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Orwell on Broadway?

poster_1984_lrgToday, I read that George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four is coming to Broadway.

Man, just think of the musical possibilities:

  • Come for the angst of Winston Smith journaling while singing “The Minitrue Blues” and “Won’t Someone Please Send My Ex-Wife to the Memory Hole?”
  • Stay for Winston and Julia’s heartfelt duet “Who Says We Can’t Discuss Goldstein’s ‘The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism’ While Carrying on an Illicit Affair in an Antique Shop?”
  • No one will remain seated for the rousing ensemble number “Two Minutes Hate”
  • You’ll alternately weep and heave during the ending Winston numbers “Heading to Room 101,” “Do It to Julia! Please!” and the finale “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Big Brother”

All the Excerpts from Lackluster Book Reviews, In One Place

Book reviewers have a tough job, you guys. They have to read books and, you know, review them. It’s not as sexy as it sounds, and the truth is sometimes they get tired and become not so good at coming up with original words to say. And then, occasionally, the book they’re reviewing doesn’t quite cut the mustard.

But they have to write something, right? Perhaps something like these blurbs.

 

“Reading this book was a viable alternative to being fitted for adult braces.”

“This will likely not be the only book you ever read.”

“You will undoubtedly read this after having read something else.”

“Reading it occupied time I could have spent doing other things.”

“Of all the books I’ve ever read, this was the most recent.”

“This was a book I apparently read.”

“Once I started reading the book, I couldn’t put it down. It was covered in industrial strength maple syrup.”

 

P.G. Wodehouse: Purveyor of Fine Slang

I want to start a movement to bring back all the slang from P.G. Wodehouse​ novels and stories. We all know the Brits have the most extensive and lexicon of nicknames, salutations, and put downs, but Wodehouse was a sheer master of the old lingo.

Right ho, old scream, what?

My New Thing That I Have to Wait For: Con Man

Just saw the trailer for Con Man, the Vimeo miniseries from Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion. I was going to say I can’t wait for this. But I will wait for it, because I have to. Which, I guess, means I actually can wait for it.

It appears to feature every person who’s ever been in a Joss Whedon project (JW included) and nearly every other sci-fi actor from the past twenty years.

It also looks superb.

Hey, Look What I Found: A New (To Me) P.G. Wodehouse-Inspired Series

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Over the weekend, we “discovered” a British series, Blandings, based on the works of P.G. Wodehouse, specifically his Blandings Castle novels and stories. It centers on the estate of Lord Clarence Emsworth, the silly family members who refuse to leave him to raising his pig, and a rotating roster of amusing characters.

In case you don’t know me, or if you’ve never been within hearing range of my voice, I’m an ardent fan of Wodehouse. If you haven’t read him, do so, and sooner than is convenient, if possible. If you ask me, he’s only one of the finest comic writers to ever scribble down words in the English language.

Of course, Jeeves and Wooster, starring Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, is the gold standard for Wodehouse-inspired fare, but Blandings is also damn good. It doesn’t hurt, of course, that the series stars Jennifer Saunders, but the rest of the cast ably inhabit the trademark Wodehouse characters: Timothy Spall is Lord Clarence Emsworth, Mark Williams is the staid butler Beach, and Jack Farthing is Emsworth’s flighty son Freddie Threepwood.

 

With All Credit and (Mad) Respect to W.W.

My heart leaps up when I behold

A rainbow in the sky

Unless, of course, the day is hot,

In which case I’ll have found a spot

Indoors to keep me nice and cold

Or else I’ll die!

You might think me a lazy lot.

That’s as may be, but I’m the chap

Who’s having a cool, relaxing nap.

–JGW

SyFy Madness

Nearly Every SyFy Original Movie: Disgraced scientist fights The Man, meets the child he never knew, and makes up with an ex-spouse.