What tickles your fancy?

Take Notes.
Is fainthearted one word or two? Student prose has wrecked her spelling.
It’s one word. Two words–Faint Hearted–what would that be? The name of a drag queen.

People Like That are the Only People Here, Lorrie Moore

A small excerpt from a story out of Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules, the main character is an author whose son was recently diagnosed with cancer and as money is one of their worries, her husband keeps telling her to “Take Notes” in the hopes that she can write something about this. It’s an interesting story and considering the time I’ve spent in hospitals recently and also flashing back to when my premature cousin was in care and when my aunt had cancer, some things do resonate. Still overall it’s a funny story, just not in the way you’d expect.

Speaking of other black comedies, I’m still enjoying The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle which has been described by the BBC as “Ab Fab meets The Larry Sanders Show with quite a bit of Ricki Lake and Oprah thrown in” — definitely more Ricki than Oprah! The cast and plot works very well together and it makes you wonder what those abusively helpful tv stars, whether talk show hosts or… judges? are like off-camera when the problems of their own lives have to take a backseat to the demands of their career. Some episodes stand on their own while some flow seamlessly into the next, as seamless as a week-long break can offer, at least. And they always end the episode with the standard talk show plea, “Are you or someone you know…?”

YouTube should have more teasers and clips of the show, until the BBC finds those and has them taken down, too. 🙂

I’m having difficulty deciding what to do today. I’ve got plenty of movies and stored up TiVo to watch. It looks to be a slightly brisk day outside, so perhaps staying in is for the best, and of course there’s always cleaning to be done!

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