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Sky says, "I admit that I'm starting to feel like I'm drifting away from most of you." I was going to say, "I need new friends." Not that I don't love and appreciate all of you, but we're all out of sync now. I feel like I need some Buffy friends, but I don't really like anyone I've drifted across in my Spike/Xander reading. This is a common problem for me; generally speaking, I tend to dislike the people whose fic I like.

There's another issue here too. There are things I'm watching now that I want to talk to people about, but I don't want to talk about fic for them. I just want to enjoy them with someone else. I already have Amy to talk about Joan of Arcadia with and Brad to watch The O.C. with, but I'm also just watching and enjoying Desperate Housewives, Two and a Half Men, and Law & Order: SVU.

I need someone to speculate with me about who or what Dana was and why it has Zack in a psychiatric hospital. (My guess: Dana was a younger sibling that Zack killed--accidentally or not--and his parents covered it up somehow.) I need someone to join me in appreciating the absolute comic genius of a sitcom that's just as funny in reruns. I need someone to vent to about how every SVU plotline these days is about children and how it sucks because there's no Jack McCoy to be the skeptic.
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Worth talking about.

I'm still in love with Joan of Arcadia. Many episodes ago, God told Joan to take AP Chemistry where she became lab partners, and later friends, with Grace and Adam. (My guess is that someday Adam will the first man she sleeps with, but that's a symbolism discussion for another time.) There's a lot of unresolved talk on the show about whether or not Grace is a lesbian--everyone assumes that she is, but she's never actually said one way or the other. What Grace definitely is, however, is transgendered. I love it that God led Joan to being friends with Grace. In another episode, God, in the guise of a substitute teacher who lays the smack down on a sorely deserving of it Mr. Price, calls Grace "young man." In yet another episode, Adam calls Grace "dude." Grace protests: "Does it amuse you to call me 'dude'?" Joan defends Adam: "He calls everyone 'dude'."

I'm not sure what I want them to do with Grace. I kind of want her to be a lesbian, but on the other hand, I kind of want her to be just transgendered and actually end up with Luke.

My point here is that what's most interesting about this is that it's apparently not interesting. I haven't seen anyone condemning it for being a show about God with a positive portrayal of a transgendered character. On the other side, I haven't seen anyone lauding it for being a show about God with a positive portrayal of a transgendered character. Shouldn't somebody be talking about it?

Worth reading.

Fun in and out of the classroom with Erin Ellis. Erin is an absolutely fantastic writer and very funny.

Worth listening to.

I saw Love Actually the first time two and a half weeks ago and loved it so much I had to immediately go out and buy the soundtrack. I've now been listening to it nearly nonstop since then. Also in heavy rotation on my CD player: DASA: The EP! aka Live Planet and Beyond! The EP and The Not-So Future Mrs. Affleck, both mixes by Molly.

Worth playing.

"I don't know who invented the Letter Game (which I have heard called Persona Letters, or even Ghost Letters) but Ellen Kushner introduced it to me. I believe it originated as an acting exercise, one character writing a letter 'in persona' to another.

"The game has no rules, except that the players must never reveal their idea of the plot to one another. It helps to imply in the first letter why the two characters must write to each other and not meet in person.

"The Letter Games I've played previously were usually a matter of two or three letters each, spaced about a month apart, during summer vacation. When it was time to return to school, we abandoned our characters in mid-intrigue, usually on the verge of a duel, a crime, or a coup d'├ętat. Our letters were long on gossip and short on plot, but they provided good clean fun for the cost of a postage stamp."
--Caroline Stevermer, Afterword, Sorcery and Cecelia

One of the things I've never liked about the RPGs I've tried to follow is the way they always devolve into idiocy that has nothing to do with the actual characters and everything to do with how the people playing the characters relate to each other. While the Letter Game sounds a bit like an RPG, I think that because it's only two people depending on the postal service and because it can be abandoned altogether when school starts up again (or when other, more interesting pursuits come along), it may avoid the same kinds of silliness. Which is not to say it couldn't be silly, but I'm sure it would be a different kind of silly.

Anyway, I'm intrigued enough by the idea to want to play. I think it would be fun to do it with original characters, but I would also be willing to try it with fan fic characters, with the caveat that if I don't know enough about the universe, it won't work. If you're also intrigued enough to want to play, (a) leave a comment and let me know that you want to play, whether you want to use original characters or ficcish characters, and whether you want to start or you want me to start; (b) send me a letter as a start; or (c) leave a comment saying you want to play but not with me and I'll try to pair you up with anyone else who says the same thing. All of these should come with the agreement that if you or I decide at some point that it's no longer fun or that there are other things that need our time, we can abandon it at will, no harm, no foul.
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Good TV

Joan of Arcadia. Now, I have to admit that I have something of a soft spot for the premise--God appears in various guises to make requests of a more or less ordinary teenager--but even given that, this is a fantastic show. Possibly even the best new show of the fall season. (Yes, I know I said The O.C. was the best new show, but that was the summer season. Now it's fall. But Fox's fall season hasn't started, so I can't say for certainty that Joan of Arcadia is the best new show of the fall season.) I can't really come up with concrete reasons why this show is so good; it just is. And not only is it an excellent show, but it always leaves me wanting more of it.

MY MOTHER: That's a really good show. So is this what we're doing on Friday nights instead of going to services?
ME: It is a more satisfying spiritual experience.

(I have issues with our new rabbi.)

Two and a Half Men. I don't expect to find sitcoms funny anymore, and yet this one is. Charlie Sheen's brother is somewhat in denial about his separation from his wife and moves himself and his son into Charlie Sheen's house. And it's very, very funny. However, since I don't generally find sitcoms funny anymore, I can't figure out if (a) it really is that funny, (b) I think it's funny because it's so much funnier than all the other sitcoms, or (c) I think it's funny because I don't know all the jokes yet. I'm pretty sure, though, that at least part of its appeal is Charlie Sheen's absolute genius when dealing with comic material.

Bad TV

The Lyon's Den. Rob Lowe's return to NBC is hardly a triumphant one. This is a terrible show. First, we have Rob Lowe himself. His Jack Turner is boring, dull, uninteresting, not worthy of being the main character of an hour-long show, etc. Jack Turner is nice. He's a truly good guy with no flaws. He could still be an interesting protagonist if there were some conflict, but there isn't. Well, okay, they want you to think there is, but there isn't really. Jack's good and we like him, other people are bad and we hate them, blah, blah, blah, there's no spark. Not to mention the stupidity of Jack's meeting with Voyager's Emergency Medical Hologram in a parking garage.

Of course, every show has to have a potential love interest, and this one is no exception. Jack's potential love interest is none other than Elizabeth Mitchell. You may recognize her, as I did, as Legaspi, Kerry's first girlfriend on ER. While Elizabeth Mitchell may be very good looking with curly hair, which she doesn't have in The Lyon's Den, the woman couldn't act her way out of a paper bag.

If The Lyon's Den is so bad, you might be asking, why do I watch it? For one reason and one reason only: Kyle Chandler. His character is Jack's nemesis, supposedly, and he's just as one-dimensional as the other characters, but Kyle Chandler is fabulous enough to make me forget the shortcomings of the writing. Early Edition proved the man can carry a show on his own; get rid of Rob Lowe and turn the whole thing over to Kyle Chandler!

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