This Milk-Bone marketing fail:
For the Fido who is watching his waistline. Bring him home the low-cal treat he really craves.
And if the caloric statement isn’t enough to make you pause and raise your eyebrows into your hairline (it was for me), the grammatical error surely is. Because unless that happy Beagle’s name is Mini and she is the owner or creator of the portion controlled Milk-Bones, there should be no possessive involved.
I cannot explain why Nigel Thornberry’s head placed on any body never ceases to be hilarious. It is simply so.
This daily dose of literary magic:
Every single day of the year, The Writer’s Almanac website posts a poem and a series of “this day in history” stories (mostly related to writers). I’ve been an email subscriber for a few years now, and so my daily literary comfort arrives in my inbox at precisely 12:45 a.m. If you choose, you can listen to the recording (on the W.A. website or via iTunes podcast) instead of reading the page yourself.
Garrison Keillor, lord of radio, narrates.
I’ve read a great deal of literature concerning Nicholas and Alexandra and their family. I’ve been fascinated with them since a young age, and have consciously tried to learn everything I can about their story. That being said, it took me longer than it should have to get around to reading Massie’s take, especially since his biography is one of the most frequently cited.
I’ve included Nicholas and Alexandra in my favorites because it is such an exhaustive account of N&A’s childhoods, their reign, the Russian Revolution, their abdication, and their deaths. Massie has a talent for writing about immensely complex events and people using plain, approachable style. I like that in a biographer.
There were some things I didn’t like so much, however. Firstly, Massie’s determination to dramatically point out every bit of irony, coincidence, and “if only.” Secondly, the lack of attention given to the grand duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Anastasia, and Maria. I realize that since they weren’t able to inherit the throne, they were considered less important than their brother, but that’s exactly what has always made the grand duchesses fascinating to me: four beautiful, intelligent, über sheltered young women, murdered for no reason other than that they were the daughters of the former emperor and empress of Russia. It’s the worst part of the tragedy.
I had not read the book. I was unprepared for Anna Karenina’s sudden and violent end. I shrieked aloud and immediately felt that the English major gods were ashamed of me for not having known what was coming.
Joe Wright (Pride and Prejudice, Atonement) is one of my favorite directors, but I was happy to see him take greater risks with this film than I’ve seen him take before. At the end of the film you will feel (A.O. Scott (NY Times review) says it best):
“Dazzled, touched and a bit tired. But, really, you should feel as if you had been hit by a train.”