Friday, February 27, 2015

Leonard Nimoy 1931-2015

I was sorry to hear about the passing of Leonard Nimoy this afternoon. William Shatner was always one of those people you either loved everything about him or couldn't stand him for the ego he was reported having earlier in his career or the over-acting.

That just wasn't the case for Nimoy. I don't confess to being a fan of Star Trek, but I always found myself both liking Leonard Nimoy and his character of Chief Science Officer Mr. Spock.

I even got the chance to see some of his photography when it was on display in Northampton Massachusetts.

Nimoy even left this plane of existence with one last tweet on Twitter which I imagine will most likely be remembered with some of the great last words:

“A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP.”

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Wang Rong Rollin Chick Chick

 Back in a previous life I was a huge fan of Bjork's music. To be honest, I really haven't listened to her on a regular basis in a very long time. The last album I bought of hers was VOLTA back in 2007 which was seven years ago now. The last album I enjoyed by her was Homogenic back in 1997.

Most of my music listening these days is sporadic at best. I still love Shonen Knife after all these years. I can never get sick of them. Their tribute to the Ramones is one of the best rock albums out there!

However, I'm a sucker for what other people might deem to be "bizarre music". So, for your listening pleasure here a number from China by Wang Rong Rollin...

...and yes! I do blast it in my car.

A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullin

I'm enjoying the book (soon to be a major motion picture) immensely. An older Sherlock Holmes living in Sussex Down tending to his bees is not a new concept. The talented Laurie R. King has written about it in her wonderful Sherlock Holmes/Mary Russell series. It was originally conceived by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself. After popular demand brought the great detective back to life, Doyle would later have Dr. John Watson mention in passing of Holmes's retirement in Sussex in later stories.

In fact, THE LION'S MANE takes place during Holmes's life in Sussex. It is the only Sherlock Holmes story I am aware of that is written from Holmes's perspective.

And it's a decent tale to boot.

On a side note, PG Wodehouse would do the same with his Jeeves series having one tale told from Jeeves's perspective. Jeeves would also confess a fatherly fondness for Bertie Wooster and not just tolerating him.

But I digress...

I am enjoying Mitch Cullin's take on a 93 year old Sherlock Holmes who is dealing with his one great mind beginning to diminish with age. Not just sticking to his surroundings in Sussex, the story concerns a previous case as well as Holmes traveling to Japan post-World War II.

It deals with Holmes as though he continued to live beyond the era of hansom carriages and gaslight. It also has Holmes giving his opinions about films made about his adventures with Dr. Watson and how Watson is portrayed in films.

I'm looking forward to seeing the film treatment starring Sir Ian McKellan when it is released (as pictured above) and I cannot think of a better choice for Holmes. Either John Hurt or the Late John Neville or Peter O'Toole would have been admirable choices as well. Hurt still being with us would have been my second choice in the title role.

I  highly recommend you pick up the book. It's a really great read!!

The clip from the movie looks pretty good too: