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Was on Fox 2 Detroit’s morning show! They were very gracious and kind. Thank you to all. Got to talk about House, M.D. and Chasing Zebras. You can watch here:
Tomorrow, December 9:
I will be at Something’s Brewing Coffee House in Grayslake, IL. Stop by, have a cup of coffe or a nosh and schmooze with me about House M.D.!
From 9-10:30 a.m. I’ll be signing books at the downtown Grayslake store
82 E Center St
Downtown Grayslake, IL 60030
From 11 a.m.-1 p.m. I’ll be at the Washington St. location
1126 E Washington St
Across from The College of Lake County
Grayslake, IL 60030
(Across from The College of Lake County)
I will have books for purchase–or bring your already acquired copy and I’ll be happy to sign that
Monday morning, December 13,
I’ll be on Fox 2 Detroit’s morning show, probably in the 9 ET hour sometime. You should be able to stream the broadcast on the station’s main page.
January 20, 2011
Signing at Barbara’s Bookstore’s biggest store right next to the University of Illinois at Chicago from 6-8 p.m.
“”Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House, M.D.” is, perhaps, the ultimate fan tribute to the long running Fox network series, starring multiple Emmy nominee Hugh Laurie. Despite the fact that I had never watched an episode of “House,” I found the book to be very interesting, informative and expertly researched. Clearly author Barbara Barnett is a huge fan of the series and putting together this unofficial guide to “House” must have been a labor of love for her.”
Read more: Pop Culture Guy loves Chasing Zebras
Barry Grey at Suite101.com also has some very nice things to say about the book:
The book’s subtitle is equally revealing: The Unofficial Guide to House, M.D. Since it’s not authorized or sanctioned by Fox or the show’s producers, Barnett doesn’t have to compromise her criticism.
”Just because you’re a fan of the show, it doesn’t necessarily mean you love every minute of it,” she told Suite 101 in a telephone interview. “And yes, I tend to look at the episodes through a more ‘glass is half-full’ versus ‘glass is half-empty’ eye. Because I want to like the show. I want the show to succeed. But it doesn’t always.
“I do watch it with an objective eye. And I don’t like all the characters, and I don’t like all the writing and I don’t like all the (medical) cases.”
House, M.D. Inspired By Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes
Barnett has been writing about House on the internet for three years, calling her blogcritics.org column Welcome to the End of the Thought Process: An Introspective Look at House, M.D. (For the record, there are at least three other books available about the series, including the official one, by Ian Jackman and series star Hugh Laurie, although it’s unclear how much Laurie wrote beyond the book’s forward.)
At 429 pages, Barnett’s book is remarkably comprehensive. Early on, she retraces series creator David Shore’s well-known conception of the misanthropic Gregory House and best friend Dr. James Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard) as equivalents of a pair of fictional sleuth-confederates: Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.
Read more at Suite101: TV’s House Studied With Surgical Precision in Blogger’s New Book http://www.suite101.com/content/tvs-house-studied-with-surgical-precision-in-bloggers-new-book-a311820#ixzz163T72z5N
Busy, Busy Week for Chasing Zebras publicity.
This past week I did an interview with the Wheeling, Illinois Journal and Topics (for all you Northwest Suburbs of Chicago guys).
Monday: I’ll be appearing on the FoxChicago Morning Show in the 8:50 segment!!!!! My first live studio interview on TV. We’ll be talking about the book, of course and about House, M.D. (maybe even Monday’s episode)
More interviews: Barry Grey @Studio101.com, NYGossip Gal and an interview with my alumni association magazine from High School. Very, very busy week.
Meet Barbara Barnett
Chasing Zebras: The UNOFFICIAL Guide to House, M.D.
And Co-Executive Editor /TV Columnist of
November 9, 2010
9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. at
Congregation Beth Shalom’s annual holiday boutique
Beth Shalom is located at 3433 Walters Avenue, Northbrook, IL.
|From Exclusive Magazine
|Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House, MD
By: Barbara Barnett
(Paperback / 352 pages / Ecw Press / ISBN: 1550229559 / $17.95)Description: ‘Chasing Zebras’ is a resource for seasoned fans, an atlas for new viewers, and a guide for students of television, film and pop culture. It combines Barnett’s insights with details from her numerous interviews with the show’s writers, producers and actors.
Verdict: Now, and for the record, House is not my kind of guy – too rude – but the show appealed to me for some reason. This book helped me understand why. House claims he only cares about solving the medical mysteries, yet somehow you sense that he really has compassion for many of his patients. The book explains the subtle comments and signs that indicate he does.
It reflects skillful scriptwriting and acting. In addition, the book’s in-depth analysis of House as a brilliant but troubled person humanizes him and creates a level of sympathy that somewhat excuses his behavior. The other main characters are profiled as well. These profiles are a reminder that the more you know about someone – on TV or in real life – the more connected with them you feel.What this book really did for me, though, was teach me to better understand and appreciate good scriptwriting. Author Barnett, whose own writing I found impressive, explains how the stories and the characters are developed and presented. I plan to watch the show more often, and will be looking and listening more closely for things that reveal motives and insights into the personalites of the characters. I think anyone reading this book will become a smarter viewer, not only of this series, but of other dramas. [JVO]