What a combination, huh? Makes you want to run to the medicine cabinet and get that bottle of Pepto Bismol.
Yesterday I traveled up to the Santa Clarita Valley once more. But this time it wasn't to do research or interview anyone for the Movies in the Santa Clarita Valley series. No...this time my best friend Kris and I dared to do something very, very dangerous....
Believe it or not, we went to the mall and lived to tell the tale. We even had sushi at the Food Court (something that some people may think is the most dangerous activity of all). But it actually was very good - a step above the sushi you find prepackaged at the supermarket (NEVER again, I said after the last time) and just below one of your finer sushi restaurants where you pay $3 for a piece of tuna. This was pretty good.
The short story is that it was crowded, but not so crowded that it was unbearable. Kohl's, in fact, was downright deserted at 3 in the afternoon. We found a lot of really good deals in that store, too. Macy's was ho-hum when it came to bargains, however.
Anyway, here are some of my recommendations for good places to visit in the cyber world today, in case you get overloaded on college football. (The great rivalry between USC and UCLA is being played out today...guaranteed it'll be viewed on a few television sets here in So Cal).
First of all, Paul Brazill's guest blogger today is Joseph Grant, who writes a great essay on the latest fad in the publishing world of taking classics and throwing zombies, vampires, etc. into the mix. Grant isn't too pleased with the trend, and neither am I. Sheer laziness, if you ask me, on the part of the writer.
Another great series is at The Night Editor, Jake Hinson's great blog. Right now he's exploring Color Noir, films that may have been considered great noir films, but they're in color. Jake asks the question "can a color film be a film noir, or is noir defined by sharply delineated chiaroscuro cinematography?"
And finally, if you're into reading some great essays about current events, you can't miss my friend Kimberly's Type Like the Wind blog. She's got some great essays over there and links to articles in the New York Times and the New Yorker. Makes me almost want to re-subscribed to the New Yorker, but then they'd start arriving every week and piling up unread, generating all those guilty feelings again....