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Well, Monday Just Isn’t Happening

February 9, 2015

Dear Reader,

Well, the title pretty much says it all. They haven’t, as of this writing, called school yet. But it certainly seems as if at least some of you aren’t going to be making it in to school or work tomorrow. Thankfully, Netlix is on it. House of Cards, Daredevil, and the Legend of Zelda live action series might still be a ways off but here are some things you can binge right now as you huddle in your bed for warmth.

Are you looking for a nice British costume drama? Then The Paradise is your poison. They just put up season two so there are 16 good hours of late Victorian angst and burgeoning capitalist monopolies. And hats.The Person I Am Tonight- Well, Monday Just Isn't Happening

Are you looking for some vaguely supernatural love triangle drama with terrible production values that the pretty people keep trying to distract you from? Then Haven is for you. Based on a Stephen King story there are enough weird twists to keep you happy and snuggled in.The Person I Am Tonight- Well, Monday Just Isn't Happening

Are you looking for a love story that won’t make you want to vomit? In Your Eyes is my recommendation. It’s also Joss Whedon. And I have reviewed it before so you should really really watch it.The Person I Am Tonight- Well, Monday Just Isn't Happening

Are you looking for a romantic comedy that will also not make you want to vomit and that includes lots of awesome British people (Ed Westwick! Felicity Jones!) learning to snowboard? Chalet Girl man. That is all you need.The Person I Am Tonight- Well, Monday Just Isn't Happening

Finally, if you are looking for something that is nothing like any of that then do the right thing and watch some Alias. Can’t beat early Jennifer Garner. Or early J.J. Abrams. Or Michael Vartan’s beautiful face.

The Person I Am Tonight- Well, Monday Just Isn't HappeningStay warm, if you can. Happy fake Monday!

 

Free Comics and Sunshine

May 5, 2014

Dear Reader,

Saturday was Free Comic Book Day and I decided to take a break from these weeks of concerted typing effort and walk the two miles or so up to Coolidge Corner where New England Comics lives.1958201_10202195573790695_4601265692692616538_n

The place was happily packed to the gills with happy comic lovers and Lana del Rey was crooning about her Summertime Sadness from the speakers. I found the Neil Gaiman Black Orchid series, which I had been looking for and then (after I treated myself to lunch at Panera) I went on to Brookline Booksmith, my personal favorite independent bookstore in Boston.10303363_10202195573830696_7965699872655330453_n

There I proceeded to buy far too many books for my own good, including the Emile Zola novel that The Paradise is based on. Also Dead Souls because… summer beach read? On the way home I picked up some orange tulips and carried them home to remind me that spring sunshine is just a week’s worth of papers away 🙂10171110_10202195573910698_479947857309198046_n

Stay strong my friends.10277706_10202195573870697_5780962225986794367_n

 

The Paradise

April 14, 2014

Dea Reader,

Calling all Downtown Abbey lovers! If you have found yourself loving sweet, dramatic, gorgeously costumed period dramas (like me) then I have a show for you. The Paradise is a BBC show about a young shopgirl, Denise, who finds work at The Paradise, a sumptuous department store. It is set around 1870 and centers around the life of the department store. There are plenty of quirky characters, romances, adventures, and mustache twirling villains. But the show also has heart.

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It is sweet and funny, with much of the action revolving around the central pair of Denise and the owner of The Paradise, Mr. Moray. Denise is extremely clever, something that sets her apart from the other girls who work there and causes Mr. Moray to sit up and take notice. It also helps that she is very beautiful, of course. But Catherine Glendenning, Mr. Moray’s would-be fiancé, is having none of it. What I love most about it is the way it explores the rise of the department store and the commercialization of the fashion industry. Department stores were completely new at that time and watching everyone attempt to adapt to the change is fascinating.

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The show is based on the Emile Zola novel, Au Bonheur des Dames, and ran for two seasons. Unfortunately it was cancelled after its second season. However, the two seasons are lovely and easy to run through when you have a spare weekend. Season one is up on Netflix already, with season two to follow shortly (one hopes). Enjoy mes amies!

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