Great film. After my daughter finished reading this, we watched the film again (my 2nd time, her 3rd) and she pointed out all the differences. Not -alGreat film. After my daughter finished reading this, we watched the film again (my 2nd time, her 3rd) and she pointed out all the differences. Not -all- of them, from what I understand. But anyway she really likes both, and thinks the book is better but the changes made for the film were reasonable given how different films are from books, etc.. So now I get to, so we can continue our conversations about it all. I feel like the values inherent in it - on drinking; lgbt aware/friendly; and very human as far as sex - are great. And besides that the film is a lot of fun visually, as they bounce around Manhattan in these beat-up motoring items and bop around in bars and have emotional DRAMA etc.. there's humor, lots of music-love, people being actual selves, and a love story. Very fun, and to enjoy this with my teenage daughter and share the experience with her is good.
After: I really liked it. Can't imagine having experiences like that when I was a teenager, my life was so different. And hopefully my daughter won't have very many nights exactly like that during these next two years either, but I'm just happy to read about relationships being like that and guys being like Nick and all. Gives me optimism for the future. ...more
Did anyone else catch a faint echo of Shakespeare's St. Crispen's Day speech in the closing of President Obama's speech last night?
This day is call'd the feast of Crispian. He that outlives this day, and comes safe home, Will stand a tip-toe when this day is nam'd, And rouse him at the name of Crispian. He that shall live this day, and see old age, Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours, And say 'To-morrow is Saint Crispian.' Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars, And say 'These wounds I had on Crispian's day.' Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot, But he'll remember, with advantages, What feats he did that day. Then shall our names, Familiar in his mouth as household words- Harry the King, Bedford and Exeter, Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester- Be in their flowing cups freshly rememb'red. This story shall the good man teach his son; And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by, From this day to the ending of the world, But we in it shall be remembered- We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
And if we do - if we come together and lift this nation from the depths of this crisis; if we put our people back to work and restart the engine of our prosperity; if we confront without fear the challenges of our time and summon that enduring spirit of an America that does not quit, then someday years from now our children can tell their children that this was the time when we performed, in the words that are carved into this very chamber, "something worthy to be remembered."
It's just a slight echo, but it made me enjoy the speech even more -- a third smile, following one at Obama's greeting to the First Lady, and another at Biden's big grin at the "No one messes with Joe" line.
Ok, I'm a fan!
And actually, I vaguely would like to try and say that I was --slightly-- aware of that as well. I've seen that speech in 'Renaissance Man' (ok, hokey movie, sure, but still kinda great) and I was listening and synapsis were clicking on some level. I'm grateful to him for making the connection distinctly....more
How did I never run into Joyce at any level in approximately 24 years of some-kind-of-schooling going on? I mean, I heard of him, but not through schoHow did I never run into Joyce at any level in approximately 24 years of some-kind-of-schooling going on? I mean, I heard of him, but not through school at all I don't think. So wrong. So so so wrong. I believe he's only within my radar now due to Goodreads! Thank goodness for all of you. So, finally, I'm preparing to make a start at beginning. And after some moments at M&Q, it appears that this makes a good precursor to Ulysses, as this character (somewhat autobiographical, apparently) also is there, at the beginning atleast. And will be an intro to his zany, richly-laden style and all. I'd still also like to read my daughter's English books this year (or future eons, more realistically, but what the heck. No harm wanting) - Dante, Heart of Darkness, Lysistrata, Zorba the Greek; but am thinking to have Joyce on as my backdrop through all of that. To venture out from and return to. We'll see..
A snippet that fascinates me: (no quotation marks, since Joyce hated those) --Nothing stirred within his soul but a cold and cruel and loveless lust. His childhood was dead or lost and with it his soul capable of simple joys, and he was drifting amid life like the barren shell of the moon.
Art thou pale for weariness Of climbing heaven and gazing on the earth, Wandering companionless... ?
He repeated to himself the lines of Shelley's fragment. It's alternation of sad human ineffectualness with vast inhuman cycles of activity chilled him, an dhe forgot his won human and ineffectual grieving. --
To affect himself internally through literature like that, wow. I've always felt that intense readers make the best writers.. ...more
I'd never heard of that term 'roman a clef' until a Goodreads review I just came across: it means (in case anyone else doesn't know) 'a novel in whichI'd never heard of that term 'roman a clef' until a Goodreads review I just came across: it means (in case anyone else doesn't know) 'a novel in which actual persons, places, or events are depicted in fictional guise.' (Answers.com)
That sort of thing has always confused me no end, so I've taken to just avoiding it mostly.
This book looks very interesting and like a potential pathway towards freedom and comfort regarding this completely acceptable and good literary device....more
I feel like this is a book which, to read it, I would need to be much more prepared than I currently am: more knowledgeable about India and her historI feel like this is a book which, to read it, I would need to be much more prepared than I currently am: more knowledgeable about India and her history, more able to track complex plots, more joyful about magical-type writing styles, and more anchored enough to be able to withstand the immense tugs of such wildness and chaos.
And/or, a few strong, proud volunteers who commit themselves to answering all my questions about it as I read: knowing full well there could be zillions and zillions. Cause sometimes I can just skip over things that confuse me, but that doesn't feel like a workable strategy with this.
Until then, I just need to wait patiently and collect resources and become my best self.....more