May 2006


While Susan is away I refuse to feed the cats or change my shirt, but I will keep up with the movie reviews:

The New World (2005) tells the story of Pocahontas and John Smith (a romance made famous by the Peggy Lee tune “Fever”) and the birth of Virginia. Colin Farrell plays Captain John Smith and is apparently only three years older than I am. Q’Orianka Kilcher is Pocahontas/Rebecca. Director Terrence Malick’s telling of this tale is told richly and thusly . . . oh, who am I fooling: CHRISTIAN BALE ALERT!!!!

Farrell’s tribal tattoos make less sense while being held captive by an actual tribe, but kudos to Malick for keeping it real. It’s jarring to watch a period piece that doesn’t feature Colin Firth or D.J. Dench. I also kept expecting John Smith to hurry in before the wedding. History means nothing to me.

After hearing Dan Brown’s “Moment in Time” version of the love story last week I had a hard time trusting the accuracy of the film. I liked The New World. It wasn’t what I expected it to be, and I thought it was filmed beautifully. The ending was very arty/parody of an art film and that was annoying. It’s hard to discuss movies, but all my people know what “four stars” means.

This morning I killed a baby camel cricket with my index finger. I don’t give a shit anymore.

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From a sheet of notes found while unpacking:

274.

– she introduces me as “the best friend”

– I was telling her

– best I can explain this

– I won’t be scared to death

– law that requires two people

– she grabs the phone

– End o’ the line

– I knew I was going to die

– broke the news in the solarium

275.

– resurrection

– we could have cried then

– Tell me . . . about that chimp, talking hands

– not wanting to go back to the zoo

276

– What danger is often not, beach is, things that just lie there

– earthquake, earthquake, earthquake

– say next, if, and when

– couldn’t be afraid together

277

– I see fear in her now and am not going to talk her out of it

– sand sharks keep cruising bodies alive

what’s the effect?

I’m going to guess these are notes based on a Norton Anthology text read in college, or track listings from the last two Belle & Sebastian albums.