The Next Secretary of Defense Will Be…?

Reports surfaced today that President Donald Trump is considering Jim Webb, former Secretary of the Navy and later Senator from Virginia, to replace Jim Mattis as Secretary of Defense. Mattis, famously, resigned in protest a few days before Christmas due to the president’s abrupt announcement of a troop withdrawal from Syria. Webb would be anContinue reading “The Next Secretary of Defense Will Be…?”

A Long Way Down

Yesterday afternoon I was cleaning up my bookshelves, and I took a moment and looked at my shelf of Nick Hornby books, as one does: his novels (except the latest, Funny Girl, which I’ve not picked up), his screenplay for An Education, his book on music, even some of the Polysymphonic Spree books. As IContinue reading “A Long Way Down”

A Christmastime Visit to the Cemetery

Earlier last week I took a short trip to Baltimore’s Loudon Park Cemetery, where my great-grandparents, three of my great-grandfather’s siblings, and his mother are buried. The Baltimore area received about three and a half inches of rain over the weekend (from mid-day Friday to Sunday evening), and, since the cemetery floods, I wanted toContinue reading “A Christmastime Visit to the Cemetery”

Christmas in the Shire

Last night, for no particular reason, I watched the first of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.  (Thoughts on the trilogy as a whole here.)  Watching it brought to mind a satirical video I’d seen years ago of the Rankin-Bass Hobbit Christmas special that should have been.  Was it still online?  AContinue reading “Christmas in the Shire”

The Downton Abbey Movie Teaser Trailer

The teaser trailer for next autumn’s Downton Abbey movie dropped yesterday.  Let’s take a look, shall we? There is not much there.  Lovely shots of Totleigh Towers… err, I mean, Downton Abbey there.  Lots of shadow, lots of light.  Shots that could have been stock footage from the original television series.  Some crane pans (orContinue reading “The Downton Abbey Movie Teaser Trailer”