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eric k

I watched the BBC miniseries this weekend because it heard it was great and wanted to see it first.

If it is everything people said it was, really outstanding right up with some of the best BBC miniseries I've seen (House of Games, Tinker, Tailor, Sailor Spy, etc). Top notch cast. I can't imagine the movie being anywhere near as good, it simply wouldn't be possible in 2 hours.

Apostate

Wow. It's the sort of thing that is so great because it's subtle but unless it's spelled out for me, it would be *whoosh* right over my head. So its very subtlety (which makes it so cool) would ensure it wouldn't even be noticed.

And gah! I will NEVER be a complete American unless I get it about sports and I have sadly no interest whatsoever. Or maybe it'll rub off on me via osmosis the longer I live here; in my re-reading of A Man in Full, I am catching so many cultural references that I missed the first time around (my first reading of the book was while I was still in Saudi Arabia), such as mentions of Teamsters and the subtleties of race relations and the significance of plantations, etc., etc.

Maybe, some day, I will notice sports memorabilia and be able to make contextual and historical sense of it. I do have you, after all, to educate me on the finer points of American culture.

Tom C.

Another interesting Pennsylvania artifact: When the congressman's wife is on the phone with Cal, she tells him "the tabloids" (or maybe the "paparazzi") are outside. Among the news vans is one for WHYY, the Philadelphia PBS affiliate.

Jim 7

I went to Pittsburgh for a visit last summer. I'd be amazed if you can buy glassware without a Steelers logo in the area.

W.D. Arnold

Very glad you noticed that the story is told on many levels in a well designed film. The credit for these items belongs in fact to the Set Decorator and crew, very often mistaken as Set Designers.

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