Monday, May 22, 2006

A Case of the Mondays

I think I've already used this title for a posting, but I like it so it might become a regular.

First off, I had a great weekend in D.C. as my little sister graduated from George Washington University. Though I don't think I can refer to her as "little" anymore since, based on the vodka in her freezer and boxed wine in her fridge, she drank more cheap liquor than I did in my college tenure. And cheap liquor is the true sign of an adult who appreciates good value.

G.W. had three very intriguing commencement speakers, in Sumner Redstone and George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush, the impetus being they wanted speakers who combined have more money than Europe, Asia and Marc Cuban combined. Redstone spoke about how, at 82, his best work is yet to come (which means another 67 seasons of "The Mind of Mencia").

And with such a politically charged campus, I thought George Sr. and Babs would hear more of a mixed reaction (i.e. get booed off campus), but they were funny, smart, sincere, and George had the line of the night when he told Barbara, "You know you actually kind of look like George Washington." They're taking their husband and wife comedy act on a 50-city tour later this year, try the veal.

I'm also reading ANGELS & DEMONS by Dan Brown, which...I'm actually enjoying. Really. More than I did THE DA VINCI CODE (maybe because with ANGELS I had low expectations to begin with). One thing I've learned about Dan Brown, is that he doesn't write very well but he writes about interesting things. Or as Dan would write:

"My God!" he exclaimed, his words puncutating the silence like a bolt of lighting. "These things...these things are interesting!"

"My God!" she replied, inquisitiveness shining through her face like a light bulb in the darkness of time. "Holy mother of Jesus, what do we do?"

"I don't know," he said, furrowing his brow into a tight, inquisitve knot like the ones sailors use to tie ropes. "But if we don't find the Jehosaphat Stone in fourteen minutes, the entire Catholic Church will go up in flames! My God!"

"My God!"

And of course BEA was this weekend, with news coming out that Oprah Winfrey and Bob Greene are collaborating on a fitness book for which Simon and Schuster allegedly paid the highest advance for a non-fiction book ever. Which leads me to wonder, who will be writing the book: Skinny Oprah or Fat Oprah?

I also want to give a shout out to J.T. Ellison, who just agreed to a book deal with MIRA for three crime novels about a Nashville detective and FBI profiler couple. I'm happy about this for two reasons. First, J.T. writes for the terrific Murderati blog. Second, in the last 2 months MIRA has signed up myself, J.T., and Dagger award-winning Scottish author Paul Johnston whom I've heard terrific things about.

MIRA is really poised to break out in the thriller/crime genre, and are building a wonderful stable of authors to cement that. Just good times all around.

And from the files of "Why the New York Post Gets No Respect--And Doesn't Deserve Any," check out this story from Keith Kelly. I've never heard of this James Grisham guy, but he sounds awfully familiar...


Blogger Marco AurĂ©lio said...


The president of my country seems to say another language that not it mine. I did not obtain to decipher what it wanted to say yesterday. If you it will be able to help to understand it me I will be very been thankful. It gives one looked at in that please it said and tries to explain me.

Until briefing

9:52 AM  
Blogger s.w. vaughn said...

Errr... Jason, methinks it's time to turn on word verification. Unless of course Marco Aurelio there is your close personal friend. :-)

Congrats to your little sister, and to JT! And how fascinating to have had the opportunity to listen to two out of four Bushes! If only Dubya and Jeb were there.

You've got Dan Brown nailed there. He writes big and loose. Now go forth and recover. :-)

9:56 AM  
Blogger JT Ellison said...

Shout back at ya!
I graduated from GW as well. Small world.
Need I say Mira rocks, for all these above reasons, and then some? The world isn't going to know what hit them.
Glad you had save travels!

4:50 PM  

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