Archive for December, 2013

Boardwalk Empire

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

boardwalkempire

I’ve become addicted to a new television show called Boardwalk Empire. In case you’re unfamiliar it’s the story of Atlantic City at the beginning of prohibition. It stars Steve Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald and a ton of other super talented people like Michael Shannon who is depicted here as Federal Agent Nelson Van Alden of the Bureau of Prohibition (one of my favorite characters from the series).

I believe they’re on season four right now but I’m watching it on dvds I get from the library and am only in the middle of ¬†season two as of this post (so no spoilers please!) but am pretty much hooked. Check it out if you don’t mind violence, dirty language and full frontal nudity (all in service of a good yarn of course).

Oscar Wao

Monday, December 16th, 2013

oscarwao

 

“Of what import are brief, nameless lives… to Galactus??” is the quote that opens the story in ¬†The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz. And when a book without pictures starts off with a quote from Galactus I assume it’s worth reading. So I did. And in this case I certainly wasn’t wrong.

It’s dark, hilarious, informative, heartbreaking and super nerdy. There are quite a few references inside to comics and movies that can be found in any good nerd’s possession… but not just for the sake of hat tipping. Everything ties somehow into the story of Oscar and his family. Even the opening quote could have easily been attributed to the book’s villain (real life former ruler of the Dominican Republic Rafael Trujillo) if you swapped his name for Galactus’s.

This book made me laugh but it also punched me in the gut. More than once. It’s awesome. Read it.