The Sunday Magazine: Fly Me by Daniel Riley

I have been thinking about the good old days of air travel back in the 1970’s. When I took my first plane flight I wore a tie. They put linen down on the tray table; in coach. The stewardesses were exotic examples of American womanhood. Of course, that is not the case today; it costs less, you’re lucky if you get pretzels, and there are flight attendants who are as harried as anyone whose job is to work with the public. A new book sets itself within the early 1970’s following a stewardess living in Southern California. It is the debut novel by author Daniel Riley called “Fly Me”.

The protagonist is recent Vassar graduate Suzy Whitman who, in 1972, heads to California to join up with her sister Grace as a stewardess for fictional Grand Pacific Airlines. Mr. Riley captures the lifestyle of a stewardess expertly. The weight checks, insistence on proper makeup, that they stay single to further the fiction of availability. Grace is married and they must have two phone lines one for the airline to call and another for her and her husband. The airline milieu provides the backdrop for the main plot.

Daniel Riley

Suzy gets caught up in moving drugs for the local weed dealer. Money issues sink her deeper in her life of crime. Mr. Riley brings it all together with a liberal sprinkling of 1972 touchstones throughout the narrative. It is in this middle part of the book where it is at its best. The ending is a frantic mixture of implausible events that only happen in novels.

I found Fly Me a perfect book for the summer as Mr. Riley kept the story moving even when the plot lines got a little frayed. If you’ve been looking for something to remind you of the early 1970’s or you just want a breezy fun read for the last few weekends at the beach grab Fly Me and let Mr. Riley take you on a flight of fancy.

Mark Behnke

The Sunday Magazine: Sancerre Rose Wines

Here at Stately Colognoisseur Manor as we reach the end of the dog days of 2017 we start looking for ways to alleviate the heat and humidity. By this point in the summer I’ve had my fill of fresh corn, lemonade, and white wines. I start to want alternative summer refreshers. A few years ago, on a trip to buy some wine for an end-of-summer outing I was falling back on my old set of citrus forward whites to bring. I began talking to the wine manager and he said he had a suggestion as we walked back towards the rose section.

While I knew deep in my heart there are excellent representatives of this style of wine I had been scarred by the explosion of bad white zinfandel in the late 1980’s and 1990’s. I called it “pink swill” as it brought out the worst in my wine snob nature. I would marvel as the bottle would empty faster than anything else around it. I found a few different versions of roses which I could use as a defense mechanism when I was asked to bring the pink stuff to a party.

While accompanying the wine manager on this occasion he stopped in front of a set of bottles labeled “Sancerre” but with pink wine in the bottle. I was interested almost immediately. Sancerre is one of my favorite wines to go with seafood. The great majority of Sancerre is the French version of Sauvignon Blanc as that grape accounts for a huge majority of what is grown in this Central France region in the Loire Valley. Accounting for about 10-15% of the acreage in Sancerre is some pinot noir plantings which is used to produce Sancerre Rouge and Sancerre Rose. Surprisingly I prefer the pink to the red when it comes to this version of pinot noir.

The first bottle I purchased was Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Rose. If I classified white zinafandel as “pink swill” I had found the opposite in this salmon colored wine. It had a fruity sweetness of cherries and strawberries with herbs providing contrast. This will be the easiest one to find as it has the largest distribution.

There are other good producers worth seeking out. Look for Domaine Delaporte, Domaine Girard, Domaine Philippe Rambault, Domaine Sautereau, and Le Roi des Pierres.

These are delightful accompaniments to cold meals where you just don’t feel like turning on the oven in August. They are also great in place of the typical deck or beach sippers if you’re tired of your favorite whites by now.

I leave it to 1975 band The Fabulous Poodles to give the best wine advice for these dog days, “Think Pink!”

Mark Behnke

The Sunday Magazine: HBO The Defiant Ones

I grew up with rock & roll. It existed from the moment I could recognize music on the radio until today. I listen to music every day. It is astonishing that there is over fifty years of music and styles for me to choose from now. I have always enjoyed finding out the history and background of the story behind the music. There isn’t a lot of it shown anymore but the recent four-part series on HBO called The Defiant Ones spanned the fifty years of popular music through the stories of two men; Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre.

The series begins with their triumphant moment when they sell their Beats brand speakers and headphones to Apple for $3 billion in May of 2014. The deal was agreed to on a Friday with Apple asking the men to be quiet and allow them to make the announcement in the following week. Only to have Dre and Tyrese post a video, after partying, leaking the deal late Saturday night. The next 48-hours were both men worrying if it would cause Apple to renege. That they didn’t turn on each other shows the bond which had formed.

Jimmy Iovine (l.) and Dr. Dre

What struck me throughout the series were that both men were successes because they never stopped hustling. By the time they became partners there was nothing these two couldn’t achieve.

Mr. Iovine’s story is of working from cleaning up at the legendary Record Plant recording studio to finding a seat behind the mixing board. He works with some of the most influential musicians of the 1970’s. Throughout he never lost the drive to keep earning his seat in the studio. Dr. Dre started off as a DJ on the club scene in South Central LA constantly hustling until he uses the small studio behind one of the clubs to begin forming the sound that would become west coast hip-hop. Just like Mr. Iovine his drive would take him up the ladder always earning respect at each level because of his work ethic.

That’s just Part 1. The remaining episodes chronicle their rise before combining their talents when Mr. Iovine folded Death Row Records into his Interscope label along with Dr. Dre. Together the two men realized their shared vision of the music business could transform it. The remainder of the series tells that story through the roster of artists they championed.

If you are a fan of rock music The Defiant Ones is going to remind you of the DIY mentality that the best who operate in that world bring to it. The Defiant Ones proves if you never stop hustling there are no limits.

Mark Behnke

The Sunday Magazine: Something to Tell You by Haim

I have a hypothesis when it comes to artists. The second effort is a better indication of success than their debut. There is a reason for the phrase “sophomore slump”. It shows up particularly acutely in the music business. Most of the time by the time a band is signed they’ve had years together earning that. Which also means when they enter the studio they can choose the best songs over that time span to use. It becomes much more difficult when they are asked to come up with new material for a second album in a year or two. If they can I tend to believe there is a chance for long term success. The three sisters who comprise the group Haim are the latest to show whether they can avoid this.

Haim performing on SNL

Haim was one of those acts which built their reputation on their live shows. That is much of what sets them apart in an era of production values over authenticity. They spent a year recording their first album “Days are Gone”. The length of the process was due to their using their live shows as rehearsal for when they would finally record the track. I am very fond of a less produced sound; “Days are Gone” was right where I like my rock and roll.

The second album “Something to Tell You” was released at the beginning of this month. It shows a band evolving. It is a funny thing when it comes to Haim because they have defined a seemingly singular sweet spot between pop music and alt-rock. When I say that you might think that would mean Haim has compromised both sides of that to land in the middle. What I think is different is they manage not to compromise anything while being both alt and pop.

The first single “Want you Back” is a good example. It is a song about wanting what you gave up while taking responsibility. It is surrounded by hooks of all kind. It has been one of my favorite songs of the summer. It became indicative of an album examining relationships in crisis. I don’t know if this reflects anything real in any of the band’s real life but if not, they do know how to cut to the bone.

Over the last month my favorite song has become “Right Now”. It is a heartbreaking song of wondering what happened. There is a plaintive organ which carries the lyrics to their end. I spoke about how their live shows feed into what gets recorded and there is a video which was shot around their recording session for this album. Which shows a more “live” version. If you compare it to what ended up on the album you get a real window into how these artists work.

It tells me there is much more to come from these three talented musicians, no sophomore slump here.

Mark Behnke

The Sunday Magazine: Non-Perfume FAQ July 2017

One of the great joys of writing Colognoisseur is the amount of e-mail I receive. The interaction between reader and writer has sparked many story ideas on fragrance. When I started Colognoisseur I wanted to spend one day a week writing about non-perfume things. I always expected those to be my least read piece of the week, or month. What has been a pleasant surprise is some of the readership is also interested in the same things I am. I also get e-mails about that too. Because the perfume ones eventually get answered through a story I thought I’d take a week to answer some of the questions which have been asked about The Sunday Magazine topics.

The question I have received, particularly in the last three weeks, several times now is what convinced me to write this column. “What do you think of Twin Peaks: The Return?”

The volume of this question spiked after the airing of Episode 8. First as I replied to everyone who asked; no I have no idea what exactly was going on for that entire episode but I expect some of it will become clearer by the end of all 18 chapters.

To the larger question I have really found myself immersed in the vision of David Lynch and Mark Frost twenty-five years later. I think Mr. Lynch is telling the story in a way so different that it can be hard to embrace. Halfway home I am happy.

I received a half-dozen emails on the graphic novel “My Favorite Thing is Monsters” by Emil Ferris. With the question is there anything else like it to read? Short answer; no.

Better answer is Ms. Ferris uses graphic storytelling to tell her story in an unconventional way. If it is that which you are looking for “The Best We Could Do” by Thi Bui tells the story of her Vietnamese-American family and the immigration experience in the United States. It is timely and poignant.

What wine should I serve with BBQ? That’s an easy one where I have recommended the same thing for many years. The best BBQ wine is the reds from France’s Cotes du Rhone. They all come in at under $20 a bottle and provide an ideal counterpoint to the smoky barbecue. The best ones are from Guigal, Vidal-Fleury, and Louis Bernard.

Nobody asked but my favorite recent guilty pleasure is the Netflix series GLOW. Loosely based on the story of the first televised women’s professional wrestling show it captures the Los Angeles 1980’s milieu hysterically well. It is mostly played for laughs but the underlying point of women figuring out how to own their own lives by dressing up as wrestlers; is heartfelt.

Which leads to the number of responses my column on strong women in pop culture generated. From “not good enough; yet” to agreement with most of my hypothesis. I am happy that we can have the discussion with so many examples to choose from. I am looking forward to seeing Charlize Theron as Atomic Blonde next weekend. I don’t think that movie ever gets made five years ago.

Please keep writing to me and I’ll do this periodically when there are enough responses.

Mark Behnke

The Sunday Magazine: Lavender or Basil Lemonade

Here in Poodlesville we just went through our hottest days of 2017, so far. As much as I love my summer cocktails when the heat rises over triple digits I crave refreshment over anything else. For that my summer go-tos are iced tea and lemonade. By themselves they are near-perfect thirst quenchers. Even combining them half-and-half makes for a great drink. I was having this discussion with some other members of our community and was asked, “you must make lavender lemonade being a perfume guy, right?” Errr….umm…no I guess I don’t know about that.

That turned my annual trip to the local lavender farm into a mission to go get some to give this a try. While I was at the farm, speaking with one of the owners, she said, “of course if you’re going to do lavender lemonade you must have tried basil lemonade, right?” Errr…..um….no I never heard of that. I was beginning to feel positively uninformed. Thankfully enlightenment was but a pitcher away.

The addition of both lavender and basil to a basic lemonade recipe transforms them into something completely different. When I tried both for the first time I was strongly reminded of how in fragrance lavender or basil interact with lemon citrus notes. Except this time, it was on my tongue instead of my nose. Describing them is going to sound a lot like I am doing a perfume review.

Lavender lemonade is prepared by adding lavender to a boiling solution of sugar and water. Allowing it to steep for a couple of hours while cooling. I then strain the mixture into a pitcher add fresh squeezed lemon juice and water. Stir, followed by adding a lot of ice. It generates a light lilac colored drink giving it a festive air.

When I write about lavender in perfumes I mention how much I like those that capture the herbal character of it. When you extract it into hot sugar water it is that herbal quality which is transferred into the liquid. Combined with the tartness of lemons it makes for the same refreshing give-and-take which makes so many colognes with these ingredients so enjoyable.

Basil lemonade is made more like a mojito is; than the recipe for lavender lemonade. I take some basil leaves and some sugar in a pitcher. I use my cocktail muddler, but a big wooden spoon would work as well, and I crush the basil leaves and sugar together until I get a kind of green flecked paste consistency. I add lemon juice and water stirring until everything but the basil leaves dissolve. I strain it into a pitcher filled with ice. This adds a green hue to the lemonade which is also festive.

Basil lemonade is a bit more serious than the lavender version. By crushing the leaves instead of steeping them the basil provides a sharper taste contrast to the lemon. They go incredibly well together even with that being said.

I just visited our local lavender farm for the recent harvest when I saw the owner again I told her how much I enjoyed these lemonade variations in the year since I saw her. She smiled and then asked me, “did you try rhubarb lemonade?” Errr…um…no; to the rhubarb patch I go.

Mark Behnke

The Sunday Magazine: Wonder Woman

I have taken some time to comment on the new movie “Wonder Woman” here because I was waiting for a couple of things to happen before I wrote about it. Now that they have occurred it will allow me to make a more accurate assessment of why this movie stands out within the superhero genre of movie.

The movies of DC characters are often horrible creative failures because the people handling the heroes don’t understand what makes them popular within pop culture. Christopher Nolan understood Batman in his trio of movies. That’s where the list of DC successes ends. Since those Batman movies Zach Snyder has been put in charge of creating a DC Cinematic Universe as rich as the Marvel version. In the first few movies under his supervision he has decided on making dark gritty versions of the iconic heroes. It is a failure because he is giving way to what a comic fanboy wants but not the general public. The opposite of what Marvel does which is to always make sure their heroes embrace a neophyte. My first view of Wonder Woman, as played by actress Gal Gadot, was in Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. She was one of two things I walked out of that movie wanting to see more of. Except there was a voice in the back of my head saying, “Snyder is going to turn her into a nihilistic ninja”. Even in her scant screen time in her debut her sense of justice shone through so there was some hope. It turns out director Patty Jenkins not only understands her heroine she also understands what a woman deals with in a world of men which makes “Wonder Woman” stand apart.

Patty Jenkins

Ms. Jenkins uses Wonder Woman’s immortality as a way of setting her story in World War I-era Europe. The first part of the movie shows Diana from child to warrior. Eventually the war pierces the shield around the amazon island Themyscira. American spy Steve Trevor, played by Chris Pine, informs them of what is happening in the world. Diana realizes this is the mission she was born for and leaves with Steve to join the world and the battle. The next part of the movie is how Diana inserts herself into a world where women are not seen as equal. Through her actions and her presence, she never is allowed to dumb herself down. Ms. Jenkins keeps it all flowing by making the men seem a little smaller than Diana throughout. Through the entire movie Diana is what a heroine is defined by, caring for the less able, using your power for good, and trying to make right what is wrong. Ms. Jenkins and Ms. Gadot have provided a heroine without any of the grittiness so prevalent in the other DC movies.

Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) and Diana Prince (Gal Gadot)

Which is why I think it has been the most successful DC film in this era of the Extended Universe in the US. Ms. Gadot feels like she can be the linchpin which holds the DC Universe together in the same way Robert Downey Jr.’s portrayal of Iron Man has done for the Marvel movies. I think Ms. Jenkins should be given a seat at the table as Wonder Woman is used in things like the upcoming Justice League movie so she is not tarnished with a coating of grit. It would be a huge mistake for another reason.

By the third weekend of Wonder Woman’s release there were as many women going to see it as men. Gender parity for superhero movies never happens. Even the latest Star Wars with another great heroine was unable to manage gender parity in the theatre. You have a whole new audience who has been invited into the DC Universe by Ms. Jenkins and Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman is not like the other movies so far. If they take her darker for Justice League they will burn much of the good will they just earned. It seems like they are going to make her the equal of Ben Affleck’s Batman in Justice League and that would be a very wise move; if she stays the positive heroine we just learned to love.

Mr. Snyder and DC have shown an unerring attempt to fumble the ball which is why I am hoping he might hand some of the load to Ms. Jenkins because I think she understands what moviegoers want. The box office and the audience supports that conclusion.

Mark Behnke

The Sunday Magazine: The Stars are Legion by Kameron Hurley

I have spent many days on the beach lost in adventure among the stars. In the summer one of the genres I enjoy reading is one called “space opera”. It is an easy phrase to decode because it derives from “soap opera”. It contains some of the melodramatic elements of soaps but mostly it is a fast-moving story of heroes and villains in spaceships. In the early days that was all there was to the genre. The novels of E.E. Doc Smith, both the Skylark and Lensmen series, were just that. As the modern generation of science fiction authors wanted to pay homage to the space opera they also had more to say about society within the stories; Frank Herbert’s Dune series and Vernor Vinge’s A Fire Upon the Deep are good examples. Science fiction is now undergoing another sea change as authors who began their career writing online have expanded into the traditional print world. One of those authors Kameron Hurley has been one I’ve particularly enjoyed because she brings a great energy to her writing. Her two previous series Bel Dame Apocrypha and Worldbreaker Saga are examples. For this year she has released a stand-alone space opera, The Stars are Legion.

The best writers in science fiction love worldbuilding. I suspect through the process it also reveals a story to them. The worlds built by Ms. Hurley in her novel are in motion. They are world ships, taken together called The Legion, who have been traveling a very long time. so long that the survival of the ships and how they are kept together is the world in which we find our twin heroines Zan and Jayd.

Kameron Hurley

Zan wakes up from a coma with most of her memory missing. Jayd arrives to help fill in the gaps. She is told her loss of memory was caused by her mission to board the ship Mokshi. She is given the impression she has gone on this mission multiple times and has been the only survivor each time. The carrot they use to get her to go back; her memories are there on Mokshi. As she prepares for another run she realizes Jayd was a part of her life giving her another reason to want to succeed.

Again, she fails in boarding Mokshi and when she returns is cast into the center of the ship she is on along with all the other trash. Jayd is married off to one of the ruling warlords. The rest of the book is Zan crawling her way up through each successive level full of threats, including a real bug-eyed monster, at one point. Jayd engages in a Game of Thrones political adventure as she learns where the power in The Legion is centered and how to manipulate it. A different type of crawling through levels with different dangers but no less fascinating. By the end both women will discover the truth of what needs to happen. The suspense is whether they can be reunited to accomplish it.

Ms. Hurley has laid out a world where the decisions of Zan and Jayd propel the story to a climax of satisfying proportions. Which is exactly what I want while sitting in my beach chair.

Mark Behnke

The Sunday Magazine: The Colognoisseur Summer Playlist 2017

Summer has always been about the music. It is a soundtrack to the hazy humid days to keep me moving. It is a time to allow myself to revel in catchy hooks and unapologetic pop music riffs. As the summer of 2017 settles into place here are the songs which are on my Summer 2017 playlist. First there are the songs I want to sing out loud in the car with the windows down and the wind blowing in.

Top of my list is Hiccups by WATERS. It has one of the catchier guitar hooks in a while. Along with that there is a line in the chorus, “I ain’t got no regrets” said with proto-punk sneer which gets better the louder it is turned up.

If there is a prom queen of summer anthems it might be Carly Rae Jepsen. She knows how to make pop music which relies on catchy lyrics matched to a driving dance beat. This summer “Cut to the Feeling” cuts to the chase and roars out of the blocks.

Then there are the wistful ballads which define every summer; Want you Back by HAIM is one which will make me think of 2017. The sisters Haim sing about wanting back the one who you left. My favorite line is, “I’ll take the fall and the fault in us” which encapsulates the realization of mistakes made.

I’ve been listening to Bad Liar by Selena Gomez which is her vocal over a bass line and clap track. I love great bass lines and the one here is awesome. Funny thing it was one I should have recognized as it is from Talking Heads’ Psycho Killer. Tina Weymouth was always an underrated bassist. That killer bass line isolated in Bad Liar allows Ms. Gomez the most sturdy of foundations to add her voice to.

I have been glued to the revival of Twin Peaks. The first six episodes ended with a current band playing on stage in The Bang Bang Bar. At the end of episode 4 I was introduced to Au Revoir Simone as they performed Lark. It is a dreamy (what else?) swirling soundscape which puts me in a Twin Peaks mood and that is very summer 2017.

In the same vein, Green Light by Lorde has an infectious indie energy which she seems to effortlessly channel. In my mind I am doing her herky jerky dance moves whenever I listen to this.

I also want that pop version of EDM on my summer playlist. This year Call on Me by Starley is filling that slot. Ryan Riback provides the beats in this remix which ignites this song.

The party song is I’m the One by DJ Khaled where he pulls together Justin Bieber, Lil Wayne, Chance the Rapper, and Quavo of Migos. All I know is when I listen to this I want to be where they are.

My final picks are the first songs from upcoming releases. I think Arcade Fire is one of the greatest rock bands working. Just in time for summer they released the title song for the new album “Everything Now”. The whole thing releases at the end of July until then Everything Now will keep me happy.

The other July release I am looking forward to is coming from producer Mura Masa. He has also released a summer-ready collaboration with charli XCX from the upcoming album; 1-Night. As a preview it is fabulous but I will admit it is the song he is doing with Christine and the Queens on the album I am most looking forward to hearing.

Until Labor Day it is these songs which will be flowing through my headphones and playing in the car on road trips.

-Mark Behnke

The Sunday Magazine: American Gods

One of the great things about all the choice we now have for our video entertainment is it has ushered in an age of television and movies that can find the right way to adapt a literary source. When I was a teenager and we would have these discussions about what actor would play what beloved literary character; in my head was “never gonna happen”. Now, even the most fractious literature can be turned into vision. When I read American Gods by Neil Gaiman back in 2001 I thought “never gonna happen” because a complex pastiche of vignettes and stories seemingly would never translate to a smooth visual narrative. Turns out it has happened as the first season of American Gods is wrapping up on Starz.

The central premise of Mr. Gaiman’s story is because America was founded by immigrants each brought the gods of their home with them to this new country. It allowed each of the Old Gods to find a foothold to provide enough worship and sacrifice to keep them going. As we enter the present day there are New Gods; Technical Boy, Media, and Mr. World. The story is America has arrived at a tipping point where the New Gods can potentially remove the Old Gods from the country, probably dooming them.

The protagonists in the story are Shadow Moon who is released from prison after serving his sentence only to find out his wife Laura dies in a car accident. On his way home, he meets Mr. Wednesday who hires him as his bodyguard/assistant. Shadow becomes the reader’s, and viewers’, window into the machinations of the world of American Gods.

Neil Gaiman (l.) and Bryan Fuller

This is difficult story material to tell visually except the person they hired to do it is one of my favorite television creative minds; Bryan Fuller. Mr. Fuller has a way of telling fractured fairy tales as exemplified by his series Dead Like Me, Wonderfalls, and Pushing Daisies. It turns out many of the themes of American Gods are ones already explored in those previous series.

Throughout the first season Mr. Fuller has overseen an adaptation which I am much fonder of than the book it is based upon. I liked Mr. Gaiman’s book fine but I have never adored it as much as most who are fans. Mr. Fuller’s adaptation I am brought in to in a way the book didn’t. The reason is Mr. Fuller has made a change to the book and it turns out to be for the better.

Mad Sweeney (Pablo Schreiber) and Laura Moon (Emily Browning) on the road

As I mentioned Laura Moon dies in a car accident. She is brought back to life after which she meets a leprechaun who stands six feet tall. For his own reasons, Mad Sweeney wants to help Laura fully resurrect from her walking dead woman status. Throughout the first season their relationship is like an odd couple road comedy. It is funny and the actors are fantastic in the roles, Pablo Schreiber plays Mad Sweeney and Emily Browning plays Laura Moon.

In the book, they play supporting roles to Shadow and Mr. Wednesday. In the television series, they are almost the main reason to watch. It culminated in the penultimate episode titled “A Prayer for Mad Sweeney”. The episode used one of the more interesting plot devices in both novel and series. Sprinkled throughout are vignettes titled “Somewhere in America” followed by a date. Each mini story tells of a God and how it deals with its worshippers in America. The tales are narrated by Mr. Ibis who works at a funeral parlor with Mr. Jacquel. Mr. Ibis is compelled to write these stories down as they come to him. “A Prayer for Mad Sweeney” is an entire episode in which Mr. Ibis relates the story of Essie MacGowan. How she ends up in American and brings Mad Sweeney with her. Ms. Browning also plays Essie. The episode displays the parallels between Essie and Laura. Where we see how it all turns out for Essie we are left wondering if that is also in store for Laura. Mr. Schreiber is having a gigantic amount of fun playing Mad Sweeney. In this episode, he gets to show off what he can do. If you have any desire to see if the series is to your liking this is the episode to try. Here is the funny thing almost everything in this episode is not in the book.

Mr. Ibis as played by Demore Barnes

I’m not sure if that is going to be a problem in the long run because what has made me enjoy American Gods the series more than the book has been Laura and Mad Sweeney. I know where the book heads from the ending of this season and there are still are still big moments for both but not a lot. Even though I am worried; this is what makes Mr. Fuller such an engaging storyteller. He has a way of creating characters with whom I want to spend hours watching.

The first season has just come to an end so you can binge watch all eight episodes if you want. Also, the book is a great beach read. Both have their pleasures and there are seemingly enough differences that experiencing both, enhances both.

Mr. Gaiman’s universe of Gods, Old and New, fighting for the attention of Americans has found the right time along with the right visionary in Mr. Fuller to turn “never gonna happen” to something patently untrue.

Mark Behnke