You know that special feeling that you get whenever you find yourself surrounded by books? It’s kind of a mixture of hushed expectations, hidden excitement, and a dash of the unexpected. Also there is that special book smell. You know what I’m talking about. New books have a fresh pulpy ink smell to them while old books have what is the equivalent to that “new car smell” to a bibliophile. So many stories, so little time. Where to begin?
Well, how about at the start of this interesting little video….
If you’re ever in the mood to lose yourself between the stacks I can assure you that the Vaughan Public Librarieshave a wonderful collection of all sorts of titles for anyone who ever went looking for something. And who knows what you may find waiting for you amidst the shelves? After all, the most wonderful of places are where books tend dwell.
Okay, so I know I’m a little late to the game but I recently watched the latest Marvel film and was completely surprised by how much I enjoyed it!
When I first heard about the Ant-Man movie I thought to myself, “How can this possibly be any good? It’s literally a superhero who shrinks in size–laaaammmeee?” Yeah, I was so wrong.
As I sat there watching I found myself laughing at the hilarious man that is Paul Rudd and actually getting into the story line, characters, and action of the movie. Don’t let the trailer fool you, there’s a lot more to this movie then meets the eye!
Ziggy Stardust. Aladdin Sane. Man from Mars. Goblin King. Thin White Duke. Man Who Sold The World. Man Who Fell To Earth. Pierrot. The Outsider.
These are the other names in which the persona, legacy, and ideology that is David Bowie are represented. David Bowie is not a man. David Bowie is an idea that started off as a man but became something far greater. David Bowieis immortal. David Bowie cannot die.David Bowiehas simply left this plane of existence and returned to the stars.
A musician who refined, defined, and launched music into an entirely new direction. A personality that swapped personas like colourful hats, each one more eccentric and interesting than the last. An artist who pushed boundaries and stepped out from behind the fourth wall. A producer that created new sounds and nurtured new acts. A legacy that inspired, inspires, and will inspire long after we have returned to stardust. Everywhere is Bowie. Everyone is talking about Bowie. Remembering Bowie. Pondering Bowie. Listening to Bowie. Singing Bowie. Being Bowie.
David Bowie cannot die because how can an idea die? It is carried on, passed on, built upon, accentuated, influenced, inspired, and evolved into something greater than it originally began. The physical embodiment that wasDavid Bowie may have passed on from this world and will be greatly missed but the collective presence that is Bowie shines brighter than a comet across the sky.
Think on this. Ponder if you will that the entire course of human achievement from the creation of the human race up to today can be narrowed down to one point in time. All of human existence has led up to the moment when David Bowie’s music was performed, recorded, and launched by astronauts inside a space station back to the planet.Space Oddity was sung by spacemen while inside a space station floating through Space. Bowie was a part of that. Bowie inspired that.
So this week we play Bowie on vinyl over and over again, dance around the room, and smile at that one beautiful thought. The best way, the only way, to celebrate the life of the enigmatic man that was and is David Bowie is to just sing, dance, and be ourselves. It is a lesson Bowie reminds us of time and time again in everything that he has created and everything that he will inspire.
It’s Resolution time again! Who doesn’t enjoy making a promise to themselves to be a better person, dish out more compliments, or even attempt an act of self-improvement? I know I do! This year, my resolution is to READ MORE BOOKS! The tricky part? Actually FOLLOWING THROUGH!
BUT!! I have devised a fool-proof plan that will actually help me keep my resolution–MAKE IT MORE REALISTIC! I could lie to myself and pretend that I’ll be reading 100 books this year, but you and I both know that won’t be happening! Instead, my goal is to read a minimum of ONE BOOK A MONTH!–that’s pretty doable don’t you think? 12 books in a year, I’d say that’s a great start! Who knows, I may even kick it up a notch and read 2 a month, or 3, or 5! But before I get too ahead of myself, here are just a few items I plan on knocking off the list:
Well, school break has officially started, Hanukkah wrapped up and we’re all counting down to tomorrow. From the fandom perspective there has been much to be excited about this season. So far I’m most thankful that we now live in a world with a new Star Wars movie out and more on the way (I saw The Force Awakens last Thursday night and it was INCREDIBLE!), and that new Mystery Science Theater 3000 episodes are imminent. What an age we live in.
Speaking of which, I got around to watching the other MST3K holiday special, where they take on a 1959 Mexican film called Santa Clause. The movie was…well, let’s just say it was really, really weird. So, in other words, it was perfect fodder for Mike and the Bots.
But during such a joyous time of the year, it’s always great to see old friends, and there are few quite as old as the Doctor (about 1200 years young last I checked). The annual Doctor Who Christmas special is airing Christmas Day on Space, and it looks like it’ll be a doozy, with the return of fan favorite River Song.
This is the first time we’ll see River and the 12th Doctor interacting. I imagine the sass levels will be off the chart.
And if that weren’t enough of a holiday treat from the BBC, then we ring in the new year with a brand new, eagerly-awaited Sherlock special (FINALLY!)
Set in Victorian times! A bit of a ghostly element! New Sherlock after nearly 2 years! Oh, I am so there!
So however you guys celebrate, have a very Happy Holiday! And until next time, End of Line.