November 11, 2011

The Weeklies #193

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The Weekly Thing I'm Trying Not To Forget. Flossing.

The Weekly Music. After years of bad behavior, Oasis finally called it quits last year. I always liked Oasis but I wouldn't call myself a huge fan. For whatever reason I was enamored with the idea of Noel Gallagher's new effort Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds. I downloaded it on Tuesday when it hit the virtual shelves and immediately gave it a listen. How is it? It's pretty darn good Oasis-like British rock. It's nothing short of refreshing to hear such well-crafted rock and roll complete with the occasional string section and horns to punctuate the already vibrant music here. It's not going to be number one on my list of 2011 releases but it's going to chart.

The Weekly TV Show. I am completely and utterly absorbed in The Walking Dead. We waited a good long while to give the show a shot. I wasn't expecting to like it. I was so, so wrong. Yes, it's gory and scary and a bit over the top but what makes it so incredible is the writing. It is so brilliantly written, so clever, and so character-driven you get sucked in almost instantly. We finished the first season in a matter of days and have moved on to the second season airing now.

The Weekly Read. I have a soft spot for Lee Child's Jack Reacher series. It defies all logic. You know what you're going to get - a wandering hero, a small town, rampant injustice. The novels are all formulaic yet they're all incredibly good. The Affair was no exception. In it we find a younger Reacher just before the end of his career as a military cop. Then we find a small town and rampant injustice as we all knew we would. There's no reason to keep falling for the formula yet I do and it works again and again. The Affair is pretty darn good and a great place to start if you're interested in Lee Child's novels...not that there's any particular order to them.

The Weekly Kid Joke Stylings. Knock-knock.

The Weekly Controversial Statement. The events at Penn State this week are a perfect example of the fact that big money-making sports programs often cause people to look the other way.

The Weekly Question. Did Penn State handle their mess correctly? What should happen from here on out?

Posted by Chris at November 11, 2011 7:17 AM

The whole Penn State biz has been dominating talk at work too....because I work in a large public library and am often the go to person in charge, it begs the question: if I witnessed such an event, what would I do? Defer to internal change of command or go right to 911? At no point in the public dialogue have people questioned why witnesses to such acts did not intervene directly *at that moment*. i like to think that's what I would do. i know I would call the police. And I know that I have been directed to do otherwise, unless I witness a violent criminal act in progress. Crazy. The after the fact outrage is good....maybe we have an almost zero tolerance policy towards something in this country. I see neglect of kids all the time and we are always somewhat squirmy about our response at the library, but real physical abuse? I like to think I'd intervene. Let's hope I never have to find out.

Posted by: rebecca at November 11, 2011 9:28 AM

You are correct about Penn State and also about the Walking Dead. I love that show. There's really only been one scene were I was glad I hadn't recently eaten, and it was last week!

Posted by: TL at November 11, 2011 11:18 AM

I just can't figure out how that assistant who passed the information to Paterno didn't do something!!! And knowing that Sandusky was Paterno's "heir-apparant" you cannot tell me there weren't some rumblings of this going on at some point in time even previous to that incident.
It got me thinking, how many times in our own lives have we "thought" about speaking up about something we see - but we don't and in hindsight we should have. There's been a few for me.

Posted by: NancyB at November 11, 2011 12:44 PM

Jack Reacher would've f*cked Sandusky up.

Posted by: Twisted Susan at November 14, 2011 9:40 PM