My family and I saw Green Day's American Idiot musical on Saturday. Gritty, powerful and real, it provides an intense window to the post-9/11 world through the amazing music and lyrics of Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool. Absolutely loved it. If it comes to your town, do not miss it!
I read The Lantern by Deborah Lawrenson in the fall, but never had the chance to tell you how wonderful it is here, probably because of my WOW! blog tour, the holidays and various other things that deride the best of intentions on a daily basis.
This is literature with a capital "L." A wonderful, old-school Gothic novel, this book firmly places you in Provence — the smells, the sights — by way of exquisite prose, all the while weaving a story worthy of a Bronte. I was so enthralled by this book, I wanted to light a lavender candle for Benedicte and Marthe right after I finished.
English period costume drama set in the gorgeous Highclere Castle with shades of Upstairs, Downstairs — what's not to love? But, Downton Abbey is so much more. It is superb British drama at its finest performed by a stellar cast.
And speaking of clever things, how about Simon Kearns' piece of flash fiction, Fugue No. 2, last Friday? Wasn't it a gorgeous exercise in language? There are a lot more fantastic pieces coming up on Flash Fiction Fridays. Stay tuned.
Well, thanks for learning about some of my new favorites. I hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day filled with all of the things (and people) you love.
P.S. Thanks so much to Leanne Dyck of The Sweater Curse for generously passing along a Versatile Blogger award. YAY!