Monthly Archives: February 2008

The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner – Review

After spending over a decade as a foreign corespondent for National Public Radio, Eric Weiner took on the task of finding out where people are happiest, and more importantly, why.  So Eric spent months studying the people in 10 different countries of varying degrees of happiness.  The end results is an incredibly interesting book not just about travel, but about the common elements of happiness.
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Mickey Rourke may be the next Marlon Brando after all

Mickey Rourke has always admired Marlon Brando.  And they seem to have a few things in common; Brando and Rourke were/are notoriously difficult to work with, both had an interest in sexually controversial films, and they are both known for being more famous for being who they were than they were for their acting.  Brando once sent a Native American to accept his Oscar in protest.  Rourke once walked off the set of a movie because the director would not allow Rourke’s chihuahua to be in the film.  Brando once broke the jaw of a photographer.  Rourke gave actor Jeff Kober a black eye for chatting with Rourke’s supermodel wife Carre Otis.  But when you list great actors in your head, Mickey Rourke is not usually at the top.  To be honest he doesn’t usually make the list.  But the boxer turned actor, turned boxer, turned actor may be filming the movie that will change all that for good, The Wrestler.

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Truth and Consequence by Keith Olbermann – Review

I watch two political shows daily.  The first of course is The Daily Show with John Stewart, where I find the coverage to be more fair and balanced than Fox News.  And I watch Countdown with Keith Olbermann on MSNBC.  Olbermann, for those who do not know, is a liberal nightmare for the Bush administration, who often features Bill O’Reilly and Rush Limbaugh in his daily Worst Person in the World segment.  How I’m sure that if I sat down with Keith Olbermann we would have many things to debate, for the most part I find him to be dead on in his assessment of our country’s current unfortunate state.

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