December 2, 2011

The Weeklies #195

The Weekly Beer. Port City's Monumental IPA.

The Weekly Read. John Rector's first two novels - The Grove and Cold Kiss - blew me away and earned high praise. I had pretty high hopes for his latest offering, Already Gone. The verdict? It was strong but not as good as its predecessors. Already Gone tells a fairly standard wrong place, wrong time, wrong guy kind of story that's good, well thought out and compelling but not nearly as great as his earlier works. The difference? Grittiness. Rector's first two novels were gritty and a little uncomfortable to read in their realism. Already Gone feels like a standard thriller. All that said, it's still a good book worthy of your time.

The Weekly Music. When I first heard it back in 1990, I fell in love with Chris Cornell's voice. Now, the 1990 Cornell is a little different than the 2011 Cornell. There's a little less screaming, some decent and some terrible solo material, a Soundgarden reunion and, like the rest of us, age. Recorded on his most recent solo acoustic tour, Songbook is a glimpse of the more laid back, quieter Cornell. And it's a welcome change given his last, absolutely terrible solo album. Sure, his voice sounds a little ragged in places (during the album he credits a cold for this), and he's not always hitting the highest notes, but Cornell sounds fantastic on solo, Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog and Audioslave songs while throwing in a few covers for good measure. A must buy if you're a Cornell fan.

The Weekly TV Addiction. Following my mild addiction to the first and only season of The Event courtesy of Netflix, I've moved on and developed a slightly unhealthy obsession with Jericho. Even if you're not a fan of the whole end-of-the-world scenario the show paints, it's a well-written and acted show.

The Weekly Schadenfreude. I realize that I suck by even mentioning it but is it wrong that I'm starting to empathize with Kris Humphries? The dude's a tool, sure, but he got taken for a ride by Kim Kardashian. The world would be a better place if the Kardashians just disappeared. Not likely though.

The Weekly Question. Who's the most interesting person of 2011?

Posted by Chris at December 2, 2011 7:49 AM

The Kardashians will never go away if the media doesn't let them. Barbara Walters named them on her most fascinating people of 2011 list! Really? there are no more interesting people in the world? I don't find them even remotely interesting!

Posted by: Lisa at December 2, 2011 7:57 AM

The most interesting single person of 2011 is probably Herman Cain.

Posted by: Brad at December 2, 2011 9:07 AM

Completely unrelated to any actual content in the post: two weeks and no audio to accompany the update. Was it getting to be too much?

Posted by: martin at December 2, 2011 9:50 AM

John Rector? Damn-near killed her! Heh.

Posted by: Ian at December 2, 2011 11:20 AM

I LOVED Jericho!! Wished it had been able to continue...sigh.

Posted by: Sue R at December 2, 2011 12:14 PM

Most interesting person of 2011...Chris Cactus, of course. ;-)

I would say Steve Jobs. His battle with cancer and legacy really came to light this year as he lost the battle. The only other possibility would be Warren Buffett for asking the government to tax him more. Not normal billionaire behavior!

Posted by: Krush at December 2, 2011 12:29 PM

I needed an audioblog after this week. :(

But the Cornell album will suffice. God bless, Mr. Cactus.

Most interesting person: the 99%. Just because now the protests we used to see "far away" are starting to hit home again.

Posted by: alektra at December 3, 2011 10:44 AM