Wow, we got through the second season of Mad Men on DVD. Amazing TV! This is some of the best written, best acted TV that we have seen in the last few years: and that places it among some of our favorites such as Deadwood, Battlestar Galactica, and Rome. The character of Dick Whitman/Don Draper is fascinating, and the ending of Season Two had some great storylines. A must-see TV show: it's almost worth subscribing to cable just to watch Season Three!
This fascinating book covers many things about lobsters and humans: the economics/politics of lobster fishing and the ecology/societal habits/mating behavior of lobsters, as uncovered by scientists starting in the 1990's. A great story: and lobsters societies sure sound a lot like primate societies, in that they are dominated by alpha males.
We saw "Table Manners", the "first" of the three plays in this intertwined trilogy. Hilarious, biting, and a dark commentary on relationships: this was a viciously funny play. It was fun to see Ben Miles (Patrick from the BBC TV show Coupling) in real life!
We had dinner prior to seeing a show (see my later post) at this excellent Japanese restaurant. The sushi was really well done, and the service was really good. The restaurant was almost empty, though: a sign of the times, I suppose. Several restaurants that we like have already closed in the last few months, such as Maroons and Ghenet.
More TV watching on DVD. This show from the 1990's is charming, and some of the episodes were really fun to watch. The second season felt a little more up-and-down than the first season, though. My favorite episodes were the ones where Benton gets involved with his boss, Margaret Thatcher. Apparently Benton's dog (Diefenbaker) is named after a Canadian PM: fun naming choices!
This compelling book about medicine is definitely worth a read. The author is a surgeon in the Harvard system, and he talks about the difficulties in improving the medical profession: doctors' behavior, systematic organizational effects, litigiousness, etc. If you care about medicine in the US, you should read this book.
This collection of Jonathan Franzen's essays is worth reading. I greatly enjoyed his essay about the Chicago post office, and his willingness to dig deep into his own writing and motivations is fascinating to read. Some of his analysis of William Gaddis and other postmodern writing is pretty dry, although funny (in a weird sort of way).
We ate here on our anniversary: good food, and an interesting menu, if mildly pricey. Overall, we enjoyed the dining; the restaurant was packed and a bit noisy, though. Although the food was good, though, it was not the best food we've had in NYC: the even pricier restaurants that we've been to are better (for example, Gramercy Park Tavern, Morimoto).
We have slowly watched the first season of Torchwood, which is set in the Doctor Who universe. The production values are not very high, but the writing is interesting. They vary from character exploration to horror stories (a la The Twilight Zone). Worth watching, if you're into science fiction.