Sunday, November 29, 2009

The Sunday Salon: Thankfully Reading Weekend

I'm participating in the informal Thankfully Reading Weekend, and since I'm feeling behind in reading and blogging, I love this idea. What better way to get caught up on some of our reading and challenges - and to remember how much of a blessing it is be able to read in the first place?

I had to work on Friday (thankfully in a quiet office and not in retail - I don't know how salespeople keep their sanity this time of year, I really don't). Thus, I started my Thankfully Reading Weekend on Thanksgiving night by continuing Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street by Michael Davis.
I mentioned in last week's Salon that the beginning was a little tough going; the first 100 or so pages deals with Captain Kangaroo, the personalities that worked on that show, and the quest for funding for what would become Sesame Street.

At the halfway mark, now we seem to be cooking with gas. I'm especially enjoying reading about the background and selection of the cast members, which of course includes the birth of the Muppet characters.

"Grover's personality sprang to life fully formed in that rehearsal room. 'I recall Frank Oz holding the puppet that was to become Grover in front of the mirror,' [Jon] Stone said. 'The high, raspy voice fit immediately. The carefully precise diction fell into place. Then we played games with the names. I asked, 'What do you think your name is?' Grover would study himself in the mirror and try a few out. 'Armand? Hector? Perhaps my name is Grover.'" (pg. 167)
Can't you just hear Grover inquiring to his reflection about what his name is? I can, and Davis' book is bringing the characters and the scenes from the Street to life.

I'll have more to say in my official review, but I did discovered that author Michael Davis lives in the Philadelphia suburbs, in the same town as our very good friends. There are several readings and signings scheduled soon in the Philadelphia area, so if you're interested, you might want to check out Michael's website for details.)

In other bookish updates, during Friday's commute I started listening to Bait and Switch by Barbara Ehrenreich. Even though this was published in 2005, it still resonates today despite being slightly dated in parts. I'm only halfway through the second CD, but since it is only 6 hours long, I think I'll be finished sometime this week.

Whether you're participating in the Thankfully Reading Weekend or coming home from a thankful weekend (or some combination thereof), I hope you've had a great holiday (or simply a great weekend, for those who don't celebrate Thanksgiving.)


Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

The "Thankfully Reading" weekend sounds great! I'm not officially doing that, but have done a lot of reading.

The "Sesame Street" origins sounds intriguing.

My Sunday Salon is here:

Infant Bibliophile said...

How funny - I just did a post about Jon Stone, then checked my reader and saw this post.

Trisha said...

I'm with you on retail people. I can't even bring myself to shop this weekend; I can't imagine having to work!

Vasilly said...

I have the Sesame Street book on my shelves now. Can't wait to read it. I'm participating in the Thankfully Reading weekend also. It's such a great idea. Happy reading!