The Weeks in Entertainment
with the dead laptop, I missed a couple of weeks...
Live: Werther at the Met, with the incomparable Jonas Kaufmann, along with Sophie Koch as Charlotte. I wasn't crazy about the production, which took all the subtlety out of it, not letting anything come to the audience from the libretto (like the death of Charlotte's mother). Plus, the final moment is Charlotte picking up the pistol before the curtain drops. What the hell? She's not the type to kill herself, too. It's completely wrong. I choose to believe she's packing it back into its case to take it home so Werther's suicide will look like murder and he can get buried by the linden trees in the cemetery, and also so she and Albert won't get mired in the scandal. However, Kaufmann's glorious voice - those floating high notes, and delicious dark overtones - and delightful acting really made it worthwhile.
DVD: Binged through Leverage. I miss that show
TV: Murder on the Homefront, which was quite entertaining though with a very disheartening ending (though not as much of a downer as it could have beeen). The Crazy Ones, funny as usual. Psych - Gus quit his job! And got a girlfriend! And Lassie's back on the detective force! And Shawn ... is pretending to look for a job? Almost Human, which is going somewhere odd with the androids. I'll bet Karl Urban enjoyed his brief moment with his own accent, too. Agents of SHIELD had a really good episode, showcasing the abilities of May, FitzSimmons, and a cliffhanger. And of course Sherlock's final episode of the season, which is simply stunning. Love that mind palace!
Read: All eleven of Elizabeth Daly's Henry Gamadge books, very good mysteries in the 1930s-40s, not one of which I had figured out. The Third Rule of Ten, which I'd been waiting for and enjoyed very much. Also the wonderful A Burnable Book, with John Gower and Geoffrey Chaucer up to their ears in treasonable plots and mysterious books, not to mention some very engagingly drawn maudlyns (prostitutes). Started Carthage by Joyce Carol Oates.