MAR
2010
02

If Fabio Could Skate…

Manolo says, he would have too much dignity to do this,,,

Although, it did certainly make the Manolo laugh.

P.S. In answer to the unasked question, What will Evgeni Plushenko look like in the decade…

Martina Navratilova

P.P.S. The tip of the Manolo’s homburg to the Professor Althouse.

What the Manolo Is…

Manolo says, it is Tuesday, time to see what the Manolo is…

Listening to…

Reading…

Watching…

As great as the movie Paper Moon is, and it is great, the book on which it is based, Addie Pray, is even better.

One of the Manolo’s biggest complaints about modern young adult novels (at least those not involving wizards or vampires) is that the central character is more often the victim than the hero, who triumphs not through wits and action, but through simple endurance.

Imagine, then, how the writers of 21st century young adult fiction would treat the problems of Addie Pray, the newly orphaned 11-year-old girl released into the custody of the nomadic petty criminal who may or may not be her father, and then do it in exactly the opposite manner, and you would have Joe David Brown’s book, which is by turns sweet, hilarious, and wonderful.

And, among the most amazing things is that this wonderful book could then be translated into the wonderful movie, something which may be confirmed by watching the famous Nehi and the Coney Island scene…

And which after viewing makes you feel sad about the fates of Tatum and Ryan O’Neal.