1) "Mysterious Circumstances: The Death of a Sherlock Holmes Scholar," by David Grann (The New Yorker, 12/13/04)
A tremendous piece on the mysterious death of the foremost Sherlock Holmes and Arthur Conan Doyle scholar, Richard Lancelyn Green. Mystery upon mystery, with a tragic conclusion. Could be, in the right hands, a great film, something maybe like The Hours
(but much much less maudlin), perhaps tying together three stories, Doyle, Holmes, and Green. All seeking, all searching for answers, and all prone to concealing the "inner man."
2) Monday Night Football, New England v. Miami 12/20/04
Whenever someone criticizes the Dolphins, the frequent refrain among my group of SoFla based peoples goes something like this: (in the voice of a now infamous radio caller) "If it wasn't for the Fins...MI-ami, wouldn't have...a football team." Best part of a great game: After Tom Brady's dumbass pass in the midst of being sacked by Jason Taylor, Patriots lineman Matt Light is caught loudly praying on the sidelines (or, perhaps, merely ranting to himself...but my guess is prayer), which was then followed by a Fins touchdown, to take the lead away from the Super Bowl champions. This was then followed by Brady throwing another INT to Arturo Freeman who then jumped up and chest bumped interim head coach Jim Bates. Miami still has a football team, no matter what anyone might tell you. 29-28, MI-ami.
3) The Aviator
Kaleidoscopic, teeming with the energy of its subject, and teetering on the edge of madness. The future was in the wild blue and then, just as suddenly, the door is shut, and the future is shrouded in darkness and by the things we cannot manage, we cannot possess, we cannot defeat. I don't know if you've heard, but Marty's got skills. Robert Richardson's got skills. Thelma, Sandy Powell, John Logan, Dante Ferretti...ace. If it's not by you, be patient and go when you can. If it is, and you haven't caught it yet, well, what the fuck? Go.
4) Sabrina (1954, Billy Wilder)
I'm consistently struck by how serious Billy Wilder's comedies tend to be, how high the emotional stakes are for his characters. While waiting for news on the Saturn (alive, well, and ready for pickup tomorrow afternoon), I caught Sabrina
on one of the HBOs and found myself again completely caught up in it, despite already having seen it several times. Best.
5) Go Fug Yourself
Hilariously snarky and evil. A letter to Teri Polo
. And Tom Brady returns on the list, because what the fuck has he done to Bridget Moynihan?