A Media Critique Casserole

April 19th

1. My new pet peeve: finding certain magazines on the newsstands before they are mailed to my house. Hello! I am a subscriber! I should get first priority, non?

2. Speaking of one such offender, the May issue of Martha Stewart Living is their 150th issue and is awesome. The staff has really outdone itself. Love it! Because of their persuasive photos and clear writing, I’m going to try to bake croissants from scratch this weekend. Tell me that isn’t insane? Regardless, bravo MSL gang!

3. I love the way Sandra Oh’s character on Grey’s Anatomy can convey so much by simply saying, “Seriously?”

4. Barney on How I Met Your Mother is just about as great as television characters come. This week’s scene stealing line was, “That’s the little cherry on top of the big cherry on top of the giant ice cream sundae of awesomeness that is my life.” This was the same episode that flashed back to the time he was leaving to Nicaragua for the Peace Corps. He is too funny. Although I can’t help but wonder when Wanda is going to come in and she and Doogie are going to run off into the sunset together.

5. I was listening to “Talk of the Nation” today on NPR and the topic was the current situation in Sudan. Samantha Power, goddess that she is, made a great point in that other countries have to step up to the plate. The US is already providing the majority of the funding the United Nations is using to support the 3 million refugees living in camps near the Chad border. It is time for France and China specifically to provide more funding (and in my opinion man power) to get this conflict under control. Let’s flash back to 1994, shall we, when another certain genocide was taking place a few thousand miles south of Sudan. After Rwanda, we all said we wouldn’t let this happen again. We wouldn’t ignore the Africans. Well guess what? It is happening again and this time it is worse. And the US isn’t exactly in the place to make a big push on the ground with troops in another country with an Arab jihad problem. So, France, China, are you listening? Please step up. Pronto.

6. I need a new novel to read. I’m dying under the weight of serious books for work about poverty and J.M. Coetzee’s “Elizabeth Costello” for pleasure. Oy.

7. I’m loving my ability to download podcasts to my iPod and have something interesting to listen to in the car. Anyone know who Brini Maxwell is? I’ve got her podcast and she is amusing to hear, but only because she is obnoxious. I think she might be a British domestic advice columnist?

~K

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  1. LOVE How I Met Your Mother. Hilarious. And that episode is great. Barney is my boyfriend. One time, when I was single, my mother called me and said, “I totally found the perfect guy for you last night. Neil Patrick Harris. He was on Jay Leno last night and he was so cute. I think you two would be perfect together.” (True story.)

  2. Have you read “The Time Traveler’s Wife?” It’s a beautiful novel.

  3. Speaking of Barney and Wanda..those are two actors (you know..Neil and …whatshername) who have not AGED AT ALL. I don’t remember where I saw her..but she looks exactly the same..

  4. Hi Kelli – I’ve seen the Brini Maxwell show on the Style channel and it’s a hoot – I think it’s supposed to be a spoof of Martha Stewart and the like. Anyway, Brini is really a he, not a she, and was born in Boston. Here’s a little more info… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brini_Maxwell

  5. when I need something great but not too heavy to read I re-read a Barbara Kinsover or some 1800 family saga [Forsyth Saga, the Way We Live Now, etc.]. Or my standby and personal fav, Watership Down.

    I keep forgetting to watch Grey’s! I really like that show [and Your Mother]. Great tv. Ouch… did I really just say that?

    🙂

  6. OMG – did you read Barney’s blog? Immediately made me laugh, and think back to you.

  7. Ok, yes, I must watch this Grey’s Anatomy that you speak of. In the FinnyKnits house we are extremely fond of CSI because Warrick Brown (on the Vegas one) is my boyfriend. Sometimes hubby watches CSI:Miami because the blonde chick is his girlfriend. We have a open relationship as long as he admits that CSI’s other than the Vegas One are stupid. Ok, I’m rambling…

    -I hate the magazine thing, too. I find that Sunset and Shape are the worst offenders. But since I gather magazine subscriptions like crazy, I’ll keep you updated.

    Good luck with the croissants, Frenchie.

  8. If you are truly looking for a light and fun novel, try Enchanted, Inc. by Shanna Swendson. The sequel is coming out this week and I am eagerly awaiting it!

  9. hey – i’m addicted to podcasts at the moment. what other podcasts are you listening to?

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