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Idiot Control Now
bees on pie, burning rubber tires
but I probably won't again
Only four books in June. I'm slipping.

Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches Guide to Romance Novels by Sarah Wendell and Candy Tan
Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
The 101 Most Influential People Who Never Lived by Allan Lazar, Dan Karlan, and Jeremy Salter
Blow Me Down by Katie MacAlister

Peyton Place is one of those old school melodramas I'd always meant to get around to. I've got an old copy D's mom gave me when she was getting rid of some books. Too bad she didn't have a copy of The Thorn Birds, too.

The Smart Bitches one had been on my PBS wish list for so long I forget who recommended it to me. Ugh, it wasn't good. I'd never been to their blog, and this didn't make me want to check it out. Sorry, the phrase "man titty" wasn't funny the first time, and didn't get any funnier after much repetition.

The 101 Most Influential People I liked much better, until I got to this part in the section on Hester Prynne:

"The story has helped society ease the stigma of adultery. By slowly distancing ourselves from the concept of sin, we have relegated adultery to the secular grounds for divorce...."

Um, WHAT? Adultery should be stigmatized! And "distancing ourselves from the concept of sin" is what's so wrong with the world today. Nobody believes in right and wrong anymore. It's just "do whatever, who cares, no shame, don't judge me".

But I did enjoy the lawyer jokes in the section on Perry Mason and read them out loud to D. Our favorite was "If a lawyer and an IRS agent were both drowning and you could only save one of them, would you go to lunch or read the paper?"

Then I finished off the month with some mindless chick lit from PBS. I think I've read something by MacAlister before but can't remmeber for sure. The sex scenes were kind of icky, though. People covered in sloppy slimy food makes me think of those terrible America's Funniest Home Videos of kids in high chairs with spaghetti or birthday cake smeared all over them. Who thinks that's cute? It's so gross.

Current Mood: disappointed disappointed
Current Music: that wasn't me--brandi carlile

7 pathetic excuses or justify your existence
serena_b From: serena_b Date: July 2nd, 2012 01:26 am (UTC) (Link)
I totally agree with you on the adultery thing. And why is it that people get married and divorced so easily? I can understand why some people get divorced, but a lot of people just get married and then, oh well, whatevs. It's like nothing has meaning anymore.

On the other hand, for me the concept of sin is so...I don't know. When I was young one of my friends said that since I didn't go to church I was a sinner and I was going to hell. And I've grown up with so many gay friends and family members and I've been told, and heard them be told, that they are sinning. And I don't believe that. So for me, 'sin' doesn't mean 'wrong', it just means 'what certain people believe is wrong'. And maybe I am wrong about that, and maybe I am a sinner, but I'd like to think that I'm still a good person that still knows right from wrong because at least I have common sense. :)
mellowcandle From: mellowcandle Date: July 2nd, 2012 10:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
The way I read it, and maybe I was being too sensitive to it given the other anti-conservative vibes from the writers, but I read it as them saying that it's good to get away from the concept of absolute morality, and it's this trend toward moral relativism that I think is really hurting society. I know this is a complaint people have had since the beginning of time and it's nothing new, but I really am saddened and disturbed by how people act anymore.
serena_b From: serena_b Date: July 4th, 2012 03:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I'm totally with you on that point. The world is turning into a sad place. It's like people don't have enough common sense to know what's right and wrong, or even how to be good people anymore.

I guess I'm just overly sensitive to the word sin. Maybe because I think I'm basically a good person and I get tired of people telling me I'm going to hell because I sinned by breaking some rule of some religion, like eating meat on Good Friday or something.
mellowcandle From: mellowcandle Date: July 4th, 2012 08:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Now those are the people I don't get, because to me, it's missing the whole point of salvation, mercy, love, and forgiveness that I thought Christianity was supposed to be about.

On the other hand I'm a total misanthrope, so.
serena_b From: serena_b Date: July 4th, 2012 11:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Right! That's what gets me so upset, is that some people seem like they just use it to cast judgement on others instead of what Jesus really taught. I mean, I don't consider myself religious, but I have read the Bible. Sometimes I wonder if some people that claim to be Christians ever really read the teachings of Jesus. Because I'm pretty sure he said not to cast judgement on others.
cal_reflector From: cal_reflector Date: July 3rd, 2012 02:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
You knew I was going to respond:

Ask if the lawyer is a tax lawyer, in which it case it is on the side of the angels, and you should toss it a tube.
mellowcandle From: mellowcandle Date: July 4th, 2012 09:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Of course the best way to save a lawyer from drowning is to shoot him.
7 pathetic excuses or justify your existence