Rewind: The Addams Family & The Addams Family Value Movies

January 7th, 2023 by

I saw Wednesday and I thought, the show is missing something from it.  I chose to finally figure it out and rewatch The Addams Family and Addams Family Values movies that have been on Netflix since Wednesday premiered.   There is not enough macabre humor and its depictions in Wednesday.  Between both films,  I got...

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Special Announcement: Taking a leap in 2021

July 27th, 2021 by

A few years ago, someone I know thought I should turn my blog site into a subscription site offering entertainment and book reviews, short stories, and more. However, I thought it was too much of a risk. This year with encouragement from additional people I know, I have chosen to find out if this idea […]

Get on Up: A 2014 film on the life of the Godfather of Soul, James Brown

March 29th, 2021 by

The 2014 film, Get on Up, takes an autobiographical look at the Godfather of Soul; James Brown starring Chadwick Boseman and directed by Tate Taylor.   Over the course of several years, I have seen documentaries on James Brown and several of his recorded concerts.   As a result, I think Chadwick nails Brown’s voice and his […]

Showtime: Penny Dreadful Entire S1

March 18th, 2021 by

I kept watching Showtime’s Penny Dreadful first season and the finale felt strong and did not disappoint. The major questions get an answer and the one story line left continues into the second and third (last season). Spoiler if you have not seen the show the story line that continues belongs to Vanessa. Sir Malcolm […]

The Heiress: Mandalorian Chapter 11

November 19th, 2020 by

In the episode the Heiress the Frog Lady reaches her destination and reunites with her husband. Next he lets Mando know how he can locate other Mandalorian. So while workers try to to make his ship able to fly again, he takes to an ocean vessel to head to the location told to him. However, […]

Review of South to America by Imani Perry

November 26th, 2023 by

I thought South to America by Imani Perry would be in the vein of one of Dr. Angela Davis’s books, taking a look at the historical, current, and cultural events among the races. In some ways, the book does that, especially when Perry talks about New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina as well as when she […]

Review of Spying on the South by Tony Horwitz

November 18th, 2023 by

Spying on the South: An Odyssey Across the American Divide tells the stories of Frederick Law Omstead (as a young man and writer for the New York Daily News) across the South and the pre-Civil War era, along side the author’s,Tony Horwitz, own journey covering the same ground Omstead crossed.  He found connections between the […]

Review of The Business of Blood by Kerrigan Byrne

November 11th, 2023 by

In London, England, Fiona Maloney makes her living cleaning up murder scenes after the corpse is removed by the coroner.  Not only does she get to restore a scene to what it was, she also gets to involve herself in murder investigations.  Fiona offers advice and insight to the police.   Her interest in murder […]

Review of the Audio Version – Autobiography of Mark Twain Vol 3

October 28th, 2023 by

The third volume of The Autobiography of Mark Twain was created from March 1907 to December 1909.   Like the first two volumes, Twain keeps the conversational dictations going that were recorded by either Twain or a stenographer.  I am a fan of the way Twain did his autobiography and I do not mind that […]

Review of the audio book The Last Remains

October 17th, 2023 by

For many years I have read the Ruth Galloway Mystery series by Elly Griffiths. On the sixteenth of this month I completed the final book in the series.  The Last Remains provides one final mystery for DCI Nelson and his team to solve with a little help from Ruth. A builder finds skeletal remains in...

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Review of Volumes 1 & 2 of Mark Twain’s Autobiography

October 14th, 2023 by

Not long ago, Tori, my land lady and friend, was reading Mark Twain’s Autobiography (first volume) at her office desk.  I recall asking her about the book and she said it was interesting and not the usual biography.  I found the audio versions of all three volumes and checked out two of them.  I finished […]

Ron Chernow’s Grant

October 1st, 2023 by

I listened to the audiobook version of Ron Chernow’s Grant, which is a full account of Grant’s life.   He gives deep into who Grant was, his faults, his strengths and a lot more.   I  knew a little before listening to the book.  I did know he was a failed business person, but he […]

Jon Meacham’s His Truth is Marching on: John Lewis and the Power of Hope

September 24th, 2023 by

Prior to John Lewis’s death, Jon Meacham began writing a book on Lewis’ life and part in the Civil Rights Movement.  He went through past interview notes and he spoke with Lewis in more current conversations with the now late House Representative.   The result is His Truth is Marching On: John Lewis and the...

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Review of the audio book: A Slave No More

September 2nd, 2023 by

A Slave No More tells the narrative of two men born, Wallace Turnage and John Washington, slaves who ran away and gained their freedom upon reaching Union troop lines during the Civil War.  The first part of the book, by author David W. Blight, expands on these narratives by telling their life stories and those […]

Review of the audio book Midnight Rising

August 23rd, 2023 by

Years ago in school, I learned about John Brown and the raid on Harper’s Ferry.   I thought it was a quick fight with Federal forces taking Brown and his men down quickly.  Now, more than two decades later, I realize my memory is fuzzy and, in a few places, wrong.  In Horwitz’s book I […]