By its right name.

20 01 2009

You know, today was an okay day.  It was a lazy day as someone put it.  I never got out of my pajamas.  I never took my hair out of a ponytail.  I finished Into the Wild early this morning.  Yes, Sanne, I think you should read it.  The book is really well written.  Unfortunately, and I’m really just not sure why, I was very impatient while reading.  But I’ve found that I’m just more impatient lately.  I think if maybe I had tackled this when my transcendentalist kick was still fresh I’d be raving stark mad over this book.  But now all I can say is it was good, and I’m glad I can say I’ve read it.

Dad went into work late so he could watch the inauguration.  I wonder how many blogs have been written about it today?  It’s weird, kinda witnessing history and all.  I’m happy.  Obama truly does fill me with hope, and I genuinely felt patriotic watching the ceremony and all those people coming together.  It’s nice feeling okay about your own country.  To kind of think, wow, I’m really lucky.

On a lighter note, pretty much the entire time my dad and I ad-libbed what we thought the former presidents, vps, first ladies, and other various attendees were thinking or could be saying.  It’s kinda sad how little I know about some of them.  Some names I didn’t even recognize, while Dad’s preaching that Roberts is “right wing kook.”  I mean, I don’t even know why people hate Cheney so much.  I just know he’s a “dirty trickster.”  Anyway, it was still fun putting silly words in people’s mouths and especially getting my dad to laugh.

Also, I don’t know if this bothered anyone else, but the faltering dialogue when Obama was sworn in?  I would have been mortified.  I guess that’s why I can never be a politician.  Those things just can’t bother you.  You have to move on.

After that I started on A Great and Terrible Beauty, a book given to me by a friend for Christmas.  At the beginning, I was really unimpressed with the writing.  It’s just flat and predictable.  Like me?  Oh self deprecation, will I ever escape you?  Anyway, it got a little more interesting, but the quality to me at least is still meh.  I hate being a harsh critic.  Maybe it’s just because I’ve just come off reading something so heavy and deep as McCandless.

I called Mom and asked her if she would rent Into the Wild and bring it home.  Apparently our signals got mixed up because she brought home a purchased one!  Which is nice, but gosh, it’s a tough movie.  It’s hard for me to imagine watching it more than once.  I started the moment she brought it home with my take out Indian food on my lap.  I must say I really enjoyed it.  Typical closet Twilighter me was stoked to see Kristen, but I wasn’t ready for the movie to be over when her part passed.  I really enjoyed Emile Hirsch.  God, he’s beautiful.  I only doubted him in the old man scene.  Otherwise, the shots were gorgeous.  It’s fun being a YouTuber sometimes because you watch movies differently.  At least I do now.




2 responses

24 01 2009
Tina Casagrand

I found my way here through the “Into the Wild” tag and thought I’d drop a line. I’m glad you liked the book. Who knows, things might spiral back around and you’ll “go mad over it.” Cheers–TC

25 01 2009

Cheney, among other things, seized power as the “president of the senate” (which really is supposed to mean nothing more than a tie-breaking vote) and changed unwritten senate law to prohibit the filibustering of appointees to courts, essentially making every judge in the country a right-wing ideologue (since those tended to be the appointees of the Bush administration).

As for Into the Wild, Hirsch’s performance did so much more for the character of Christopher McCandless than the book did (which is to say that there’s quite a bit of artistic license). The solitude of the McCandless is enhanced by faces that don’t seem appropriate all the time (mental illness seemed blatantly obvious in Hirsch’s portrayal) and really sudden fast movements, also when not appropriate to do so.

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