A new 2013 feature -- Friday roundup of links, images, and thoughts.
Jean Harris, the woman who shot the Scarsdale Diet doctor, died last week:
The trial provided the fascination of a love triangle involving the cultivated headmistress of an exclusive girls' school, a wealthy cardiologist whose book, "The Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet," had been a best seller, and an attractive younger rival for his affection. If Mrs. Harris was to be believed, it was the story of an attempted suicide by a jilted woman that turned into the unintentional shooting of the man who had rejected her.I was absolutely obsessed with this case in college and afterward, and I read my copy of Shana Alexander's Very Much a Lady into a tattered mess. It's a fascinating look at the American class system, and all the different threads -- money, ethnicity, education, profession -- that make it up.
Here's a time sink for you: Questionable Advice, a blog dedicated to advertisements, PSAs, and advice columns of days past. Some is hilarious, some disturbing, and some -- like this wonderful guide to talking on the telephone -- are still sadly necessary:
A new chocolate shop, Evelyn & Angel's, has opened up in my neighborhood and it is expensive but divine. Highly recommended for host gifts, special occasions, and of course Valentine's Day! (I'm hoping to get a sampler box of their tea-flavored chocolates for the holiday myself.) For small gifts, you can't do better than consumable items -- food, beverages, toiletries, stationery -- from local merchants.
A reviewer makes the same connection I did: "Django Unchained" is basically "Blazing Saddles" with infinitely more violence. Also, have any other moviegoers noticed that Walton Goggins was in both "Lincoln" and "Django"? Playing, in both, the kind of vicious yet craven racist that he specializes in: " ... and starring Walton Goggins as Venal P. Cracker," the credits ought to read.
Have a good weekend, everyone!
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