Television Series

Television series, even the best, should come with an expiration date. Before creators and casts embarrass themselves with a “Jump the shark” season, they ought to quit while ahead. Seldom happens. Cases in point: “Damages” written by Todd and Glenn Kessler and Dan Zelman. First season was terrific. Great acting by veteran Glenn Close and newcomer Rose Byrne. Good supporting cast, gripping…

About Face

About Face by David HackworthI finally tackled a book that was gathering dust on my closet shelf for fifteen years: Col. David Hackworth’s “About Face,” a scorching military memoir published in 1989. Part swashbuckling tale, Korean War diary, notes from…

Book Club

Belonging to a book club is a good thing to do...and not just for passing those dark winter nights when your usual social networks are hibernating. I’ve read books I would never have considered prior to joining. We mostly read fiction with the occasional non-fiction, such as Laura Hillenbrand’s “Unbroken” or others like it, and we are democratic when selecting a reading list. Someone…

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

I write about my heresy. Finally went to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens with a friend. We waited until the crowds had thinned. I'm not a Star Wars fanatic. Saw the first three and ignored the next batch. This latest effort, a Disney product, seemed to me a tired retread. The original actors are all there, but long in tooth and slow of action or enthusiasm.…

Dead Wake

Dead Wake by Erik LarsonI received a copy of Erik Larson’s "Dead Wake" over Christmas and devoured it in three days. Larson is a terrific storyteller with a detective's eye for detail. Though I knew the outcome…