Monday, May 24, 2010

Monday, May 24, 2010
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Rainy, foggy, cooler

I feel like I’ve done nothing but sleep this weekend. Well, I’ve read and cooked,too,but that’s about it.

Saturday morning, I went to Reading Terminal Market, which far exceeded my expectations. The food stalls are wonderful, fresh, and reasonably priced. I found both Herbiary and Spice Market and stocked up on herbs and spices I used to get at Aphrodesia, but can’t because they went out of business. I think I’ve got enough to get me through until my next trip down in July. I’ll keep a running list and re-stock then. I got a few things I don’t really need, but want to play with in recipes, too. I got some lovely baked goods at one of the organic baking stalls and an iced coffee for the walk home at Old City Coffee — which was really, really good. Philadelphia has lots of small, independent coffee brands, and most of them are very good.

I finished THE QUEEN IN WINTER — Sharon Monette’s novella “A Gift of Wings” was lovely and I definitely want to read more of her work.

I wandered over to Barnes & Noble on Rittenhouse Square in the afternoon, picking up Ann Aguirre’s HELL FIRE and the anthology WINTER MOON, which has novellas by Mercedes Lackey, Tanith Lee, and CE Murphy. The Ann Aguirre book was supposed to be my treat for finishing the next assignment for Confidential Job #1, but really, who am I kidding? I read most of it on Saturday afternoon and evening, and finished it Sunday morning. It’s the second Corinne Solomon book, and they’re both just fantastic. I’m really looking forward to the third next year.

Pizza for dinner, more reading and some yoga in the evening. To bed fairly early, and slept in on Sunday.

I don’t understand how Comcast can get away with sucking as badly as they do. I couldn’t get online at all on Sunday morning. I finally managed a bit in the afternoon.

Wandered to Borders to use my “bucks” that were only good this weekend — and that I didn’t find out about until AFTER I got back from B&N! Had a hard time finding something I wanted, but finally settled on DANCE OF DEATH by Douglas Preston and Lawrence Child. Started it — instead of the assignment for Confidential Job #1. The multiple (and I mean MULTIPLE) POVs get tiring sometimes, especially when it’s a character in whose POV we only are for a single chapter. There’s a LOT of plot — supposedly, it’s a stand alone, but I get the feeling it would make more sense if I read the earlier books.

It got me thinking, though, that I’ve been submitting/pitching TRACKING MEDUSA in the wrong genre — in spite of the many trappings, ultimately, it’s a mystery, not a weird hybrid I’ve been trying to slot.

Okay, LOST. (SPOILER ALERT). My big response was, “Really?”

The ending was what I expected, although how they got there wasn’t. As usual, I enjoyed individual scenes and the actors, and whole didn’t add up for me. If I’d remained emotionally invested for the whole six years, I would have been angry. Fine, so the whole thing is Jack’s death fantasy/search for redemption in his final moment of life after the crash so he goes “into the light” instead of elsewhere. Okay, fine, it’s not like we hadn’t figured that was the probability years ago. But the way they got there basically negated the season. They spent so much time with Jacob & his brother, going on and on about good and evil butting against each other, and,the whole series, they played with the idea that both are slightly ambiguous, and we need both in order to survive. Too much evil OR too much good and the balance is lost (no pun intended) and it’s all over. And then they just dropped it. Jack anoints Hurley — without the incantation? Really? The whole Dharma Initiative subplot is simply dropped. And, while I’m glad the characters “found” each other and “remembered” in the sideways line, it got a little treacly for me. I spent a lot of time eye-rolling. The whole ending in the church filling with light, frankly, I found offensive. They spent so much time debating the power of Nature and end it in an effing church. They pretended to be philosophical and open-thinking and alternative and then descended back into the same old claptrap. Negated so much of what was unique and wonderful about the show. Looked like the church scene out of HAIR.

Several years ago, the creators promised it wouldn’t be like the really bad season of DALLAS, that turned out to be a dream. This may not have been, technically, a dream, but it was close enough to prove they lied and jerked us around yet again.

I’m glad the dog was there with Jack for the last moment, though. A lot of people have criticized that, but I liked it.

I think, for the actors, it was satisfying, and I’m glad, because they poured a lot into this. And it was the creators’ vision, not mine,so, oh, well. They broke my trust in the 3rd season and never won my trust back. I watched, piecemeal, since, and watched this season, and fine, it’s over, let’s move on, and I hope the actors and creators find many fulfilling projects down the line. This will always be special to all of them, and they’ll be earning residuals for the rest of their lives.

BITCH had an interesting essay on how the writers failed the character of Kate, which I think is very well done. i hadn’t entirely thought of it from that perspective, but it articulates a lot of my frustrations. Of course, now that we know it was all Jack’s perspective on Kate, not Kate herself, it makes more sense. And Gawker has a very funny rant.

Anyway, I’ve got laundry to do, packing to finish, and, hopefully, some writing to work on. I leave in the early afternoon and will be home tonight. I don’t know whether to laugh or sigh at the fact that it takes longer to get from Penn Station to my apartment than from Philadelphia to NY.

Devon

7 Comments

  1. I lost interest in Lost after the second series (I’ve followed most of it through your blog!) but I can’t believe it all came down to that.

    Kind of disappointing really, when I was expecting to hear of huge twists and people talking about it for the right reason in the office the next day. Shame, as it seemed to have scope to be much more than it seemed to have achieved.

  2. Colin, the second season was their mulligan season. It was awful.

    The dog was there at the very beginning with Jack, too. I think he came running up and licked Jack’s face then too, didn’t he? I wasn’t so disappointed in it. Maybe it’s because of the emotional place I am right now with someone in my past dying, but it was reinforcing and felt good. Sure, they screwed up here and there, but in general they gave us one hell of a ride and proved that good writing matters – or that even mediocre scenes are better than those damned reality shows.

    About book stores – there’s a great used book store across the street from Christ Church – Market and Second. Two floors and tons of selections. If you have time in July, I’ll meet you there. 🙂

  3. LOST–I’m glad I never got into that show. My best friend liked it and I watched a few of the 1st season episodes with her–but even then, it didn’t hold me, and I had the feeling that they were all really dead anyway. d:

  4. We don’t watch Lost and to me it’s fascinating to hear people’s reactions to the show and now the show ending. It sounds as though you’ve enjoyed your trip. I hope the trip home is pleasant.

  5. Hi Devon .. food markets etc and your walk through the Mall .. sound fun .. just relaxing and switching off,while being assaulted by the sights, smells and sounds from the market stalls and little shops – glad you had a recovering time .. Hilary

  6. The spoilers were already all over Facebook, but like Colin I lost interest in LOST at series 2 and never really got back into it. Nor did I bother to read what other people thought. I think a lot of series should stick to the first one and go out on a high. I’m always disappointed in the next one, *NEW* SONS OF ANARCHY being a current case in point. One of our longest running most successful sit-coms lost my interest 25 years ago too (ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES for those in the know). I lost interest in HEROES too, but I think that was actually more to do with the writers’ industrial action.

    Funnily enough, the mystery dramas keep my interest, even long after the original character has passed on and been replaced (TAGGART being one case in point here in the UK, but at least they changed it to LEWIS instead of INSPECTOR MORSE when John Thaw passed away). I think they’re about to do something similar to MIDSOMER MURDERS because John Nettles wants to retire. But I went right off DALLAS when they brought Bobby back from the dead.

  7. I never really got to watch “Lost” and that is probably why I am not a fan of it. I am a huge fan of Reading Terminal Market though. I always enjoy a trip to this place and I always love reading about it. Thanks for sharing! 

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