th) on SyFy network was the Wil Wheaton Project.
It’s something like The Soup, but for geared for science fiction and fantasy. Wil Wheaton is a likable host who clearly enjoys what he’s doing, and that makes it fun for viewers, too. The show pokes a little fun at the highlights for the week, but it also clearly revels in the genre programming covered.
The show featured special guest Chris Hardwick, aka The Nerdist and a few words from Shawn Ashmore, who plays Iceman in the X-Men movie franchise.
Next week, Felicia Day will drop in.
Based the acclaimed stage play by Larry Kramer, this HBO movie adaptation has a lot of Hollywood heavy hitters behind it, and they all delivered.
Heart wrenching, often uncomfortable, and frequently maddening, the movie portrays the early days of the AIDS epidemic from the perspective of a fierce gay rights activist. It highlights the sickeningly slow response on the part of government to do something about the deadly and mysterious illness that struck gay men first in the US.
Continue reading HBO’s The Normal Heart
Carpe Demon by Julie Kenner
Kate Conner is a California stay at home mom who had to juggle the needs of a teenage daughter, a toddler and her attorney husband with local political aspirations. She was also a retired demon hunter, but now she has been forced out of retirement by a demon infestation in her town. She maintains her secret occupation with the help of her neighbor and best friend.
The story is fast paced exciting and very witty. She manages to kill a demon in the kitchen, hide the carcass in the pantry and still get dinner on the table. And that’s just the beginning.
It is the first in a series but stands alone as a novel.
It is probably available through many booksellers but I got it through:
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Children moaned with disappointment when Aunt Arlene left the community swimming pool because the water level dropped. She wrapped a bath sheet around her ample waist and pulled a large tee shirt over her bathing suit. She shook out her wet hair which clung to her head in matted strands and stepped into her flip flops.
She purchased a cherry sno-cone at the refreshment stand and happily schlepped home eating the icy treat. There was a small hole in the bottom of the snow cone cup so drops of the red syrup dribbled down the front of her white shirt. Her teeth and mouth were stained red giving her a ghoulish appearance.
She entered the living room where Uncle Earl dozed in his recliner chair. He sleepily opened his eyes to see Aunt Arlene looking down at him. She grinned and he screamed “Zombie!” and scrambled to his feet and bolted out the door.
(this is a frogkisser tale) Thank you for reading.
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