Lunch in the Loft

Karen Emmerling, proprietor of Beach Books with J.S. James, author of “River Run.”

Since forsaking cable we watch a lot less TV. In fact, when we turn it on, it’s only watch to Netflix. I don’t think I’m missing much as I listen to breaking news throughout the day thanks to Tune-In, a free streaming service.

Last week CNN live streamed the Senate impeachment hearing over the Internet. Cable TV, at least right now, seems irrelevant.

Netflix, by the way, is a great source of diversion and entertainment. The first few weeks we were off TV I watched a police procedural series called “Unbelievable” starring Toni Collette, an Aussie actress. The show is based on a true crime story and won lots of awards. Since I like Collette so much, I also watched her in a series called “Wanderlust” where she plays the wife half a couple experimenting with open marriage.

After that I watched all three seasons of “Atypical,” starring another favorite actress of mine, Jennifer Jason Leigh, who plays the mom of a young man with autism. My husband tricked me into watching an awful movie called “Below Her Mouth,” which if you ask me was soft porn. He fell asleep halfway through it, which was really annoying.

I took a break from Netflix to attend a Lunch in the Loft event at Beach Books last Thursday. The featured author was J.S. James, who prefers to be called Joe who is the author of “River Run,” a novel set in the Willamette Valley. Penguin Random House, who published it, calls it an explosive debut mystery about a newly minted deputy thrust into the cutthroat world of hunting.

James read a thrilling section of his book to an enchanted audience. Over a delicious chicken and veg soup served with a lentil salad catered by Dough Dough Bakery, he relayed to a attentive audience how most of his writing happens in coffee shops.

“My tendency is to start each story with a big bang,” he said. “Fueled by high-octane caffeine.”

Back at home, we’re currently fixated on a Netflix series called “Love,” a romantic comedy created by Judd Apatow. It’s about millennials in Los Angeles, which already should tell you a lot. A pretty 30-year-old woman is a producer of a call-in radio advice show whose star is a husky teenage girl with potty mouth. Her boyfriend, and by season three he is her official boyfriend, is an aspiring screenwriter. His day job is on the set of a TV show called Wichita, which is about teen witches. He’s a teacher whose job is forcing algebra and American history on to the teen cast members when they’re not on set. The star of Wichita is Apatow’s younger daughter, Iris, now 17, who steals the show and is much more interesting than any other character.

“Love” is challenging. The 30-something characters have a way of rubbing OK Boomers like me all wrong way. They talk too much and have to process everything. They’re always checking in with their feelings. They also call each other “dude.”

I can’t wait to finish the series so I can return to books.

On Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m., Beach Books is doing a signing and reading with David Robinson, author of “Cloud Devotion,” a book of thought-provoking questions providing a year full of soul-nourishing morsels. I’m not entirely sure what that means but Robinson is the pastor of the Cannon Beach Community Church and a Cannon Beach resident. The event is free and open to the public. Come one, come all.

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