My 2 amigos Mike and Steve write a lot of reviews on their blogs, so I thought I'd throw my hat in the ring.
OK, what is the deal with this crap? First of all, how stupid is it to have a commercial campaign that declares "McDonald's finally has great coffee!"? They are just shouting from the rooftops "You've been buying shit up until now!"
Second of all, if you are going to say something that incredibly stupid, why make your coffee taste WORSE? I just had my first cup of McDonald's new coffee, and it was horrible. Bitter, strong, burnt tasting. It was drinkable, but just barely. I liked the old coffee just fine. This new stuff is crap! I used a few sips to wash down my sausage biscuit (which was great, I'll give McDonald's credit for that) and I threw the rest of that awful coffee in the trash.
I "read" the short story. That is, I listened to it (book-on-tape). Believe it or not, my Sunday School teacher dad gave me this book containing a story about butt-f***ing cowboys. He gave it to me saying something along the lines of "Here's a book somebody gave me, but all it is is a bunch of cussing. I think the author just likes to cuss. You might like it, but I couldn't concentrate on the stories because it just seems like she can't stick to the story because she just keeps amazing herself that she can cuss."
OK, so the Brokeback story: Cussing per se does not distract me in general. What distracted me was that this story was just tedious and kinda lame. If I had been actually READING it, I would not have finished it. But since listening while driving is passive, I listened to the whole book. I was not impressed. I'll probably rent the video out of curiosity, to see if this movie is actually as great as the critics are saying.
THE "NEW BREED" OF COMICS
I have not read much comics the last few years. But I recently got a big pile of the last couple of years' output and have been reading them. And - uh -
I think I'll save this review. I may turn it into a comic strip.
Lest you think I hate EVERYTHING, let me say that the last two episodes of The Simpsons were AWESOME!
Also totally awesome.