Entertainment journalists are all about lists. Top 10 lists, must-see lists, must-read lists, lists, lists, lists…We love to write them and love to read them, but what we love most is making them.
Yours truly made Orange Alert Press‘s “The Watch List” last month with a short story. Check it out.
Wanna know where to find me in the future?
At TheRoughWriters.com, of course.
Unsure of how you’re going to afford Christmas gifts for all of the family members, friends, co-workers and acquaintances on your list without a Christmas miracle? Never fear! Michelle Jones, from the E-zine “Living a Better Life,” offers her suggestions with “63 Gift Ideas for Under $10 – For Any Occasion of the Year!” No miracle necessary.
Here are ten of Michelle’s suggestions:
1. Gourmet coffees with a personal coffee cup
2. Pound of pistachios
3. Child’s artwork, framed
4. Journal with special inscription inside
5. Teacup with box of herbal tea
6. Deck of cards and book of card game rules
7. Homemade cocoa mix in a pretty jar
8. Collage of special photos
9. Gel pens and pretty stationary
10. Bottle of sparkling cider
Adam Lambert may have been “banned” by ABC, but it’s important to remember that, in other nations, many artists have it much, much worse.
Singer, mandolin player, and ethnic Tibetan, Tashi Dondrup was arrested by Chinese authorities for his “subversive” songs.
The questionable songs, whose lyrics include musings on exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama and last year’s riots and subsequent crackdowns in Tibetan capital Lhasa, were released this year on 30-year-old Dondrup’s newest album.
No word on when Dondrup will be released.
Curious as to what “subversive music” sounds like in China? Here’s one of Tashi Dondrup’s music videos.
Is NBC’s The Office the most depressing show on TV? Writer Meghan Keane argues yes.
“Have you watched The Office lately? The NBC series has become a microcosm of how depressing this recession can get—and not just because The Dunder Mifflin Paper company may fold in the next few episodes. That, after all, seems a fitting end for a company based on a business model that stopped being relevant in 1992. Instead, the show has taken the story of a man with a promising future and given him an interminable present.”
It’s so 2009 to have to pop a Xanax before watching your favorite sitcom…
I posted a couple weeks ago regarding Adam Lambert‘s thoughts on his then-unreleased album. Lambert’s album “For Your Entertainment” was released November 23, the day after his now-infamous AMA performance. So, what are the critics saying?
LA Times– 3 of 4 stars
“It would be great to hear a whole album from Lambert exploring this way of reworking pop balladry. For now, though, he’s keeping his options open. And that’s fine: His line of credit should extend for a while.”
Rolling Stone– 3 of 5 stars
“The songs sound great but feel strangely stuffy — Entertainment seems like a disc that was overthought.”
The New York Times
“This is an overwrought, clunky, only sparingly entertaining record, constantly in argument with itself.”
The Huffington Post– 4.5 of 5 stars
“From its iconic cover, to its unique retro-contemporary fusion, to its memorable hooks, Lambert’s appropriately labeled album contains all the elements of a massively successful–and influential–pop-rock classic.”
Stylized images of Barack Obama‘s face have been slapped on everything from t-shirts to bumper stickers to bobble-head dolls. But we’ve never seen the president like this…
Last week, south Texas police confiscated a batch of Ecstasy pills stamped with an image of the president’s face. Ecstasy pills have been traditionally stamped with images of popular children’s cartoon characters. Many have criticized the manufacturers of this illegal drug for using the fun images to appeal to younger users.
The White House has not commented on the issue.
Winter is rapidly approaching. Let the baking begin!
This holiday season, consider this delicious Sesame-Street-approved, low-cholesterol banana bread recipe, which first appeared with illustrations in Volume 14 of the Sesame Street Library. For a tasty twist, mix chocolate chips into the batter immediately before baking.
3 peeled ripe bananas
3/4 cup honey
1/4 cup melted butter
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
This you need a grownup to do:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Melt 1/4 cup butter in a pan (or a microwave).
This you can do yourself
1. Put the peeled bananas in a bowl.
2. Mash up the bananas with the back of a fork.
3. Add the melted butter.
4. Add the baking soda, flour, and honey.
6. Stir everything in the bowl with a big spoon until everything is mixed together.
6. Pour the mixture into an oiled bread pan.
7. Bake for one hour.
8. Use the toothpick test to see if the bread is done.
9. Take the bread out of the oven and put it in a wire rack to cool.
10. Cut up the bread and share it with your neighbors.
The world’s tallest building, the Burj Dubai tower is set to open next month in Dubai. The building’s opening will be the last of its kind for at least the foreseeable future, as Dubai announced last week that its state-owned Dubai World will temporarily halt its debt payments.
The Burj tower stands 2,700 feet tall and serves as the centerpiece of Downtown Burj Dubai, a 20 billion dollar shopping district that is also the world’s largest indoor shopping mall.
Emaar, the tower’s developer, announced that the Burj tower will open to the public on January 4, 2010. This date is the fourth anniversary of Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashed al-Maktoum’s accession to power.
A pathetic tree. A lovable loser named Charlie. Not the ingredients for a spectacular Christmas, except maybe at Bukowski’s house. Yet, Charles Schultz not only made this bizarre pairing work, but made it into a Christmas classic. A Charlie Brown Christmas first aired in 1965 on CBS, where it aired every year since until 2000. Since 2001, ABC has aired the special at least twice per Christmas season.
This year, A Charlie Brown Christmas will air on Tuesday, December 8 at 7 p.m. Central Time.
To tide you over until then, here’s a classic scene set to one of Vince Guaraldi’s timeless compositions.