June 5th, 2007

little review

Poem for Tuesday

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Relatively uneventful Monday except for huge afternoon thunderstorm and accompanying power flickers that stopped me from writing an article on Star Trek comics, quel dommage (I did finish the ones on Patrick Stewart's planned Merchant of Venice movie and the particle transporter). Amused son by finding Jeff Bridges, who is in Surf's Up -- which I will unquestionably be seeing this weekend -- quoted as saying that penguins are taking over the world, or at least Hollywood. In the evening we went to pick up the van, which fortunately only needed minor repairs to the air conditioning and not the entire cooling system replaced, then went to IHOP because we were right next door...eggs benedict can improve any evening even if, like me, you eat it without the Canadian bacon. Stopped at World Market on the way home, found fabulous nag champa incense set in wooden shadow box for $8; no Nestle Aero bars, but Cadbury Dairy Milk and UK Twinings tea for all.

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Watched the last episode for the season of The Tudors while folding laundry...continuing in the vein of rewriting history however the writers see fit, this installment has Wolsey do something historically preposterous (and excuses it by having Henry tell the only person who knows about it that no one else must ever know of it). But the episode redeems itself by its fascinating portrayal of Sir Thomas More -- hero of A Man For All Seasons and so many other stories in which Henry's lusts and Wolsey's greed establish them firmly as the villains -- as a religious fanatic obsessed with forcing his perspective on God and the Church upon everyone else, which is far scarier than Henry just wanting the power to do what he wants without Rome meddling or his people losing their affection for him. I find it ironic that the only character I have really liked in the series is the one always portrayed as the conservative old prude with the despicable bigoted parents: Catherine of Aragon.