What I’m Reading
“The End” – Ian Kershaw
In a war already long lost, why did average German dedicate themselves
to fight on in a futile war amounting to little more than protracted
Germany’s slow lurch towards the abyss is detailed in
what one reviewer quoted as a “catalogue of German torment” and the
statistics belie any comprehension of what any person today could
possibly fathom – Fifty per cent of the German soldiers who died in the war were killed in the last 10 months of early 1945 at a rate of 350,000 per month.
Kershaw’s investigation into the ideological, bureaucratic and psychological reasons prolonging the inevitable makes for fascinating reading in an account which is both scholarly and captivating.
I’ve also read Antony Beevor’s, “Berlin 1945: The Downfall” which places a more human face on the battle in contrast to Kershaw’s more academic treatment. However, they are both outstanding accounts of an end to the horrors in the European Theater.
What I’m Watching
I’m going to review this film in more detail in a future article, but it’s an interesting follow-up of sorts to Chris Bell’s first expose into America’s growing dependence and addiction to performance enhancing chemicals. I love Bell’s style and ability to unpack a larger issue juxtaposed alongside the microcosm of his own family unit. I wish Bell could have directed Generation Iron – it would have been a totally different film.
Two women of different ages and backgrounds find common ground and friendship due to their respective parent’s impending marriage. Quirky characters and a dialogue driven story-line made this indie comedy an enjoyable watch. Wood-Allen meets Seinfeld, it was like watching a stage performance play out on the screen.
Quote of the Week
“Hard work makes muscle grow. More work and harder work generally makes them grow more. I think that’s about the safest statement about muscle growth, and also the most useful, since it helps keep people from getting hung up on details that just aren’t very important.” – Greg Nuckols
Pics of the Week
One of the best bodybuilders of the Golden Era not only possessed a physique that drew all eyes to him, but also a unique style that put him in a class of his own. Here’s a collection of pics featuring some of (Pimpdaddy) “Sergio’s swag”.