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by David Loftus
Wed Mar 07, 2012 12:16 am
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: "Grimm"
Replies: 15
Views: 24688

"Grimm"

This is the third and latest television show to be shot in Portland of late, after "Leverage" and "Portlandia." I have done extra work on six episodes of "Leverage," which runs on the TNT network, and have not landed any work with the sketch comedy series "Portland...
by David Loftus
Thu Oct 27, 2011 11:19 am
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Whatcha reading?
Replies: 2033
Views: 313884

Re: Whatcha reading?

I did a reading of Richard Matheson at "Story Time for Grownups" last year. I've found him extremely uneven: when he's good, he's very very good, but all too often he's not. Many of his short stories are solid, and the novels I Am Legend and The Shrinking Man are must reads. Of his late st...
by David Loftus
Thu Oct 27, 2011 11:14 am
Forum: General
Topic: Boy the Way ...
Replies: 9
Views: 7616

Re: Boy the Way ...

Totally way-cool awesome! Congrats!

You should be advised, however, that introductions to the work of Harlan Ellison are not recommended prior to the age of 4.
by David Loftus
Sat Jun 25, 2011 10:30 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Woody Allen's latest
Replies: 3
Views: 8913

Woody Allen's latest

This isn't a review of "Midnight in Paris," -- if you want to know what the movie's about or who all's in it, read one of the established reviewers' pieces. I just wanted to put my thoughts down someplace after watching the thing this afternoon, and this seemed as good a place as any. I re...
by David Loftus
Sat Jun 25, 2011 9:58 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Whatcha reading?
Replies: 2033
Views: 313884

Re: Whatcha reading?

Just read Naguib Mahfouz's _Palace Walk_, the first volume of his Cairo Trilogy, for one of my book groups (I'm in three now). Kind of like Jane Austen in that it's a totally alien culture that takes a little while to get into, but once he's got you sucked in, you're in. Set in Cairo in 1917-18. He ...
by David Loftus
Sat Jun 25, 2011 9:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Depression
Replies: 667
Views: 203584

Re: Depression

I would also quickly find a lot of sunshine and heat terribly oppressive. It's amazing how bright an overcast sky can be, certainly around here.

Don't know whether that's what makes me an Oregonian or Oregon made me that way, but there it is.
by David Loftus
Mon May 30, 2011 6:02 pm
Forum: General
Topic: You probably REALLY REALLY want to read this one. Really.
Replies: 55
Views: 34702

Re: You probably REALLY REALLY want to read this one. Really.

Sorry I wandered off for a long stretch right while this whole thing was developing. I've written Rick privately to express my provisional support. I don't know that I'm in much of a position to provide significant content or financing, but I'm always available to do fact checking, editing, and proo...
by David Loftus
Mon May 30, 2011 5:56 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Whatcha reading?
Replies: 2033
Views: 313884

Re: Whatcha reading?

Travel writings of Jack London and Mark Twain (The Innocents Abroad, and A Tramp Abroad) for an upcoming library performance. Cutting For Stone, the new darling of book discussion groups, for one of my book groups. Coming up for the other book groups (I've just joined a third) are Naguib Mahfouz's P...
by David Loftus
Mon May 30, 2011 5:51 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Webderland Wine Seminar
Replies: 277
Views: 124182

Re: Webderland Wine Seminar

Here's what I thought of the retsina I encountered in Greece: "Another strong alcoholic beverage is retsina, which is on the very sweet side and did not appeal much to me. One homemade version I had in a taverna in Meteora (in the central mountains) had an odd aftertaste I can only liken to the...
by David Loftus
Mon May 30, 2011 5:48 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Wathcya watchin'?
Replies: 1642
Views: 335561

Re: Wathcya watchin'?

Just started watching the initial episodes of "Mad Men" and "Firefly," both of which are very interesting and entertaining, in very different ways.
by David Loftus
Wed Apr 06, 2011 12:14 am
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Wathcya watchin'?
Replies: 1642
Views: 335561

Re: Wathcya watchin'?

I've been checking out "Body of Proof," the new Dana Delaney series in which she plays a former neurosurgeon who screwed up, resigned, and is now working as a medical examiner for the City of Philadelphia. Mainly, Carole's loyal to Delaney because when "China Beach" was running, ...
by David Loftus
Tue Apr 05, 2011 11:45 pm
Forum: General
Topic: THE PAVILION ANNEX
Replies: 9947
Views: 1936108

Re: THE PAVILION ANNEX

Well, I'm glad I missed that last dustup, whatever it was. Steve, you know you've been a nonpareil at trying to keep this gang of misfits in line. And yes, more and more, folks are going to realize it's a zero-sum game responding to Frank. I did it for years. Now I don't do it anymore 'cause it's be...
by David Loftus
Sun Mar 27, 2011 12:43 am
Forum: General
Topic: SCIENCE VS RELIGION
Replies: 8451
Views: 842602

Re: SCIENCE VS RELIGION

I've found plenty of community in the family of humans without any need for the extra hooey.
by David Loftus
Tue Mar 22, 2011 9:55 am
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Whatcha reading?
Replies: 2033
Views: 313884

Re: Whatcha reading?

"The iPad is increasingly becoming abusiness tool..." Abusiness. Oh, I like that! For those of you who haven't already seen the link on the Pavvy, I've just uploaded a commentary about the anti-Zen aspects of hand-helds (which is NOT my promised piece on Kindles and books -- not yet): http...
by David Loftus
Sun Mar 20, 2011 1:06 am
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Whatcha reading?
Replies: 2033
Views: 313884

Re: Whatcha reading?

Steve wrote: "However, I've just ordered an iPad2 with the expressed intent to buy a bunch of ebooks..." Carole requested a Kindle for her holiday gift last December, so I got her one. She's been singing its praises ever since, so I've learned a lot about what makes it appealing . . . but ...

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