What I’m reading/watching now….

re: Thomas viewing — Sir Topham Hat = Peter Principle Poster Child

Had the surprise — for a second time perhaps — of recognizing Angelo Muscat as one of the Oompa Loompas in Willy Wonka last night. He’s most clearly seen during the egg scene. He’s best known as a butler sort of fellow in The Prisoner, being one of the very few recurring characters.

Gave up on Bulwer-Lytton’s underground civiliation book “The Coming Race.” It was like someone’s incredibly detailed backstory and notes for a story- – just without the story. I tried skipping ahead to see if they were actually coming, but couldn’t get that far.

I just read “The Man Who Knew Too Much” by G.K. Chesterton. Apparently this has nothing to do with the Hitchcock movies and, in fact, the title has a different meaning. I wonder  if, at the time, this struck people as a really fresh, compelling detective story. Today, it’s a little stale except, of course, for the ending which is if anything more surprising after all these years of Murder She Wrote, etc…

I’ve got a little interview with Singing Cowboy Buck Howdy over at Geekdad.

I’m reading “From Lion to Eagle,” the autobiography of an acquaintance of mine who survived the Nazi-occupation of Rotterdam and eventually made his way to the U.S. When we think about WWII we gloss over the suffering in Holland if we think of it at all. This book recalls in detail a boyhood completely alien to my own. Years of hunger, danger, fear and betrayal by one’s neighbors. An amazing story — especially so when I think of meeting this jolly fellow here in America. It is a great non-fiction, all-text companion to The Arrival.

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