June 17th, 2004

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De-Lovely

I survived the kids' first full day of schoollessness by taking them to the mall to meet my mother for lunch, then turning them over to her entirely so that I could go to the movies with apaulled in the evening. The mall was very crowded -- I got the impression that a lot of other parents and babysitters with kids only recently freed from school were there killing time. I bought the kids the novelization of Shrek 2 and myself Harry Potter et le Prisonnier d'Azkaban, which Borders happened to have; I had read Harry Potter a l'Ecole des Sorciers a couple of summers ago and it is almost exactly at my French reading level, and I would rather not forget what French I know, so it's perfect.

Then we went to De-Lovely, meeting up with vertigo66 and her husband, though we didn't exactly get to have dinner with them -- scarfed food in lobby and theater -- as we had to get there very early to make sure we could get decent seats at the free screening which was packed in the art house cinema. Collapse )

That Mary Sue meme: Use fanfiction.net's Search Story By Summary and look up your name in either Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings. If there are any Mary Sues that share your name, pick the worst-sounding one and post the summary. In both these fandoms I'm afraid to say that there are just too many Mary Sues with my name to skim them all! Most of them sound like Collapse )

A couple of points of amusement: ios_pillow_book decided to celebrate "Bloom's Day" somewhat differently, and I was quite amused. And from The Onion: "J.K. Rowling Ends Harry Potter Series After Discovering Boys"!
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Poem for Thursday

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People were complaining in various places yesterday about the impenetrability or general unprettiness of Joyce, so here is a bit of Chamber Music which is all quite lovely and lyrical. The full cycle is here but be warned, I may use another segment of it as the poème du jour in the future.

We missed it because we were at the movies, but my son's little league team won last night and is now the division champion! I don't think he particularly cares; he is quite noncompetitive as an athlete, whereas he wants to be Sonic champion of the GameCube world. Sigh.

Was thinking about why De-Lovely did not blow me away despite all the things I liked about it, and I don't know why it took this long for it to hit me, but it comes down to the same problem I have with innumerable biopics about famous men, Collapse )

ETA: Hey, vertigo66, here are all the lyrics including the smutty verse Porter never intended for public performance: Collapse )

Today I have promised to take my children to see Garfield. I don't suppose I can bring a book light and read O'Brian during the movie. Maybe I can bring my Palm and attempt to write fic or something...