Oh, it's Monday again. It's been Monday since I woke up, and I fear it may still be Monday when I wake up tomorrow.
Just been one of those days.
But, before I try to put today behind me, here's a peek at what I've been up to...pop culturally speaking.
- I've spent a lot of time over the last decade with Chicago's only professional wizard. Jim Butcher's urban fantasy series really sets the bar for what the genre can be. It's full of snark, spirit and spells, but without being overly geeky. So, I was especially pleased to get an advanced reader's copy of the new Harry Dresden short story collection, Brief Cases
. Collected from the live of the series, Brief Cases delivers a group of short stories featuring not only Harry, but other characters such as Butters, Molly Carpenter and Mouse doing what they do best. Especially fun was the trio of stories featuring Harry's interaction with a Bigfoot scion through three different stages of his life. While this is not an ideal jumping on point for new fans (too many spoilers), it is necessary reading for longtime fans of the series. Brief Cases
will hit bookstores tomorrow, June 5. Grab one early. You'll be glad you did.
- I don't really know why I've never seen this movie before. I like everyone involved. I just missed it. So, while home sick last week, I gave it a look. A strong performance from Matt Dillon really anchors this period piece about 1960s junkies who rob drug stores to satisfy their pill addiction. It's not for the squeamish, but certainly worth a watch if you are a Dillon or Van Sant fan.
- FXX's X-Men adjacent series has been accumulating on my DVR for a couple of months. Again, on a sick day, I thought I'd try to get caught up. Wrong! My head was too out of sorts to try to focus on this head trip. I like the series and their willingness to take changes and stretch the genre. I'll just have to wait until I'm more ready to watch.