Needs more giant babies

Elements of Moon I had already seen/read/encountered: Solaris (the book; haven’t seen either movie version yet) 2001: A Space Odyssey (I’ll admit it: I’ve never seen the whole thing) Never Let Me Go ETA: and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?/Blade Runner, of course. Non-spoilery things about Moon I actually liked: The silly “turning on…

Yowch.

It’s just turned from Christmas Eve eve to actual Christmas Eve, and I’m still up, having just rewatched Casino Royale for no very good reason that I can determine. (Well, okay, Eva Green.) I remembered it as being much more charming than it was. So, for a palate cleanser, some links to books by and…

On little gestures

Repetitive things usually annoy me: repetitive motions like finger-tapping, repetitive sounds, even spoken choruses in songs when the rhythm of speech fights the beat. (That’s not repetitive, exactly, I guess, but it bothers me in the same way.) One of the things I thought was most charming about WALL-E, though, was the way the animators…

Noteworthy things I saw at work this week

This will probably be a recurring feature, because… yes. The scuzzy salmon-pink Chucks Robert De Niro wore in Great Expectations. Knopf rejection sheets for works by Joyce Carol Oates, V.S. Naipaul, Italo Calvino, Salman Rushdie. David Mamet’s (extremely detailed) baby book, complete with report cards from pre-school–apparently he handled scissors very safely. Houdini’s collection of…

Things I quite like

A brief list. The CHOP chemo regimen, which has put my father’s cancer in remission, at least temporarily. Paprika — T. and I saw it twice when we were in Portland. Strawberry freezer jam with chevre on a toasted English muffin. GoodReads: still addictive. Pigma Micron pens by Sakura, to which T. introduced me last…

A few links

For those of you who don’t visit my del.icio.us page: The origin of the Etruscan people discovered (in the Guardian) A weird, interesting little sf music video done by Hayao Miyazaki A used bookstore that’s also a nonprofit devoted to improving literacy What would likely happen to the earth if people vanished A road map…

Fantasy and violence in film

There’s a particular pleasure in reading an articulately written and deeply negative review of something you also despise. For example, Momus reviews Pan’s Labyrinth: I thought it was a terrible film, deeply impoverished both in imagination and in its moral vision, stale to the core, and brutal to boot. It actually saddens and infuriates me…

Are you watching closely?

I ended up seeing The Prestige last weekend and thoroughly enjoyed it. (No spoilers here, just general comments.) It’s a big movie in some ways, grandiose, and still not quite as good as Memento — it’s not as sharp or strange or haunting, less disturbingly possible — but mean, tight, and clever. It mostly made…

Friday slowdown

I’m writing this post from the courtyard in between the HRC and the English buildings, via the HRC’s wireless connection. Oddly enough, there’s no reliable wireless in the English building. This courtyard is one of my favorite places to sit on campus, though, so I don’t mind. It’s been a crazy week. I had a…