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Comment Archives: Stories: Arts and Culture

Re: “Music City Word Beat: Most Popular and Bestselling Books in Nashville, September 2014

Just spent an afternoon with Gabrielle Zevin's diverting novel THE STORIED LIFE OF A.J. FIKRY — found myself liking the characters more than the glancing literary in-jokes and the flattery of the book-club faithful (apart from a funny running gag about a policemen's book group that all but worships Jeffery Deaver), but its central love story and setting are pretty hard to resist. Granted, it's the kind of book about the glories of reading that seems tailor-made for the movies, which is something of a problem; also, no book about the joys of literature should start out by misspelling Nabokov's name — which is exactly the kind of persnickety, obnoxious comment Zevin's surly protagonist would have made, had love not softened his heart (dammit). Still, I finished the book feeling like I'd spent a few hours under an electric blanket on a chilly day, and I confess to being susceptible to any story with a rangy book-loving Amazon as its femme fatale.

Seconded about the Tony Earley collection — those first two stories in particular are amazing. Working on Darnielle now, along with James Ellroy's PERFIDIA (mammoth yarn about murder, institutional racism and interlocked human failings set in a thoroughly curdled L.A. just as Pearl Harbor's hit) and Roy Choi's enormously entertaining L.A. SON (a cookbook that's almost as hard-boiled as Ellroy, except with dumbfounding recipes for consistently inventive stoner cuisine). Waiting for Roxane Gay, Stephen King and Patricia Lockwood on the reserve list.

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Posted by mr. pink on 10/06/2014 at 4:58 PM

Re: “Bandaloop Vs. Nature: Gravity-Defying 'Vertical Dance' Troupe Still Performing 1 p.m. on UBS Tower

That was gorgeous. Like the way I imagine life in Kurt Busiek's Astro City, where super heroics are as commonplace as bus stops and visible without fuss in plain sight. If you missed it, catch them this weekend at OZ.

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Posted by mr. pink on 10/06/2014 at 3:01 PM

Re: “Music City Word Beat: Most Popular and Bestselling Books in Nashville, September 2014

Hope I'm on this list someday....www.readkellykey.com

Posted by Kelly Key on 10/06/2014 at 1:24 PM

Re: “A Music City burlesque studio welcomes all shapes and sizes

Love MCB, but shaking your boobs for an audience that hoots and hollers is not "empowering women."

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Posted by Darvon6 on 10/06/2014 at 11:33 AM

Re: “Nashville Recap: ‘How Far Down Can I Go?'

Scarlett, a raspberry that is worn as a hat by a mouse...
The sun rises and sets through their squint eyes and angry crag faces...
No words. You are a genius.

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Posted by Christina Lynch Sorrentino on 10/04/2014 at 7:20 PM

Re: “Nashville Recap: ‘How Far Down Can I Go?'

Hot gay yelling!

Posted by Lisa Stran White on 10/04/2014 at 1:34 PM

Re: “Nashville Recap: ‘How Far Down Can I Go?'

Anybody who both uses *and* correctly spells the word 'milquetoast' in a review should immediately be crowned Queen. Get thee a corner office in whatever big glassy building is the hippest this year in Nashville. Well DONE!!

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Posted by bdonahueweedman on 10/03/2014 at 10:29 PM

Re: “Nashville Recap: ‘How Far Down Can I Go?'

Maddie hates ur dresserz

http://38.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mea38fK1g81qebseoo2_500.gif

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Posted by nashvilleshamewatcher on 10/03/2014 at 12:35 PM

Re: “A Music City burlesque studio welcomes all shapes and sizes

Taking a few drop in burlesque classes at Delinquent Debutantes was the best thing I have ever done for my body image. I loved it, and it's my wish they are are extremely successful in their new studio!!

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Posted by Brecca Theele on 10/03/2014 at 11:14 AM

Re: “In Case You Missed It: Amanda Valentine Back on Project Runway!

Who is she married To? I heard or read he is someone famous. Anyone know who he is?

Posted by Linda Demain on 10/02/2014 at 11:42 PM

Re: “Community-access TV is alive and well at Nashville's NECAT — zombies and all

No access for Davidson Country's U-Verse subscribers.

No NewsChannel 5 Plus either (sans antenna TV).

Stacy Harris
Publisher/Executive Editor/Media Critic
Stacy's Music Row Report
http://stacyharris.com

Posted by Stacy Harris on 10/02/2014 at 9:01 PM

Re: “Nashville Recap: ‘How Far Down Can I Go?'

I chuckled when Tandy (good riddance!) said she's going "up" to San Francisco for a job...knowing the writers sit in a room in LA trying to write about our town. #gotcha!

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Posted by Mark Smeby on 10/02/2014 at 8:21 PM

Re: “A Music City burlesque studio welcomes all shapes and sizes

This is AWSEOME!!!

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Posted by Kimmi Kimberly Middleton Bogan on 10/02/2014 at 7:25 PM

Re: “Nashville Recap: ‘How Far Down Can I Go?'

What a great column! You describe Scarlett and Gunnar so perfectly.

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Posted by Barbara Kelley Frank on 10/02/2014 at 3:36 PM

Re: “Nashville Recap: ‘How Far Down Can I Go?'

"FAT WITH UR BB JEFF."

Also this: "Maddie happens. She is a teen and hates everything. She hates buying furniture, she hates her two dads who love her plus her mom who loves her and her new stepdad who loves her, those people are all the time trying to give her things (and love) and it’s clearly the worst. Let’s all call our moms and apologize for being #teens."

and then this got a stifled giggle out of me, "There are whisper songs and baby breathing and the faint kiss of a doe upon th’ lips of cherubim."

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Posted by Nashstu on 10/02/2014 at 11:46 AM

Re: “Flipping Channels: On Stalker, Gracepoint and the Times' Shonda Rhimes Flap

Broadchurch was acquired by BBC America in 2013, it is not a BBC produced show.

Posted by Shutterbug on 10/02/2014 at 3:12 AM

Re: “KB Productions mounts a fabulous production of Peter Shaffer's Equus

"Artful," "Elegant," "Purposeful" are words that will never belong with sexual deviance and perversion.

Equus is the epitome of lewd: "Behavior that is deemed morally impure or unacceptable in a sexual sense; open and public indecency tending to corrupt the morals of the community; gross or wanton indecency in sexual relations."

This play created a stench that infected the entire city. "Shameful," "Shocking," "Offensive," "Vile," and "Triple-X Rated" would have been apt words to describe it.

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Posted by Nazaha on 10/02/2014 at 3:04 AM

Re: “Flipping Channels: On Stalker, Gracepoint and the Times' Shonda Rhimes Flap

I know tons of Broadchurch fans that are thrilled bout Gracepoint. People tend to pay attention to the bitter, elitist complainers and ignore those who support the project. And yes, Carver is different than Hardy according to my insider sources. Broadchurch is more than a story now, it's a universe. I'm thrilled to explore that universe with a fresh viewpoint.

Posted by tenner on 10/02/2014 at 2:39 AM

Re: “Nashville Recap: ‘That’s Me Without You’

Ashley, you, are a National Treasure. This recap had me in laughter-tears, it was so perfect. You are responsible for my already large love for this stinkin' show growing in leaps and bounds, no matter how much it goes off the rails. God bless you. I haven't laughed that hard in a long time and I am in your debt.

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Posted by llama991 on 09/30/2014 at 11:48 PM

Re: “Nashville Recap: ‘That’s Me Without You’

Jesus, this is outstanding. Well played, you Ashley Spurgeon person. Well bloody played.

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Posted by AuroraDeBurca on 09/30/2014 at 10:46 AM

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