Columbia University's Medical Center's Michael Terman has a book out entitled Chronotherapy: Resetting Your Inner Clock to Boost Mood, Alertness and Quality Sleep. It's about an inner clock we all posses. I can get on board with that. I can get on board with many things.
But he reduces everything to two simple categories: Larks or owls.
I don't buy it. Humanity is far too evolved and varied to be only two categories.
As a general rule, when a writer tries to go either/or dualistic, I run through my friends in my head to see who breaks his rule?
On this one, it is C.I. A lark easily wakes up at five in the morning, for example, while a night owl is often up to one or three in the morning. Okay, well C.I. is a night owl. So much so that she was on sleeping pills before she was even in first grade. But she's also an early riser. She will sometimes be up until two or three in the morning and still be up at 5 am. Or complain that she went to bed at three but "overslept" and got up at five-twenty.
Please note, she uses no alarm clock. She never has needed one.
She is able to go to sleep at midnight or one or two or three and still wake up at five.
Where is she in Chronotherapy? Another friend, Rachel, doesn't fit either. In fact, if C.I. and Rachel were bi-polar, they would fit in the book. But, as it stands, they don't.
There are some important points in the book, I just found it overly simplistic. Maybe I missed the point?
Last night, Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "The Grand Bargain" went up.
He truly has captured "the great bargain." Sad but true.
"TV: The networks go all Grand Guignol" (Ava and C.I., The Third Estate Sunday Review):
Friday night, Marcia wrote at length about the cancellation of Partners in "Partners gets the axe?" and what stood out most about the post to us was when she talked about Will and Grace. Mondays was the low-brow yuck-fest for NBC. Will and Grace was funny on that night but did not break out until NBC tried it on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Possibly The Big Bang Theory might have been a better pairing on Thursdays? That would have allowed Two And A Half Men to return to Mondays -- its absence appears to have effected Monday ratings.
Partners was a poorly promoted but very funny show. Of the new sitcoms on networks this fall, it was a ratings winner. The over-hyped NBC sitcom The New Normal, for instance, continues to tank in the ratings, Fox's Ben and Kate is doing even worse than The New Normal, and Partners has consistently gotten higher ratings than second season episode of ABC's Don't Trust The B---- in Apartment 23 which the network considers a hit. What Partners needed was the opportunity to build some word of mouth.
As Marcia pointed out, disgusting crap like the William Shatner sitcom and the awful American version of Worst Week were given much longer to find an audience. But maybe taking the axe to Partners allows the CBS suits to pretend like Monday nights aren't down an average of 1.5 million viewers? Maybe it will distract the Water Cooler Set from noting that as well?
They need not worry about the Water Cooler Set just yet. It takes very long for anything other than hype to register with them. What they should worry about was taking an axe to Partners.
If your line up is aging poorly -- as ratings suggest CBS Monday nights are -- the answer is rarely to keep the same shows on. What's usually needed is new blood, something fresh. So how cancelling the new show on Monday nights fixes the schedule escapes us.
At the end of Staight-Jacket, Joan Crawford accompanies Diane Baker to the asylum. Sadly, at the networks, crazy can never be confined.
Ava and C.I. hate what they wrote. I love it. Why do they hate it? They got pushed into it by two shows getting the axe on Friday.
So they were sort of drafted into that when they had something else to cover. I think if this had been a weekend where they came in with no real plans or goals, they'd realize how great what they wrote is.
It really is something.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):