Posted in Nonfiction

Talking As Fast As I Can Review

talkingasfastasicanTalking As Fast As I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between by Lauren Graham

Published: November 29th 2016 by Ballantine Bookes

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Genre: nonfiction, autobiography

Goodreads Summary:

In this collection of personal essays, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood reveals stories about life, love, and working as a woman in Hollywood—along with behind-the-scenes dispatches from the set of the new Gilmore Girls, where she plays the fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore once again.

In Talking as Fast as I Can, Lauren Graham hits pause for a moment and looks back on her life, sharing laugh-out-loud stories about growing up, starting out as an actress, and, years later, sitting in her trailer on the Parenthood set and asking herself, “Did you, um, make it?” She opens up about the challenges of being single in Hollywood (“Strangers were worried about me; that’s how long I was single!”), the time she was asked to audition her butt for a role, and her experience being a judge on Project Runway (“It’s like I had a fashion-induced blackout”).

In “What It Was Like, Part One,” Graham sits down for an epic Gilmore Girls marathon and reflects on being cast as the fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore. The essay “What It Was Like, Part Two” reveals how it felt to pick up the role again nine years later, and what doing so has meant to her.

Some more things you will learn about Lauren: She once tried to go vegan just to bond with Ellen DeGeneres, she’s aware that meeting guys at awards shows has its pitfalls (“If you’re meeting someone for the first time after three hours of hair, makeup, and styling, you’ve already set the bar too high”), and she’s a card-carrying REI shopper (“My bungee cords now earn points!”).

Including photos and excerpts from the diary Graham kept during the filming of the recent Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, this book is like a cozy night in, catching up with your best friend, laughing and swapping stories, and—of course—talking as fast as you can.

Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between

When I first discovered this book in Target in December, I thought Lauren Graham writes books? I immediately wanted to get it, but alas that trip to Target was not for books for myself, but for Christmas presents. Alas, it wouldn’t be until almost a month later before I could finally get my hands on this book!! (Thank you birthday money!)

I thought this book was very light and funny, exactly what you would think Lauren Graham would sound like if she was sitting right next to you discussing life. I didn’t know that she wrote another book already, so I am definitely going to go check it out the next time I am ordering books off of Amazon.

My favorite parts of the book was well basically all of it, but especially the parts where she discusses the original Gilmore Girls and what it was like back then and then her time on the revival. I don’t remember how I discovered the show in the first place, but I do remember that my roommate back in college and I would watch the reruns on ABC Family every morning while getting ready for the day. It was our little tradition and even though I have all of the DVDs, I love that I can binge watch them on Netflix anytime I want. It drives my husband nuts!

If you love Lauren Graham then you will not want to miss this memoir! It was fast paced, funny, and very down to Earth.

 

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Posted in History, Nonfiction, Shoes

HeLa (2/8/1951)

My husband just bought the Steph Curry 2.0 Black History Month basketball shoes. (Really he bought them because he liked the colors and the fact that they were Steph Curry’s.) After they came in the mail, we noticed that there was a date on the end of the shoelace. 2/8/51. I immediately started Googling to find out exactly what that date meant in relation to the shoes.

HeLa post

 

Okay…not very helpful. Obviously, I was going to have to be more specific in my search. So I tried again.

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Alright, finally getting somewhere. I ignored all of the posts from Pinterest, mainly because I didn’t want to go through all of the pins to find the one I wanted. So finally a Wikipedia page came up. Something I could use as a springboard for further research!

Thankfully, I didn’t have to go digging further because I’ve already had some knowledge on the subject and told my husband the basics. So what is so special about 2/8/1951? In short, February 8, 1951 is the day a research scientist took cells from Henrietta Lack’s tumor that contained cervical cancer without her knowledge or consent. George Gey found out that these cells could be kept alive and was able to isolate a single specific cell, multiply it, and start a cell line. He called these cells HeLa and is termed “immortal” because they can be divided an unlimited amount of times in a laboratory. Scientists have grown approximately 20 tons of her cells, and there are almost 11,000 patents involving HeLa cells (Wikipedia).

Henrietta Lacks, as HeLa, is known to present-day scientists for her cells from cervical cancer. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells were taken without her knowledge and still live decades after her death. Cells descended from her may weigh more than 50M metric tons.

HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb’s effects; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions. Yet Henrietta Lacks was buried in an unmarked grave.

The journey starts in the “colored” ward of Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1950s, her small, dying hometown of Clover, Virginia — wooden slave quarters, faith healings, and voodoo. Today are stark white laboratories with freezers full of HeLa cells, East Baltimore children and grandchildren live in obscurity, see no profits, and feel violated. The dark history of experimentation on African Americans helped lead to the birth of bioethics, and legal battles over whether we control the stuff we are made of.IMG_0001

 

Now we know who the shoes are about and what that day in history meant. Next is why did they choose those colors? Initially, I was not a big fan of the pink and purple combo (but it has slowly grown on me as my husband continues to wear them).

Google images

A simple Google search led me to this picture from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). You can easily see where their inspiration came from. What is neat about the Steph Curry shoes, is that this image is printed on the inside of the shoe! So I knew I was definitely on the right track when they matched!

If you want to look/buy the shoes, you can purchase them on the Under Armour website (link provided below)

UA Curry Two Basketball Shoes BHM

If you would like to purchase The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks you can click the link below for Amazon.

Amazon- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks