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J LHLS Archives: June 2004

Saturday, June 12, 2004

Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
By Lynne Truss
Published by Gotham Books
240 pages; $17.50
ISBN: 1592400876

Reviewed by Laurel Sutton

Iíve been wanting a copy of this book ever since I read about it in a British newspaper, oh, around Christmas. Thought about spending the $25 or so that it would cost me to buy it via UK Amazon and decided to be patient and wait for it to be published in the US Ė and here it is! And I didnít have even have to buy my own copy because Burt got it for a present, autographed by the author, even, when she was reading at Codyís in Berkeley. [more]

Posted by Laurel Sutton @ 10:24 PM PST [Link]

Captain's Peril
By William Shatner and Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens
Published by Pocket Books; 400 pages, $6.99
ISBN: 0671021281

Reviewed by Laurel Sutton

Plot Summary: Kirk and Picard are buds. (Please continue to suspend your disbelief. I know, itís very hard.) They go on vacation together to Bajor (I know what youíre thinking and I want you to stop it right now) and solve a murder. Kirk remembers his first command crisis, when a crew member died on him. Other people die. Picard dies Ė no wait, he doesn't. There's a big squid that lives in an inland ocean and which is possessed by a Bajoran spirit. It's the last of its kind, but when Kirk rips out its innards, causing species extinction, that's a good thing. Then the galaxy turns into dust, or something; the book isn't too clear on that.

Posted by Laurel Sutton @ 09:51 PM PST [Link]

William Benson (?-2004), J LHLS's Poetry and Fiction Editor.

Posted by Editor @ 10:11 AM PST [Link]

Wednesday, June 9, 2004

Shrek 2

Reviewed by Laurel Sutton

Ginger and I are going to Comic-Con this summer and I am so excited because, among other special guests, June Foray will be there! June Foray is a legend in the world of voice work Ė her list of credits is a mile long and she (along with Bea Benaderet) did the female voices for all of the classic Warner Brothers cartoons of the 40s, 50s, and 60s. She has 150 voice credits in the IMDB! She was the glue for all the Jay Ward cartoons. All of her voices had depth, and feeling, and were funny as hell besides.

Cameron Diaz, who plays Fiona, is not June Foray. [more]

Posted by Laurel Sutton @ 09:22 PM PST [Link]

Sunday, June 6, 2004

When We Were Very Maakies
by Tony Millionaire
Fantagraphics Books, 91 pages

Reviewed by Tom Good

Don't be fooled by the fact that the main characters are cute animals. Gabby the monkey and Drinky Crow would never be allowed in a Disney movie, but they would probably sneak in, get drunk, and cause trouble if they could. When We Were Very Maakies is a collection of single page black-and-white strips starring these two delinquents in a series of short, strange adventures.

Maakies has a large range of content, from bodily function jokes to poetry to philosophical musings. In one strip, Gabby finds a tree and happily saws it down. Unknown to him, the tree happened to be home to a beautiful bird sitting on a nest full of eggs. When the tree comes crashing down, the nest is destroyed and the bird flies away in terror. Oblivious to this, Gabby continues with his work: he takes the wood from the tree and uses it to build a birdhouse.

Posted by Tom Good @ 09:17 PM PST [Link]

Went to see "A Day Without a Mexican" and loved it.


Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 04:02 PM PST [Link]

House of Bush, House of Saud
By Craig Unger
Publisher: Scribner
ISBN: 074325337X

Reviewed by Lynn Loper

I ought to define where I stand before I say what I think about Craig Unger's "House of Bush, House of Saud". Under the Bush II administration, I've descended to levels of cynicism I wouldn't have believed possible a few years ago. I was always the optimistic, hopeful one who believed in that people are basically good, basically driven by the desire to do the best for mankind.

Now I'm at the 'They all work for the same company. What's the difference?' point when I think about electoral politics. The politics that matter, I think, happen on levels we don't see, and are entirely driven by the desire of a few people for money and power over others; evil people who don't live in the same world I live in at all.

And the conclusion I carried away from "House of Bush, House of Saud" was oddly reassuring. Almost soothing.

Posted by Lynn Loper @ 02:27 PM PST [Link]

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