Monday, December 29, 2008

Thanks, NYT

Man, this is depressing.

Didn't see this one coming?

Once again the literary world and readers are aghast, aghast!, at misrepresentations in a memoir. Herman Rosenblat is the latest tall-tale teller to be brought down by flat out lies. Seriously people, Rosenblat's tale was way too good to believe and by "good", I mean the sugary, folksy, feel-good-about-yourself malarkey that seems to go down so easy. What is especially offensive about this particular fish-tale is the Holocaust angle. Rosenblat claims his deceit was his desire " . . to bring happiness to people." And what literary agent/movie studio/talk show extraordinaire/screenwriter wouldn't be happy to get ahold of the feel-good Holocaust Book/Movie Of The Year? Can't you just smell the Oscar? Rosenblat greatest sin isn't to the literary public, which frankly, seems lately to encourage this kind of fable. Rosenblat's disservice is to his own remarkable life of a loving, 50 year-strong marriage and survival under the worst of circumstances.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Benjamin Button

For what it is worth, I'm a little sorry I didn't take a moment to read F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button because I was totally blow away by the movie. From what I understand, the book is actually set in Baltimore, but after seeing the movie, I couldn't conceive of Benjamin flourishing anywhere but in New Orleans. Not only the quirky characters but the acceptance of the little man/boy seem a genuine New Orleans trait. Movie filming wise, I loved playing spot-the-location. And as grand as it was to see my own little Oak/ Carrollton corner featured, the continuity didn't make much sense as Benjamin lived in the Garden District and was trying to find his way home by streetcar from the Quarter. Also, I was more upset by the Katrina references than I'd expected. Bookending the story with Katrina took much of the magic away from the beauty and unexpectedness of Benjamin's life.

Well, if anyone was thinking of trading in their copy, it will land on my personal stack of must-reads.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Abeona House Reading Time

Thanks to Abeona House for stopping in for some reading time. It was fun to see all their little faces (especially my two own). Ms. K did an awesome reading of The Little Engine That Could. The little ones were especially happy with their surprise of a book for their Holiday gift from Abeona House and BCB. Hope to see them all again soon!

Holiday Hours

Headed back to the 'ole hometown so Blue Cypress Books will be closed this week on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and returning on Saturday, December 27, 2008 . Happy Holidays to all!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Here, here

Best quote? "Books don't actually compete with the Internet or movies, and never did."

My only disagreement is on the "crap." Not that The Da Vinci Code wasn't crap, it was, and don't even try to argue otherwise. But I don't think one or even a few crap book leave a literary life in ruins. Now, a whole diet of the stuff, like fast food, will make you fat and stupid.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Holiday on Oak Street

Join Blue Cypress Books on Saturday, December 6th for Oak Street's Holiday Open House. A variety of artists will be on hand not only selling their wares but some will also be demonstrating how they make their art. Fun for the whole family!

New Hours!

Because 6 days wasn't enough, BCB is now open 7 days a week!

Monday - Saturday 10-5:30
Sunday 11-4

Same days as before for buying books: Buying only on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday.

Thanks and see you on Monday!!