Monday, January 16, 2017

Oh Canada, Eh?

A yearlong, nationwide celebration has begun.



Canada celebrates its 150th birthday on July 1, 2017. The sesquicentennial. Bonus points if you can pronounce it correctly. No, it is NOT pronounced Sasquatch-Centennial!

Why wait until July 1st when we're ready to party now?

You'll be reading more posts about Canada this year than ever before, here on Infomaniac. zzzzzz. Did someone just doze off? Attention, Bitches!

First of all, here's what we here at Infomaniac want to know...

Have you been to Canada and if so, where did you go and how did you like it?

Blue Monday


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The third Monday in January (today) is believed to be the most depressing day of the year, aka "Blue Monday."

Wrong. The most depressing day falls this year on Friday, January 20th, aka Inauguration Day.

Over to you, Ikettes...

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Victoria Reminder

VICTORIA. Tonight on PBS.



If you've forgotten what I'm talking about, click here.

Don't ask me what time. Consult a TV Guide, Bitches.

And don't blame me if you don't enjoy it as much as Downton Abbey but it's all we've got until the next Downton Abbey comes along. Having said that, it's good viewing pleasure, nonetheless.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Reflections on Reading - The Book Challenge Concludes

The Mistress wishes to thank those of you who took part in The 2016 Infomaniac Book Challenge.


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This time last year, several of you stated that you wanted to READ MORE BOOKS in 2016. We here at Infomaniac hope we challenged you to do so or at least inspired you to get lost in a book from time to time.

The Mistress read 52 books in 2016; up by only two books from the previous year. However, I'm pleased that I was able to indulge my passion for reading as often as I did.

Of those 52 books,  40 were Non-fiction and 12 were Fiction. I don't know how that works out as far as percentages are concerned but clearly, I have a preference for non-fiction. And of those 40 Non-fiction books, 9 were music-related and 13 were either biographies or autobiographies.

I don't know what these findings say about me. But look at your own reading choices over the past year and note what patterns you find.

There are no plans for a 2017 Book Challenge but we here at Infomaniac will continue to post about what we've been reading, from time to time, and encourage you to share your selections too.

And as the French say, "Bonne lecture!" (Happy reading!)

Sunday, January 08, 2017

The 2016 Infomaniac Book Challenge: Your November-December Choices

It's time for you Bitches to have your say.


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Tell us what you've been reading during the months of November and December for The 2016 Infomaniac Book Challenge.

Friday, January 06, 2017

The Mistress's Reading List: November-December

The Mistress read 8 books during the months of November and December.


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On SUNDAY, you Bitches will have your turn to tell us what you've been reading during the months of NOVEMBER & DECEMBER for The 2016 Infomaniac Book Challenge.

TODAY, we look at the Mistress's list of books for November and December. This time, it's all Non-Fiction.

Canada by Mike Myers (published 2016)...



Canadian born comedian Mike Myers' book about his 53-year love affair with Canada. Packed full of anecdotes about Canadian culture and history, it's funny, as you'd expect, and full of personal stories on how the country shaped his personality and influenced his work. An affectionate look at our nation from a proud ex-pat.

Testimony by Robbie Robertson (published 2016)...



A must-read for fans of The Band: 4 Canadians and an Arkansan who produced a unique sound and an impressive body of work. As The Band's main songwriter, Robertson takes us on a musical journey from his early days in rock 'n' roll to The Band's "The Last Waltz" concert in 1976. The book draws to a close when Robertson is only 33 years old (he's now 73) so expect another memoir in future.

Leonard Cohen on Leonard Cohen: Interviews and Encounters by Jeff Burger (published 2016)...



A collection of more than 50 interviews Cohen conducted between 1966 and 2012. Fascinating reading yet Cohen remains an enigma.

Anatomy of a Song: The Oral History of 45 Iconic Hits That Changed Rock, R&B and Pop by Marc Myers (published 2016)...



Consider this an oral history jukebox. Songwriters and performers reveal the inspirations and stories behind their songs.

Kathy Griffin's Celebrity Run-Ins: My A-Z Index by Kathy Griffin (published 2016)...



The Mistress is not too obsessed with the cult of celebrity but she cannot resist Kathy Griffin dishing the dirt on the likes of Woody Allen and "The Donald" to name just two.

The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads by Tim Wu (published 2016)...



This books reveals the history of how media resells human attention to advertisers. It shows us that every day, we are openly bought and sold by attention merchants such as television, Facebook and Twitter.

I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual by Luvvie Ajayi (published 2016)...



The author's "debut book of humorous essays that dissects our cultural obsessions and calls out bad behavior in our increasingly digital, connected lives. It passes on lessons and side-eyes on life, social media, culture and fame, addressing those terrible friends we all have to serious discussions of race and media representation to what to do about your fool cousin sharing casket pictures from Grandma’s wake on Facebook."

The Six: The Lives of the Mitford Sisters by Laura Thompson (published 2016)...



Born with silver spoons in their mouths, the six Mitford Sisters were the toast of British society. Born between 1904 and 1920, the lives of these sisters was a mix of snobbery, seduction and scandal.


That's it for The Mistress's choices. Be sure to return on SUNDAY to tell us about the books you've been reading.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Meanwhile, Down in the Oubliette

The Mistress returns on Friday.



In the meantime, don't let the door to The Oubliette hit you on your way back down.