Here's my list for Five Things Friday:
Glamorama. Bret Easton Ellis has once again hooked me with his storytelling prowess. Victor is seriously the worst. He's a male model who is obsessed with his looks, hanging out with the who's who of the celebrity world, and pretty much living his life in a fog. I've barely started the book and can already tell I'm going to hate Victor. And yet, I want to read all about him. This book is vintage Ellis. Its clever, vicious, and hilarious. All the name-dropping makes my head spin at times, but I can easily imagine these 'celebrity' models talking/thinking in such a manner. Oh, and the nineties music and pop culture that drips from the pages is terrific - brings back so many memories. I am seriously crushing so hard on this book. In fact, I'm wondering why I waited so long to read it.
The Walking Dead. Daryl is in hell. Dwight's story was revealed. Negan is still Negan. Last week's episode showed us what life at the Sanctuary was like for Negan's saviors. Apparently, Dwight's role in Negan's world allows him to take whatever he wants. He's also in charge of breaking Daryl. We learn that Dwight and his family left the Sanctuary, but came back. As a result of this malfeasance, Negan was going to kill Dwight. However, Sherry (Dwight's wife) stopped Negan by offering herself to him. She's now 'married' to Negan. Of course, Negan just loves throwing his relationship with Sherry in Dwight's face. This back story is supposed to make up feel badly for Dwight. It didn't work for me. I don't care for Dwight at all. I hated when he gave Daryl the photo of Glenn with his head smashed in. I know why he did it, but it only made me dislike him even more. I just hope that Daryl gets reunited with his crew soon. Looks like this upcoming episode has Negan heading to Alexandria. I can't wait to find out how Rick and the gang are faring after their encounter with Negan. I really hope they are plotting revenge. I want to see Rick show Negan that he's not afraid. Not sure that will happen so soon in the season though.
London Review of Books. I'm really enjoying my subscription to this literary magazine. I love the content - its smart, fresh, and thought-provoking. There are essays, criticisms, poems, etc. I find myself dipping in and out of it throughout the week. I love the way it affects me - making me want to read even more. I have a new list of books that I now want/need to read, because of the LRB. I signed up on a whim and now I'm so happy that I did. I'm thinking of subscribing to Granta now, too. What do you think? What literary magazines do you read? Which do you recommend?
The election. Its over and done. America has voted (or not) for their new President and so it goes... I am beyond sad that HRC didn't win. I have grudgingly accepted that Trump won. I am trying to remain optimistic, although watching the news makes it hard. My family, friends and I have all experienced racism and sexism over the years, so all of these news reports about what is happening is not new to me. Its always happened. This is our America.
And now, I will be listening to Hamilton on repeat. I need some inspiring music to cheer me up.