This Is the Book We Love the Most
It’s Fifty Shades of Grey! I knew it was popular, but I really had no idea how much.
Actually, it’s To Kill a Mockingbird. The Harper Lee classic was chosen by viewers of PBS’s The Great American Read as their favorite novel of all time. Other books in the top five are the Outlander series, the Harry Potter series, Pride & Prejudice, and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Here’s the full list of the top 100.
Is it really fair to include whole series of books instead of just individual titles? I’m also surprised that The Adventures of Tom Sawyer made the list, but The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn didn’t (though readers apparently wanted to honor the Twilight books that feature good-looking vampires and werewolves).
While it’s great to see books like The Great Gatsby, Charlotte’s Web, and Frankenstein on the list, there are dozens that didn’t make it that make me scratch my head. Too many to list here. But it’s not a bad mainstream list. It’s certainly a good starting point if you haven’t read some of the classics (1984) or even some of the beloved contemporary novels (Ready Player One).
Please note that, even though I joked about it, Fifty Shades of Grey did make the list. It’s number 86.
Keep FilmStruck Alive!
If you’re not familiar with it, FilmStruck is a streaming film service that shows classic movies, helps preserve movie history, and brings that history to a new generation of viewers. It’s a collaboration between Turner Classic Movies and The Criterion Collection, and it’s pretty fantastic that something like this exists.
Of course, like all fantastic things, it’s being taken away from us. When AT&T bought WarnerMedia, it decided to get rid of FilmStruck, leaving many fans upset and angry. The last day for the service is November 29.
But wait, you can sign a petition to save it. If the petition reaches its goal of 10,000 people, WarnerMedia will instantly see the error of their ways, apologize, and bring FilmStruck back for its many fans. Well, probably not, but there’s no harm in signing the petition, and it could help. If it doesn’t, here’s a list of alternative services.
Stephen King Wants You to Stop Using This Word
And that word is amazing.
No, I mean the word he doesn’t want you to use actually is amazing. “Amazing is very tired,” King says. “Please don’t write about your amazing party, your amazing girlfriend’s amazing dress, or your amazing vacation. Something more pungent and specific, please.”
He’s probably right. You see the word quite a bit (I blame social media), and it is a rather lazy word to use. It’s right up there with interesting, which I admit to using way too often.
RIP Willie McCovey, Dorcas Reilly, and Tony Joe White
Willie McCovey was a Hall of Fame first baseman for the San Francisco Giants. He was named Rookie of the Year in 1959, was the National League Most Valuable Player in 1969, and went on to appear in six All-Star games. He hit 521 home runs in his career, placing him at number 20 on the all-time list, tied with Ted Williams and Frank Thomas. McCovey died Wednesday at the age of 80.
Dorcas Reilly might not be a household name, but the recipe she created is. You’re probably going to make it for Thanksgiving or Christmas this year: Green Bean Casserole! Created by Reilly in 1955 when she worked for Campbell’s Soup, it was originally called the Green Bean Bake. Reilly died in October at the age of 92.
Quote of the Week
On that 18-inning Red Sox/Dodgers World Series game:
this is the CVS receipt of baseball games
— BWH (@BWH85) October 27, 2018
This Week in History
Emily Post Born (October 30, 1872)
War of the Worlds Radio Broadcast (October 30, 1938)
It’s hard to believe now that so many people were tricked by fake news reports of an alien invasion on a radio drama, but it was a different time. Here’s the entire show:
This Week in Saturday Evening Post History: Rosey Grier’s Needlepoint (Nov. 1, 1974)
Green Bean Casserole Recipe
You can find several variations of the recipe online (I even found one with kale — sigh), but in honor of Dorcas Reilly, you should make the classic from Campbell’s, which has cream of mushroom soup, green beans, milk, French’s Crispy Fried Onions, pepper, and soy sauce.
This is the only thing I’ll ever eat that has mushrooms associated with it. Isn’t that interesting and amazing?
Next Week’s Holidays and Events
Daylight Saving Time (November 4)
Don’t forget to turn your clocks back an hour before you go to bed Saturday night. Or just leave them alone and tell everyone you live in the future.
Election Day (November 6)
There are lots of important races next Tuesday, and there will be non-stop coverage on all of the major networks and cable news channels. If you need a ride to the polls, you might be able to get a free one, and if you’re throwing an Election Day party (for some reason), Martha Stewart can help.
Here’s a gallery of Post election covers over the years.
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