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Meltzer Just Blows It Completely

2 Sep

I’ve written in the past about why it is that I like Brad Meltzer, and since he’s got a new book out now, I thought I’d give him a quick plug here. I always knew the guy had a real sense of humility, but now I know he’s also got a nice self-depreciating wit — as evidenced by the following video. It’s a compilation of little leaguers and senior citizens reciting some of the barbs that have been thrown at Brad. It’s pretty funny. I got an advance copy of Brad’s new book a few weeks ago and I’m just under halfway done at this point, so I’ll hold off on giving any form of review for now. Instead, I’ll say grab a copy for yourself and let me know what you think. The book is called The Book of Lies, it’s about what the Cain and Abel story and the creation of Superman might possibly have in common, and it’s available at bookstores everywhere. Heck, the book even has a soundtrack. (Really.) Brad will be at Brookline Booksmith on Monday, September 22 at 7 p.m. I’ll see you there. For now, enjoy this video.

Back to the Peach Pit

2 Sep

It’s finally here … September 2, a.k.a. 9/02, the day of the new 90210‘s premiere. I’ve got a lot of love for the original series — I watch the reruns every weekend, I own the first three seasons on DVD (because when the cast went to college, the show started its long descent), and I like to drive by the Walsh house whenever I go out to L.A. So suffice it to say, I’m quite excited to see the new series tonight.

That said, my expectations are low. What I’m hoping for is that the old-timers, like Jennie Garth and Shannen Doherty and Joe E. Tata, are so popular that fans are more fond of them than the new kids, so the show becomes more like 90210 Classic, and soon all the old cast comes back — even those who’ve stated they have no interest in returning. Will that happen? Probably not. But I’m eager to see Kelly and Brenda, as well as the new Peach Pit (it’s now a coffee shop, apparently, but Nat is still there. And by the third episode, one of the main characters will be working there too), and to watch Jackie Taylor fall off the wagon again. I hope we’ll learn the answers to important questions like what’s up with Steve and Andrea, is Val still a bad girl, did Brandon track down and marry Emily Valentine, and are Jim and Cindy still living in Hong Kong?

I’m rooting for this new 90210, and hoping it will be good — not just so-bad-it’s-good good. The show airs tonight from 8–10 on The CW (yes, it’s a two-hour premiere episode). My DVR is set just in case, but you know I’ll be watching in real time. Woo hoo!