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From some year-old notes I wrote re: Moonrise Kingdom: That dollhouse aesthetic, with the typical Act II rupture: in this case, when we finally hear the kids speak. The girl with her misaligned eyes and blue eyeshadow, glaring fiercely into the camera. The boy, charmingly prepubescent. But mainly the rupture created by those kids, forever disrupting their arid dollhouse world.

Emilie and the Hollow World, Emilie and the Sky World, Beautiful Ruins, and The Almost Truth )
proustbot: (But it was she and not the sea we heard)
I spent the day Pomodoro-ing; my sense of accomplishment is entirely disproportionate to my actual accomplishments.

The Siren Depths, A Memory of Light, The Death of the Necromancer, and Night Calls )
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I am casually watching the first season of the 1920s Australian detective show Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, and I was struck by one moment of subtle narrative economy. In the second episode, Phryne Fisher engages a butler for her new household without meeting him; two of her colleagues (a pair of socialist cab-drivers) encounter him before Phryne does and gleefully elbow each other about the shock that he will experience when he finally meets the unconventional Phryne. Instead, the butler competently handles Phryne's affairs without comment and, at the end of the episode, helps defend Phryne from an attacker.

He is not a big part of the episode, but I am struck by the necessity of that early elbowing scene from the cab-drivers. If the butler just accepted Phyrnne's "eccentricities" without comment, it would read as implausible and anachronistic; if he objected, he would join the boring, disapproving background chorus of Society At Large within the series. But by having other characters expect repugnance from him -- and by having him upend those expectations -- he embodies a subtle, satisfying dramatic irony while also helping stabilize the viewer's suspension of disbelief in reconciling the old-fashioned setting with the modern-day practices of the protagonist. It's merely a quick flourish within the episode as a whole, but it demonstrates an attention to detail that does not always appear in television serials.

The Cloud Roads; Good Night, Mr. Holmes; The Serpent Sea; and The Blade Itself )
proustbot: (Butterfly)
Books: Little Women, Razor's Edge: Star Wars, and Winter's Tale )

HIMYM S4, 4x20-24: The Mosbius Designs, The Three Days Rule, Right Place Right Time, As Fast As She Can, and The Leap )

General Thoughts About Season Four: In the season finale, Ted considers the past: "That was the year I was left at the altar, it was the year I got knocked out by a crazy bartender, the year I got fired, the year I got beat up by a goat, a girl goat at that, and damn it if it wasn't one of the best years of my life." So too with this season, which I remembered as the glorious zenith of the series -- a memory which this rewatch bears out. (But now begins the descent.)

Top Four Episodes of Season Four
3. 4x04 "Intervention"
2. 4x12 "Benefits"
1. 4x10 "The Fight"
proustbot: (clint eastwood)
Exciting recent adventures: our supreme masters summoned us all to Valencia, where we discussed our "work" (boring) and consumed enormous amounts of free wine and paella (awesome). Also, Valencia is super pretty, and I decided that I didn't hate all my colleagues! (Only some of them.)

Books: Dragon Age: The Calling, Wheel of the Infinite, and Three Men in a Boat )

TV: HIMYM S2, 2x14-17: Monday Night Football, Lucky Penny, Stuff, and Arreviderci, Fiero )
proustbot: (clint eastwood)
Watched Star Trek Into Darkness two weeks ago. Did not hate it! (Although am sympathetic to everyone who did -- I have no particular affection for earlier iterations of the franchise, but I can see why that film might not tickle the fancy of an actual Trekkie. Me, I'm just in it for the families of choice/workplace relationships/super-sentai team, and on that level, yesssssss.)

The Ships of Air, A Crown of Swords, and Arabella )
proustbot: (Mendou Shutaro)
In preparation for tomorrow's hurricane, my roommates and I have stocked up on the essentials: cookies and vodka.

(I've been through a lot of hurricanes in Florida. I find that I have a difficult time partaking in the hysteria that attends hurricanes in this frozen North.)

Clouds of Witness, Mystic and Rider, Epic, and The Wizard Hunters )
proustbot: (et je veux ta revanche)
VICTORIA: "I mean, isn't that the reason anyone learns a language? To flirt with people in other countries, right? I mean, that's totally the reason I learned Spanish."

THORNTON: [who is Irish] "Yeah, that is certainly why I learned American."

ME: "Yeah, that's pretty much the reason I learned...Latin..."

VICTORIA & THORNTON: [derisive giggles]

The Death of the Necromancer, Castle Waiting Volume II, Mockingjay, and Memoirs of an Infantry Officer )
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Tithe, The Twinkie Squad, Wheel of the Infinite, and Zelda )

This semester, I read a grand total of 50 books. (How did I manage to graduate?)

The Fifty in Question )

And of that list, my Favorite Five Books were:

Patricia A. McKillip, In the Forests of Serre
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Crack-Up
Alejo Carpentier, Explosion in a Cathedral
Diana Wynne Jones, Fire and Hemlock
Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene

I started keeping an obsessive book log in May 2004; according to this journal, in the past three years, I've read 346 new books (not including some of my course materials and all the books I re-read). I suspect my post-baccalaureate life is going to have much less space for leisure reading (and given the amount of trash I've consumed, that's not an entirely bad thing). These days, I'm reading a lot of elementary Spanish textbooks (and whimpering to myself).

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