January 27th, 2008

little review

Poem for Sunday

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A low-key Saturday in which I folded laundry while watching A Knight's Tale, spent an hour reading a book about castle evolution in Wales and fixed some code on my web page that used to work fine but apparently something in the CSS disagreed with something on the server. Daniel had robotics and Adam volunteered at Hebrew school with my mother, so after we picked them up, we stopped at Target and Giant for necessities and I was delighted to find unshelled pistachios back in stock after several months of breaking nails on the kind with shells. We also went to Borders to get the second and third E.E. Knight dragon books -- dementordelta gave Adam the first and he loves it -- and we found Jon Stewart's America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction on the bargain table, where anyone who has never seen it before should go check it out. We bought it for older son, who has spent half the night reading it aloud to us.

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After dinner we watched The Fountain, which is one of the most haunting films I have ever seen. I don't even know what to compare it to -- in some ways it reminds me of Pan's Labyrinth in that you're not quite sure whether what seem to be fantasy sequences are supposed to be real or figments of the characters' imaginations, but it's much more subtle and really breathtakingly sad -- Collapse ) This may be the most romantic movie of the past twenty years.

And on a related note, I must give a big happy sigh to Baldwin and Inoue, who may have lost the gold but I'd rather go see them skate anyway. The Guardian's longtime skating critic, Sandra Stevenson, admitted when Torvill and Dean launched their first multimillion-pound world tour that she thought the story should have ended with a quiet wedding in Nottingham, and even though I know how outrageously unfair it is to expect art to imitate life, I felt exactly the same way. Hey, I was only 18 at the time. I am very grateful to Baldwin for deciding to give us a public engagement!