Thursday, March 20, 2008

Seize the Day! Staring at the Sun: Overcoming the Terror of Death: Irvin D. Yalom: Books

This is a tough book to get into. That's not a knock on Yalom, whose writing is engaging and warm throughout despite a chilly topic. But who really wants to ponder their own mortality for 300 pages?

But this is a book that, once you get into it, can change your life. I finished it two months ago, and I am reviewing it now because I've finally had time for it to sink in. I challenge you to read this book and not come away reconsidering your priorities, questioning whether the choices you have made in life are the right ones, wondering if you're letting your fears dominate your life.

So much of what we fear, Yalom argues, is really our fear of death, of the transitory nature of existence, of the one way flow of time. And only by facing up to these realities, and to the possibility that this is all there is, can we wake up, grasp what a gift it is to be alive, and seize the opportunity we have in whatever time we have left.

In short, this seemingly morbid little tome can wake you from your slumber and get you pursuing happiness again. Give it a shot.

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Monday, March 03, 2008

Nuke Monday

The AP article on Luke and Noah has exploded; it's suddenly everywhere!

Including the front page of


And the front page of USA Today's Life section (in the actual paper):


And even, finally, the front page of The Advocate's Web site:


Going Worldwide

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | US soap viewers demand gay kiss

People are reading about Luke and Noah in Britain this morning!

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Let My People Kiss!

Unexpected protest at a soap - Yahoo! News

And then it was everywhere. The Associated Press has a story by David Bauder out this morning, and it's appearing on the Web sites of major newspapers, and a lot of smaller ones, across the country. Luke and Noah are everywhere!

EDIT: Including the New York Times, where the story has a better headline: Unexpected Soap Protest Favors Gay Kiss.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Keep It Coming

Their soap smooch made history. Fans ask: Will it happen again? - The Boston Globe

First the LA Times, then the New York Daily News. This morning readers in Boston woke to find Luke and Noah on the front page of their paper's arts section, accompanied by one of the hottest pictures ever committed to print:

The media blitz continues!