Shiny Objects

Why yes, I am easily distracted by shiny things and Cher. Again.

Why yes, I am easily distracted by shiny things and Cher. Again.

Have I ever told you how much I love Cher? Well, I love her! I know, I know, I bring her up again and again. 

How can I not? She’s 72 years old and doing what she loves. She’s everywhere: on movie screens in Mamma Mia 2, on stage in Chicago and coming soon to Broadway The Cher Show musical, on iTunes and every other music streaming site with her soon-to-be-released new album of ABBA covers, on television with interviews on the Today Show and Ellen, AND now she is touring . . . AGAIN.  (Guess what I’m doing February 8?)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Oooh look at these shiny objects . . .

  • If you’re tired of Cher, here’s the other thing that was distracting me this week. Learning more and more about it.
  • While I wasn’t that much of a Burt Reynolds fan, it’s sad to hear of the iconic actor’s passing. Best known for his popular action comedies like Smokey and the Bandit, his impressive filmography includes substantial movies such as Deliverance—an intense and risky movie at the time.
  • The trailer for this movie looks pretty good.
  •  My dream house on the east coast
  • “Holy shit!” was my reaction when I saw this.
  • Yet another reason to love libraries. 
  • How important is it to conserve sounds? This cool online museum does just that for vanishing and endangered sounds.
  • Because this is good news and this too.
  • Because this made me laugh, particularly the elevator scene.

I’ve been reading . . . There There by Tommy Orange, The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr, Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, and The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin.

Finished There There, Outliers, and The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, all of which I liked for different reasons.

There, There is a debut novel by Tommy Orange that tells the story of “urban Natives,” that is, Native Americans living Oakland. Orange shares the lives of many different people. each chapter focused on a different person, and at the end, we see how their lives connect. But how they connect isn’t the real story. The real story is the lives of each urban Native. And their lives aren’t happy or fun. At times, the novel is disturbing and upsetting. It’s not a comfortable read but it’s well written and engaging.

Outliers is Malcolm Gladwell’s book about the story of success and what factors contribute to successful people. I enjoy and appreciate Gladwell’s engaging writing style and his relevant research. His books make me think and, even better, I don’t feel like there is ever any extraneous content. He gets to the heart of the matter.

The Stories Life of A.J. Fikry is exactly what I needed. After reading too many intense or uncomfortable books, I needed something light yet good. This book fit the bill. It’s a love letter to bookstores and booklovers and that made me happy. Sure, it is full of clichés but sometimes I just don’t care. And in this case, I didn’t. The writing and story were good enough to keep me reading. Did I think there were story leaps and undeveloped characters and parts to the story? Yes, and I still didn’t care. I think because I was overwhelmed by the previous books I had read and because I am such a booklover, that’s why I liked this book.

I’ve been watching . . . nothing really, thus, the reason I’ve finished so many books this week.

I’ve been listening to . . . well, who do you think I’ve been listening to? (Hint: She’s the topic of this post.)



(Cher photograph

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