Thoughts on Biehl, “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains,” and Oates’ MISSING MOM

Last night’s guests on Letterman were Jessica Biehl and Christoph Walz. Too bad self had to endure that lame interview with Biehl (She’s lost a ton of weight, looks pale and somewhat sickly) before getting to Walz. The laugh was the only thing about her that called up her previous hot-ness. Also, she was wearing a weird jumpsuit get-up with a diamond pattern, which made her look somewhat like a court jester. (In comparison, Brooklyn Decker, the previous night’s guest, was totally hilarious!)

But Walz was so dry-ly funny and effortlessly self-deprecating. Also, he was wearing a most fab shiny purple shirt underneath a gray suit. And is veeery debonair-looking in person. Also, loved his story about how his young son playfully decorates his Dad’s trophies by putting stuff on them, like for example bandages. Walz will probably get the Oscar.

“The Top Ten List” was delivered by the cast of tonight’s “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains.” Last night, she recognized Tom the Fireman (still cute), Stephenie (one of her faves: she was channeling the Grecian look last night), and Parvati, one of the people self used to love to hate: Last night she looked very cute, with her hair dyed jet-black and her grey Ugg boots.

Let’s see, what did self do today? The weather was gorgeous! She went to the Redwood City Library and borrowed two short story collections by Haruki Murakami: The Elephant Vanishes and After the Quake. She walked the li’l crits, and a woman with two beautiful collies remarked, as self passed, “Looks like your dogs have been around a while.” !!@@##

She continued reading Joyce Carol Oates’ Missing Mom, which she began a few days ago, right after finishing Henning Mankell’s Before the Frost (Self would have given it A-, except the last couple of pages were a little didactic). The last thing of Joyce Carol Oates’ that self read was Faithless: Tales of Transgression. That collection contained an unforgettable story about a young waitress filled with so much self-loathing that she lets men treat her like a worthless piece of trash and ignores the one customer who treats her like a lady. Even now, so many years later, self can still feel the rawness of that waitress’ emotions. She admits she didn’t have high expectations for Missing Mom, but — Holy Cow! She has torn through it like a bat out of hell, it is that engrossing. She stayed up until 2 a.m. this morning, reading about 100 or so pages, and finally had to force herself to stop and turn off the light.

Now, she’s putting off reading, for she only has 20 or so pages more to go.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers, stay tuned.

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