Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
I'm joining the 100+ Reading Challenge for 2009...I'm vowing to read 100 books or more next year, join up too why don't you!?! Go over to J. Kay's Book Blog, sign up, and get your reading on...well, next year anyway!
Over at the Book Lady's Blog, A great new meme is making its presence known throughout the blogosphere, The ABC List of Favorite Books!…I mean, I managed to find it so surely it will make its way around soon J Anyway, type out your alphabet and see how many YOU can fill in!
B-The Book Thief, The Book of Lost Things
C-Chocolat, City of
E-The Electric Michelangelo
F-Five Quarters of the
G-A Game of Thrones, Gargoyle, The
H-His Majesty’s Dragon, Hero and the Crown, Host, Heartsick
I-I am the Messenger
L-Lace Reader, Lightning’s Daughter, Lulu Meets God and Doubts Him
N-Now You See Her
O-Open Season, Old Man’s War
P-People of the Book, Proust Was a Neuroscientist, Pillars of the Earth
S-Sunshine, Sunday’s With Vlad, The Sugar Queen
T-The Taking, The Teacher’s Funeral, The Thirteenth Tale
U-The Uncommon Reader
V-The Virgin Blue, A Voyage Long and Strange, Vertical Run
W-Water For Elephants, The Worst Hard Time, Water Mirror
Y-Year of Wonders
Z-Z is for Zachariah, Zookeeper’s Wife
Anyone reading? If so, make an ABC List of Favorites post on your own blog or bloggy type application.
Friday, November 21, 2008
I am still LoViNg my new tattoo. It makes me smile at least 5 times per day. Of course, now that this has healed up I'm already thinking of what I want next. I have absolutely no idea how someone just gets one tattoo.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
the crud has decended and I have been stricken....SO not looking forward to work tomorrow :(
Friday, November 14, 2008
Pass it on to five other bloggers, and tell them to open the nearest book to page 56. Write out the fifth sentence on that page, and also the next two to five sentences. The CLOSEST BOOK, not your favorite or most intellectual.
The Yankees surrendered, and that evening Forrest's men were on their way again, leaving as fast as they had come. Hearing the news of Forrest's raid on Murfreesboro, and fearing a threat to their hold on the state's capital itself, the Union army at Nashville quickly pulled back from the forces they had too confidently spread all across Middle and West Tennessee. For the rest of the summer and fall the Union army would remain encamped in and around Nashville behind strong fortifications. And so it was to Murfreesboro that Bragg now, in late fall, decided to concentrate his entire Army of Tennessee. He hoped to entice the Union army into a battle in which Bragg would hold the defensive advantage.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
There Are 2 Gaps in Your Knowledge
Where you have gaps in your knowledge:
Where you don't have gaps in your knowledge:
Dear Midnight Meat Train,
It was so great to see you on Wednesday night at the old, one-screen Clay Theatre in San Francisco. Pretty awesome that someone caught your pitiful theatrical release and decided to book you for a two-night run here. Actual people do things so much better than corporations sometimes.
Anyway, there's no easy way to say this: I love you. In fact, I think I might be in love with you. Deep inside I think you know the depth of my affection. But let me list just a few examples of your awesomeness.
I love how artfully, how meticulously, you were directed. You're freakin' beautiful, is what you are. What happened to the Ryuhei Kitamura who made the smug, ugly, useless Versus? I wasn't prepared for this evocative, moody plunge into bleakness. Every shot is a wonderfully unreal composition of light and shadow; every angle and camera move seems calculated to make you as unsettling as possible.
I love that you took the time to get the details right. The little things -- they're so difficult. The relationship between the main character and his girlfriend/fiance is believable and sweet; there are some genuinely lovely scenes in the first half, moments where you just pause to regard these people outside of the plot. And those photos that are supposed to make Leon a star in the New York art world? Those are actually some great freakin' photos. I bought it, y'know?
I love the way the ending makes your story bigger instead of smaller. Most horror movies turn out to be so puny -- it usually turns out that the killer was abused as a child, or is taking revenge against bullies, or is just evil, with no motivation at all. What a joy to see one that opens up to reveal something larger, something scarier. (I understand we have Clive Barker to thank for this.) And I loved how you let apparent incongruencies linger uncomfortably, risking our thinking you stupid, before explaining them in the final minutes.
I love that you have a moral dimension. What is the artist's role in depicting the awful, horrible things in the world? How far can he go to seek them out? At what point does he become complicit in them? These are questions you actually take seriously. Layers! In a gory horror flick! Remarkable.
We have to be apart until Lionsgate finally decides to put you on DVD (although Comcast customers who feel like watching you on TV can do so). In the meantime, though, I plan to rave about you to anyone who'll listen. I'm tolerant of the Sawfranchise, but Saw V's 3,000 screen release this weekend is kind of pissing me off now.
Oh, I forgot one thing: I've been calling you Midnight Meat Train for short, but I love how your title is actually The Midnight Meat Train. Old-fashioned, but so appropriate.
Until next time,Eugene