Wednesday, March 18, 2015



Here's a list of all-time great movie quotes I stumbled upon while looking up something else. Instead of using it for my TT, I'm composing a list of my own favorites and then seeing if there's an overlap. (BTW, I did this same subject for a TT back in ... gulp ... 2007. I did this one without referring to that one.)

If you're a movie lover, please be sure to include your own favorites in the comments.

1) "Why, she wouldn't harm a fly." Psycho (1960)

2)  "Practically perfect in every way." Mary Poppins (1964)

3)  "KHAN!" Star Trek II, Wrath of Kahn (1982)

4)  "See you, Katie." "See you, Hubbell." The Way We Were (1973) sniffle, sniffle

5) "Yippee kye aye, Mother f****er." Die Hard (1988)

6)  "We rob banks." Bonnie and Clyde (1968)

7)  "I'm sorry, I'm anal." "That's a polite word for what you are." Annie Hall (1977)

8)  "Think you used enough dynamite there, Butch?" Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

9)  "Nothing is over until we say it's over! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?" Animal House (1978)

10)  "I''ll make him an offer he can't refuse." The Godfather (1972)

11) "Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain." The Wizard of Oz (1939)

12) "Here's looking at you, kid." Casablanca (1942)

13) "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn." Gone with the Wind (1939)

Please join us for The NEW THURSDAY THIRTEEN. Click here to play along, and to see other interesting compilations of 13 things.

On the subject of books ...

…which is one of my favorite subjects … and liberated from Kwizgiver.

As seen at Musings From A Bookmammal:

1. Do you have a specific place for reading? I like reading in bed, over lunch or on the train

2. Book mark or random piece of paper? Random piece of paper. In my current book, my place is held by the little piece of purple paper that held the paper napkin around the silverware, from the coffee shop where I had breakfast last Saturday.

3. Can you just stop anywhere in a book or do you have to stop at the end of a chapter? I can drop and pick up anywhere.

4. Do you eat or drink when reading? Yes

5. Music or TV on when reading? Yes

6. One book at a time or several? I sometimes have two going at once, but I try to make them different genres.

7. Reading at home or elsewhere? I read more elsewhere than at home.

8. Read out loud or silently? Silently.

9. Do you read ahead or skip pages? I do this. Especially in biographies. I've been known to peruse the index in search of "the good parts."

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new? A little of each. I try to take care of my books, but I do enjoy them, and that can entail wearing them in a little.

11. Do you write in your books? No, no, never, never, uh-uh-uh.

12. Who are you tagging? Anyone who wants to play.


This meme is no more. And yet I persist in answering the three questions it asked each week. Stubborn, ain't I?

• What are you currently reading? Frank: The Voice by James Kaplan. A biography of Sinatra I bought at the annual library book sale and am just now getting around to. I like considering this my way of celebrating Ol' Blue Eyes' centennial. (His 100th birthday is this December.)

It took me a while to land on this book. After I finished Wake, I tried a mystery - All Shots by Susan Conant - but I just couldn't get into it. I just didn't like the characters, so I gave it away. Then I tried a fictionalized biography of the Bronte sisters. I just couldn't lose myself in it. That one I put aside for later.

Then I stumbled upon Frank. Almost literally. It's about 800 pages and hardcover and I left it in the middle of the room when I was sorting through my books. I'm glad I did. Kaplan writes well - rather terse and with fast pacing - and his style fits the subject. And oh! What a subject! Sinatra's life was as outsized as his talent.
• What did you recently finish reading? Wake by Anna Hope. A well-written but very sad, very intense book about three women living in London and dealing with the aftermath of WWI. It takes a while for us to discover how their lives are connected, but when we finally get it, it's very effecting. Part of what makes this book so painful to read is that we know these women - sister, lover and mother, respectively - will still be alive and still trying to heal when WWII breaks out and hits much closer to home.

• What will you read next? Whatever it is, it'll be probably be from my own private library. Maybe I'll revisit a book from long ago, like The Cracker Factory by Joyce Rebeta-Burditt. Or maybe it will be one that's been untouched, like Frank. At any rate, I'm enjoying the books I find in my den.