The Sopranos kicked off the new season last night, and it looks like they are going to keep the pressure on. The first episode was a little bit slow and more of a harbinger of plot lines to come, but worked really well to pull viewers back into the Sopranos universe after their long absence.
Perhaps it’s just that it’s been so long, but the characters felt more repellent than in the past–Tony is a big sociopath, and his crew are pure low-life thugs.
In the earlier seasons, viewer disgust with Tony’s behavior was offset by his sheer humanity, flawed though he was, but he’s become more and more of a Beast, spiraling out of control.
But the Most Unlikable Character award has to go to Paulie, who has zero redeeming qualities. Let’s hope he’s the first one to get whacked.
It’s good to be back on this train again.
Posted Monday, 08 March, 2004 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.