May, 2006

May 1st, 2006, 12:02 a.m. - Oh, yay, let's start off May with the ousting of Andrea!

"Anything You Can Do..."

May 2nd, 2006, 7:36 p.m. - Just like The Nanny Diaries, only real!

9. You'll Never Nanny in This Town Again (Suzanne Hansen)
Hansen, like Christine Rosen, who I mentioned a couple of months ago, is a great storyteller. Unfortunately, I couldn't determine if everything she said happened really happened. Some of it just seemed a little too cute, a little too coincidental, a little too perfect for her stories. But it was still well-written and enjoyable. And it makes me want to hurt some parents. I mean, why have kids if you're not going to spend time with them?

Up next: The Lincoln Lawyer (Michael Connelly)

10:18 p.m. - Various and sundry

Apprentice corner office/mailroom assignments (I wrote this at work, because there's nothing going on!)

I think I figured out something (finally!) about Veronica Mars. Okay, we know Woody is a child molester. We know he molested at least two kids from his Little League team, Peter and Marcos, who were both on the bus and who were both in the Little League photo on the Goodmans' wall. We also know that Marcos and Peter made a tape of a conversation about the molestations, and that there may have been a third kid there. Some people have speculated that Cassidy was abused and/or molested, so why not by Woody? And next week's episode is called "Not Pictured." I bet it refers to Cassidy, who is not pictured in the Little League photo. He was supposed to be on the bus as well, so he fits with Marcos and Peter. And this is probably the only prediction I make that will potentially pan out.

11:54 p.m. - Yes, more


May 3rd, 2006, 11:50 p.m. - Wonder what I think of Ana-Lucia?

This was the scene in my house tonight during Lost:

Me: "Shoot Ana-Lucia!"
Michael: (bang bang)
Me: "Thank you!"

May 4th, 2006, 10:41 p.m. - Shut up, Monica

"My Name is Eric"

May 7th, 2006, 7:41 p.m. - Blah, blah, blah, lawyer speak

10. The Lincoln Lawyer (Michael Connelly)
Connelly is...not really a great writer. He has no ear for dialogue, as far as I'm concerned, and he deals in too many cliches. (The main character is a lawyer going up against...his ex-wife! Gasp!) The plot of The Lincoln Lawyer is at least interesting, and I'll give him points for various developments and a good ending. But other than that...not so great. The first half is okay - more of a mystery than anything - but the second half deals with a trial and he literally has pages of court dialogue with little to no action. It was like reading a legal transcript. Which is what I do for a living. I thought this book would be better, since Connelly's Void Moon was such a good read. I recommend that one instead.

Up next: All the Fishes Come Home to Roost (Rachel Manija Brown)

11:13 p.m. - Seriously, just make out already

"Tarek and Charmaine, Sitting in a Tree"

May 9th, 2006, 5:43 p.m. - Cake later! Veronica now!

So my birthday is tomorrow. And yet I'm more excited about the season finale of Veronica Mars tonight. That's sad, right? Yeah, I don't really care.

11:06 p.m. - Vote for Elliot!


Apprentice corner office/mailroom

May 10th, 2006, 5:39 p.m. - They say it's your birthday...

As Beppe said, "Welcome to the 24 club! (Where's Jack?)"

May 11th, 2006, 8:55 a.m. - Yeah, probably no one will get the title

"Go Monkey! Choose Monkey!" - Mojo getting eliminated was the best birthday present ever

May 13th, 2006, 10:14 p.m. - Memoir of a psychotic childhood

11. All the Fishes Come Home to Roost (Rachel Manija Brown)
Another great storyteller! Brown lived in an ashram in India for a few years, starting at age seven, and hated most of the experience. Her mother was a devoted worshipper of Meher Baba, an Indian spiritual master who thought he was God and whose followers believed the same; her father was kind of a hippie, though not a Baba lover. Brown had to deal with horrific school experiences, growing up white in India, and living in an ashram with people who believed in a deity she couldn't comprehend. All the Fishes is kind of a fish-out-of-water story (no pun intended) combined with a glimpse of India in the 1980s. Brown has a great eye for detail and gives you a nice picture of what she saw when she was in India. Now I want to read an account of how she adjusted to life back in the States.

Also, if I'd gone to her school, I probably would have turned into a sociopath.

Up next: Mixed (Angela Nissel)

May 14th, 2006, 6:05 p.m. - And a side order of snark

"Much Ado About Steak"

May 16th, 2006, 8:23 p.m. - Why you wanna hurt me like that, Roxanne?

Apprentice corner office/mailroom assignments

May 17th, 2006, 8:51 p.m. - Sorry, Katharine...

WBTJ - ...but if it's between you and Elliot, you know where my loyalties lie

May 18th, 2006, 8:50 a.m. - The good, the bad...

"Crazy Foreigners Coming Through!" - TTOW!

Darn you, Katharine McPhee! Why can't I bring myself to hate you?

It's official - there will be a season 3 of Veronica Mars! Party at my place, and keep Madison away from the drinks.

May 19th, 2006, 8:01 p.m. - The things you find when you Google

My high school is in Wikipedia. That Jim Morrison thing is an error; he went to George Washington High School in Alexandria. Also, whoever wrote the article obviously didn't pay attention in English because "preppy" has two Ps. And of course the school is full of stuck-up white kids - the whole town is an encyclopedia entry example of WASPy.

May 20th, 2006, 5:38 p.m. - Angela Nissel and Rachel Manija Brown would have a lot to talk about with each other

12. Mixed (Angela Nissel)
Anyone who doesn't think racism still exists in America, read this book. Then shut up. Nissel grew up in the late '70s and the '80s and experienced all sorts of problems from both white and black people because she was mixed. Her white father wasn't around and her black mother tried her best to help her feel like she fit in, as well as learned all she could about her African-American heritage. Nissel seems to still have issues with her identity and especially what people think of her. Like Brown, she grew up as an outsider, never fitting with either the black or white kids because she wasn't all white or all black. Even as an adult she struggled to deal with both the overt and covert racism she encountered from other people. It just goes to show that sometimes we white people can be incredibly stupid.

Nissel also wrote The Broke Diaries, which I loved. Now she works on Scrubs, so you know she's funny.

Up next: Halfway House (Katharine Noel)

May 22nd, 2006, 8:47 p.m. - That is so fetch!

"Mean Girls"

May 23rd, 2006, 11:26 p.m. - Unlike last week, go, Katharine!


May 24th, 2006, 11:10 p.m. - AKA I'm sick of doing this article, so I screwed around with it

Apprentice corner office/mailroom assignments

May 26th, 2006, 11:09 p.m. - Sometimes you gotta fight crazy with crazy

13. Halfway House (Katharine Noel)
This is Noel's first novel, and I hope that a lot of people read it because she deserves to be a celebrity. Her characters are well-drawn and her prose is beautiful. Halfway House is a portrait of a family that falls apart after one member's breakdown and never completely pulls itself back together. Interestingly, I thought the portions of the book about the parents and the son's girlfriend were needless; I got bored by them. I think the story is really about the relationship between Angie, the all-American daughter who is diagnosed as bipolar, and Luke, who tries to hold everything together while finding time for himself. I also wish that Noel had made it clearer when the book was set; it's hard to grasp the time period. But maybe she did that on purpose to make everything more universal.

Up next: Bad Twin ("Gary Troup," who I think is really Dean Koontz), because I can use all the help I can get deciphering Lost

May 29th, 2006, 11:03 a.m. - Not like anyone got the last Simpsons reference I used on RNO...well, except the other writers

"They Fight and Fight..."

Happy Memorial Day! I'll be wandering around the FC if anyone needs me.

May 31st, 2006, 10:29 p.m. - Bad book (and it doesn't deserve a more creative title than this)

14. Bad Twin ("Gary Troup")
Man, this book sucked. Possibly the worst thing I've ever made myself finish. I thought there might be a clue or two in there connected to Lost. Wrong! It's a huge waste of money. They only connections to the show are the Widmores and some references to Mr. Cluck's, Sun's father's company, and the numbers. The rest is a stupid plot with a stupid ending, after which three of the characters spend ten pages explaining everything. I mean, just awful, awful writing. Which is sad, because I think the author is Dean Koontz. If he were a singer and went on American Idol with this crap, Simon Cowell would run him out of the room in two seconds. Dreadful, dreadful stuff. Don't waste your time or your money like I did.

Up next: Possible Side Effects (Augusten Burroughs)

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