Monday, January 24, 2005

The end of my Dr. Phil-less streak and speed reading Crichton

I've gone to great lengths to avoid any exposure to Dr. Phil over the years. Well, it wasn't that hard - mainly it involved just changing the channel. But as I was flipping around today, I actually stopped on his show and watched the whole damn thing. Why? Because Bill Cosby was his guest. In addition to being a very funny fellow ("Right!"), Cos seems to be one of the few people making any sense when talking about (and acknowledging) the problems within the African-American community. It is a shame that he's attacked when he talks about personal responsibility and such. So, anyway, my Dr. Phil-free streak is over. 'Tis a sad day, indeed.

I also went to the library today to pick up some books that I had on reserve. The first is Hollywood Interrupted by Andrew Breitbart and Mark Ebner, which is about the rising lunacy in the Hollywood celebrity culture. The other book that I got is State of Fear by Michael Crichton. I hadn't read a book of his since The Lost World, but when I'd heard that this was about the fear mongering on the part of the global warming crowd, I knew that I had to read it (what are the chances Hollywood will make this into a movie?). While the loan period for the first book is the standard 28 days, the latter I can only have out for two weeks since it's a current bestseller. Usually I take my time when reading a book (read: extremely slow), unless I'm thoroughly engrossed (Wouk's Don't Stop the Carnival). This is not really the best time for me to start reading a new book, what with my studying for the bar exam. But I think that I'll at least start it.

28 comments:

Mindy said...

I agree on the Dr. Phil boycott, however I"m always forced to watch it when I go to the dentist...I always seem to be there at that hour and it's a choice between staring at the dentist or watching Dr. Phil so....

Mistake on the Lake said...

The Cos was supposed to speak last Thursday to the lesser fortunate in Cleveland. He cancelled his appearance due to his personal scandals. I truly hope he reschedules, because I believe that what he has to say should be heard by the city with the highest poverty level. Thanks for the heads up, I'll watch him on Dr. Phil today (Phil's on at 5pm in these parts).

spydrz said...

Cos was here in Richmond for Governor-Mayor Wilder's inauguration...

Mindy said...

what personal scandles is the cos suffering from?

Micah said...

Scandals? Have you seen those sweaters?

Seriously, there's a sexual harrassment charge: http://www.cnn.com/2005/SHOWBIZ/TV/01/21/cosby/index.html

After viewing the first two seasons of "24" over the past week, I'm convinced that this is a political conspiracy. :)

Mindy said...

Okay first - can you men just keep your damn hands to yourself for like five minutes?

Second - I don't think it's necessarily a government conspiracy as a NAACP conspiracy...they just want to shut him up so he'll stop telling the truth about them...

Captain Backfire said...

Micah, three words for you: books on CD. Why bother trying to *read* a book, when you can have it read to you? You can "read" in the car, in the shower, at the dinner table--hell, you can get through Ulysses in less than 14 hours that way.

Paper is for suckers. Real literati have the soothing tones of Joe Mantegna or Abe Vigoda read them stories....

Brian said...

My father bares striking resemblance to Dr. Phill. We have a running joke that he really is Dr. Phill, but he is to embarrassed to admit it.

Micah said...

Brian - Maybe your dad can go undercover to gain access to Oprah's money and/or lovin'.

16:9 - I have all of David Sedaris's books in print and CD because they are just that damn funny. But every other book that I'd consider getting on disc is read by either Rosie Perez or Carol Channing. *shudder*

spydrz said...

I'll quote Egon: Print is dead.

KPMD said...

I just love a romance novel on CD. It's like a porno for your ears.

Micah said...

So is early Prince.

KPMD said...

Aaaaahhh, that brings back memories of Phil bucknaked, Micah with an enlarged spleen, Dubin possessed, and a stuffed duck.

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Micah said...

With no context, you are going to make others think that our college years were wilder than they actually were.

Kate The Great said...

O wow. Wandering hands? Send them my way. Just kidding.

Wild college days? OH, do tell. SOMEONE has GOT to have the dirt on Micah, and all his blog groupies really wanna hear it.

KPMD said...

Oh, I wish our college days were half as wild as that post makes them sound. I think I'll let Micah explain this one though, as it was his video ;)

spydrz said...

I believe that information will only be released to the highest bidder.

Micah said...

I'm just going to sit back and defend myself as necessary.

Mistake on the Lake said...

So, after watching the Dr. Phil show today (which I actually watch all the time anyway), I would like to ask, I totally get why Cos talked to the two boys about their struggles, but why exactly did he give advice to a chubby white girl whose parents are too lazy to pull her away from the TV?

Mindy - 100% behind you on the NAACP conspiracy

spydrz said...

M, you should post a copy of "Heaven's Shadow" on the blog.

Micah said...

MotL - Because everyone knows that the brothers love white women. Duh!

About the aforementioned video, it was a project for my health class (yes, a health class freshman year). Mine was titled "Mono: The Kissin' Disease." Basically, it was a bunch of vigenettes illustrating the horrors of this terrible malady, set to "Kiss" by Prince, "I Feel Good" by James Brown, and "Jimmy Jams" by the Beastie Boys. My spleen was enlarged. Phil was nekkid for no conceivable reason except it was funny. Same with Dubin's Ghostbusters-esque possession. That damn stuffed duck - it was not my idea.

Dude, if I could get a digitized copy of that and the "Heaven's Shadow" (a documentary Phil, spydrz, and I made about my brother - a cop in the inner city at the time), I'd be a happy cowpoke.

spydrz said...

FunfaxVA's favorite quote that he used in the mono film:

"Gozer the Traveler. He will come in one of the pre-chosen forms. During the rectification of the Vuldrini, the traveler came as a large and moving Torg! Then, during the third reconciliation of the last of the McKetrick supplicants, they chose a new form for him: that of a giant Slor! Many Shuvs and Zuuls knew what it was to be roasted in the depths of the Slor that day, I can tell you!"

Micah said...

Man, that brings me back. We were such dorks.

And, I should add, that in the "Mono" video KPMD had swollen lymph nodes. Or maybe that was Bethany.

spydrz said...

Was I the cameraman? I don't remember. I know I wasn't a "star."

KPMD said...

That was Bethany with the swollen lymph nodes. I just made out with Phil, shared a Coke with Bethany, and talked to the scary health center nurse. In retrospect, it would have been and much cooler video if I had made out with Bethany, shared coke (or crack) with the nurse, and just talked to nekkid Phil.

The Law Fairy said...

I had mono last year. It sucked. Also sucky was the fact that my now-ex-boyfriend was perfectly healthy while I sat at home wishing I was dead. Man. That really messed up my grades.

You can totally read Crichton in two weeks, bar review notwithstanding.

Kate The Great said...

Spydrz, the camera man? You know... it kind of sucks doing that... being out of the action. But then you get to watch it all... so it's not ALL bad.

Oh, and I'm speaking from purely a professional standpoint.