Thursday, June 19, 2008

Take Another Look Thursday

Summer is for renewal—and for re-reading Great Books, re-watching Fantastic Flicks, & reflecting on the past school year, with its Rises, Gullies & long, long stretches of Blacktop. It’s also a season for distractions. In honor of those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer, The Scholastic Scribe inaugurates Take Another Look Thursday. Each week we’ll review Old Favorites—whether of the literary, celluloid or newsprint variety, and everything else in between.

That’s where you come in, Dear Reader. Please send us Your Picks, & we’ll run ‘em, right here! Several of our Bloggy Friends are proud of their overladen bookshelves—here’s a chance for you to comment on The Works That Tickle Your Fancy.

And, hey—this Illustrious Forum is not limited to entertainment of the Cerebral Type. Do you have a new take on Disneyworld? A favorite beach? A restaurant that makes you salivate at the mention of Said Establishment’s name? Send any and all commentary to
. We’ll try to get all contributors on the Blog Waves, as it were, for Take Another Look Thursday. We’re an Equal Opportunity Blog, & can’t wait to read what you have to say!

In the meantime, here are 3 of Your Humble Scribe’s All Time Faves:

In the Time of the Butterflies
By Julia Alvarez
From Alvarez’s lilting diction, mirroring the Dominican Republic of her heritage, to the historically accurate portrayal of the Mirabel Sisters & their unorthodox fight for freedom, Butterflies will capture both your heart & your imagination. This 1994 work of historical fiction belies the category in which you’ll find it at your local library. Alvarez infuses history with her own take on the cruelty of the Trujillo regime, and will open your eyes to indignities that we, at least, never imagined could happen in this hemisphere. If you’re looking for an historical tome, however, don’t look here. Butterflies chronicles Las Mariposas with warmth, humor & the poetic justice that characterizes Alvarez’s highly readable style.

Reese Witherspoon & Matthew Broderick

Can you say Hillary Clinton, Boys & Girls? We had read that Witherspoon, in one of her earliest performances, & the Senator From New York could be long-lost twins, albeit a generation apart. Witherspoon’s manipulative character, Tracy Flick, fairly oozes her desire to be Student Council President—at any cost, no matter what. This unintended farce—after all, did Director Alexander Payne have his 1999 crystal ball aimed at the 2008 presidential race, or what?—delightfully captures the irony of high school and the American political stage. Matthew Broderick, as the hapless student government sponsor, reminds us so much of other quasi-sincere, take-yourself-too-seriously, teachers we have known. His “secret life” is both iconic & hysterical. A must-see—especially for those of you who have the misfortune of sponsoring any kind of high school activity.

Maureen Dowd
New York Times Columnist

Far be it from Your Humble Scribe to criticize—leave it up to Pulitzer Prize-winning Dowd to do the honors. From McCain, to Clinton (two, for the price of one!) to Barry Obama (Dowd’s penchant for nicknames—real & imagined—is priceless), this Irish redhead with a flaming pen (well, computer keyboard, we suppose) spares no one. We glimpsed her yesterday in the celebri-crowd at Tim Russert’s funeral, hiding behind Jackie O. shades, but suspect she won’t be down for long. Dowd, whose column appears on Wednesdays and Saturdays, is a great reason to wake up on a Sleepy Summer Morn. Her pearls of wisdom can be found at


Tara R. said...

What a cool idea... I'll have to ponder on this one for a while. I have a house full of favorite books that I intend to re-read again and again.

Melissa B. said...

Tara: Looking forward to your submissions! Hope you're feeling better today!

Sean Hogan said...

Oooh, it's like (insert the name of OHHS' newspaper) Picks!! I'll write mine up after lunch :)

Melissa B. said...

Hoagie: Looking forward MUCHO to your contribution! Spread the word! We could call it Scholastic Scribe Picks!!

40 said...

I love that picture of Maureen Dowd, reading Maxim Mag! So funny.

I have seen Election and it is brilliant.

OKP said...

Thanks for the invite! I'm out of computer range for this Thursday, but I'll submit via email for subsequent ones.

First thing that comes to mind? The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. Math, reading, humor, puns, The Tallest Midget and The Shortest Giant -- and a reminder that the world is too wide to ever be bored!

Mrs. Bluebird said...

Dang. Maureen Dowd has some awesome taste in footwear!

Melissa B. said...

Mrs. B: Mo Dowd is a pretty classy lady, oui? Hope you can contribute to Take Another Look Thursday!

Anonymous said...

You have got to see this. Obama playing on XBox. Funniest video ever.


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