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Ingrid K’s last login was Saturday, January 31, 2009.
Have you read Wally Lamb? This much I know is true was a profound experience for me (such a generic statement, I know). I can't wait to pick up the new one...haven't been on this thing for a while, time to start browsing...maybe I can find a book or two to pick up at the sale barnes and nobles is having....just won't let pritesh know...muah ha ha.
I'm very happy to see that you plan on giving Atonement a go. I know you weren't very fond of the movie, but I think the book is quite a masterpiece. I think the plot is fascinating, the language beautiful, and the construction of the novel is quite unique (at least to my not so well-read mind). Also, I like this whole shelfari wishlist thing because now I have a lot of ideas of what to get you for your birthday!!
Yes, Burroughs does not let the light shine nicely on himself just because he is the narrator/protagonist. My friend, Kim, said the exact same thing about Pighead. My memory is terrible, but I did recall feeling sorry for Pighead.
Lost Highway was definitely all about the trip for me when I was a teenager. I haven't looked it up for an analysis, but I do remember discussing it with my brother then. Lynch does tend to change perception of the normalcy of life.
I had such a nice time with you on Friday! I feel like I may have been a bit overwhelming, but I promise that's not all there is to me =)
Pritesh and I saw Elegy, and like all movies with someone who unfairly gets the beautiful girl he didn't like it as much as I did. The music in the movie was beautifully haunting, piano of course. It's not my favorite but it was portrayed very well by Ben Kingsley and Penelope Cruz. The aesthetics roped me in: the academia surroundings, the nicely modern, but cultured apartment/decor, the walk along the tumultuous ocean. I am a sucker for these things. It sparked a long walk and conversation between us about ourselves and our relationship and how we differently perceived the characters. Pritesh is all about consequences and it wasn't enough to satisfy him that Kingsley's character only suffered a broken heart and the loss of his best friend (sorry, that's kind of a spoiler!)
I still want to see Vicky Cristina Barcelona, would you recommend it?
Hope you had a nice weekend! Yes, we definitely have to get together soon.
Where do I begin?
I'll start with Lynch...I feel that most of his movies leave me with some exclamation of confusion. I think that's what I like about him. That he exposes humans in grotesque and dark ways and then leaves you off at the end of it like a child being dropped off at some unknown place, unsure of how to assess what's been seen. My first, and therefore favorite, viewing of Lynch was Lost Highway. It etched itself in my mind, along with Reservoir Dogs (my parents left my brother and I alone for one night during my junior year of High School) and led me toward the demented path of movies I enjoy to this day. The dissonant sax playing always jars me.
On a side note, if Geoff and his father ever get that fishcam working, I definitely want to watch.
Yes, cliched scenes and themes are really difficult for me to sit through. I have very little patience for the obvious and will walk away from movies/shows I have been previously committed to watching. Pritesh and I were watching an episode of Dexter that he had already seen last night and I felt the obvious coming up at the beginning of the epsiode (a love triangle or something) and asked him to just give me cliff notes of it so we could move on.
Oh, Twin Peaks is so packed with great characters and nuances that you find yourself more interested in exploring them/it than figuring out who killed Laura, but that's fun as well. I never have gotten around to watching the movie or the second season, which I hear was extremely disappointing since Lynch was not very invovled in it. The first season is worth the trip though.
I have heard so much about Battlestar Gallactica. I am somewhat interested in it. Mad Men is definitely a series I am going to watch, once the Dexter thrill is gone (or in the interim of Season 2 and Season 3).
About Dune: I think that since easily accessed mass media was spawned we have been more aware of world relations and I think that ours with the Arabic countries has always been a weak one, with oil as the basis. Israel formed an independent country in 1948, and it seems that it would heighten our awareness of Islamic terms and events in that region. These words sound strong and carry weight in their use, maybe he felt it was the best way to convey the sense of urgency in his novel.
Oh, I have a new appreciation for Geoff...I didn't know it was possible to make a Tivo?!
I also have no idea what Brideshead revisited is. You mentioned it's a mini-series...is it worth getting into. That last TV series I watched before Dexter was Twin Peaks...fascinating...I never quite get over the anomoly that is David Lynch.
I don't feel as though you have the same issue orating your thoughts, but you do write well!
Yeah, if he's not watching TV, Pritesh is learning loads of things from the internet. He is handy, though, and I definitely appreciate that quality in him.
Dune...what a novel. I love when authors can make-up a completely believable world in their mind, ripe with words and phrases that make so much sense once they are understood.
So, I feel that while the Fremen are malleable, that there are things Paul can sense and see, especially while on the spice that make me wonder if that was what was intended for him to see by breeding his mom and Duke Leto or if it was an unknown side effect that he is experiencing. I'm not sure yet how much was intended by the Bene Gesserit (sp?) and how much is in Paul's hands. I do think he is trying to prevent the jihad (such a weird thing to bring muslim words into a novel, but intended to make the impact they did...?) and save people from killing in his name...I wonder if this has deeper implications and if it was a remark on a certain religion, if not several?
In any case, I am almost done with Dune and was wondering if I should read the next book in this series...what do you think?
Speaking of snobbish critics, I am so easily persuaded by the movie critics of Entertainment Weekly, that I almost saw Elegy yesterday, and then, like a child with ADHD, I quickly ran out of patience for the hour long wait until the movie's start. I left and went to It's a Grind to read more of Dune.
It's a shame we didn't have a shorter distance between us, but I have to confess I feel much more comfortable writing out my thoughts than speaking. I always feel like I make this impression on people that I've just met that I am a ditz seeking higher company. Sometimes I feel a slight pity for George Bush (slight emphasized) when he slips up while speaking, as I feel I have the same issues. But he really doesn't know what he means to say half the time, and is just mispronouncing words written on the pages in front of him, whereas in my case I feel let down by how slowly my mouth processes the words my brain is spewing.
In any case, it's always nice to find someone who shares your interests! I feel so isolated in So Cal sometimes, and since Pritesh doesn't read, it's hard to find someone who I can discuss my thoughts with about books and to help me process what I've read. In this case I agree with you on the awesomeness factor of our personalities meeting :)
Yes, after browsing for an hour, I was disappointed in my what seemed like my available options and stumbled upon Dune, which I then remembered came highly recommended by you. Haven't put it down, and they are now on Arrakis and Paul is fulfilling the seeded prophecy. How well he fits a fabricated philosophy is surprising, how easily read the Fremen must have been. I haven't looked up so many words or phrases in an appendix since Lord of the Rings. Dune is quite the intricate system.
I see you are hoping to read Running with Scissors...my first Agustin Burroughs book, but not my favorite. I actually put that book down when I reached a specific 'event' in it and couldn't pick it back up until after I made myself get over it. My favorite is Dry. I have it and when you want it, I can always send/give it to you to read.
I'm excited to hear those pieces from you. I always feel like I need guidance when trekking through the wealth of classical music that exists. I listened to a station based on Wagner the other day on Pandora while at work, and I couldn't believe the imagery conjured by my mind from the pace, timing and intonations of the some of the music. Kept having to bring myself back to my paperwork and reality.
Little Children was a movie I saw by myself and it was so beautiful, disturbing, tragic and heart-breaking that I ended up wandering into a late-night bookstore in Pasadena just to exist and chew through the movie alone. I love movies that push you to the edge of yourself and open up boundaries that you had never known existed in yourself.
I read David Sedaris, but prior to reading "Dress you Family..." I also read the critics ravings on the opening pages and now I can't reconcile why I don't find David Sedaris particularly funny. The only part that made me laugh out loud was his chapter titled "Six to Eight black Men" about Christmas in the Netherlands. I laughed out loud and then made Pritesh suffer by reading the entire chapter aloud to him (this is a habit I cannot break and some mornings I read him entire articles from the LA Times, as if it can only be appreciated from my lips).
I am going to wallow in self-pity today while Pritesh golfs and attends a wedding, leaving me alone. But really, I'll enjoy the time to myself because, armed with a Border's coupon, I will get a new book today and spend too much time in a coffee shop while almost finishing the book.
I haven't decided on what yet...I like to browse and let the book capture me. Which is how, surprisingly, I have found many of my favorite books.
I can't even imagine my talk about rockfish inspiring you to actually bring it up to someone else =) I am glad you guys found them interesting. I think it's a cruel tendency of the sport to "upgrade" these fish by throwing back the small undesirables (you can only have 10 total Rockfish) and watching them float in a trail forged by the currents.
I hope you are enjoying your Holiday weekend, with the exception of your dealings with the evil of Audi Mission Viejo.
Wow, you are an amazing wealth of knowledge.
I agree with the selfish part of you to put aside personal aspects/eccentricities of the creator(s) of great works and to appreciate them as a stand-alone work of art. Otherwise, politics would get in the way of loads of artwork and music and the world would be a boring, bleak mound of only fake smiles, pop music and landscape art, not that I necessarily hate the latter two, just all in good balance.
I love when orchestras work well together and the music all flows as one, but violin and piano can sweep me off my feet. There is something haunting in the often lonely humming of a solo violin. And piano, I don't know how an instrument created by humans can sound so perfect. I feel that in guitar and drums you can directly feel the humanity creating the music, but in violins and pianos there is a sense of the ethereal and being taken to a realm outside oneself. Maybe I am the only one who feels this way...
As for movies: I have not had the pleasure of seeing many of the movies you had listed. If I had to list my "top 10" they would probably be, off the top of my head and in no particular order:
Lost in Translation
The Fountain (tears streamed through the entire film...how lonely and overwhemingly filled with love this movie was)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Batman Begins (I do not like big blockbusters, but I did appreciate the darkness that pervaded throughout the film)
No Country for Old Men
A History of Violence
The Royal Tenenbaums
Also: the machinist and memento are honorable mentions...
I think I tend to enjoy emotional train wrecks of films and I definitely am captured by aesthetics, hence lost in translation and a major desire to visit Japan.
Pritesh rented and watched There Will Be Blood. I know Johnny Greenwood's score is amazing and that movie is worth my time, but I can't quite watch it yet. Maybe one day...
always data to be edited so I will listen to the suggested programs today, and I think I will start with the one on music.
So I just finished listening to the article on The Ring.
First, it jogged my memory of why this sounded familiar. Being that I am totally unitiated to the world of classical music and opera, I took a class at CSUF on music and the fundamentals. I now remember being tested on Wagner and leitmotifs (sp?) specifically in that class.
I liked that something shifted in Wagner's universe to veer his almost utopic play to a distopic mess that ends with the message that the gods are nothing. I would like to find out what that something was, maybe the anti-semitic fell in love with a Jew or something...who knows.
So upon hearing all of the cultish rantings about Wagner, I am now very interested in this storyline and watching this opera, but only in Seattle, where the water goddesses, mermaids (???) flip at great heights cirque d'soleil style :P
Now about Welle's broadcast, no I think there are too many skeptics in our day, although maybe it could happen in a less developed country, where there may not be a multitude of mediums in which to get your news. I don't know, though, because people tend to join mass paranoia when it comes rushing around, instead of thinking things through clearly. So maybe, in the present, there is a slight chance that this could happen in a first world country.
I am taking your recommendations to heart. I am waiting for the next book to capture me and demand that I read it through in one sitting.
So...do you like movies? Because, let me tell you, I am uber picky, but when one captures me I am devoted for life...would love to see what you are interested in.
Just finished listening to both pieces read by David Sedaris.
I definitely enjoyed his piece on his experience as a store elf at Christmas, as I worked at Party City during Halloween (if you have to ask, don't, all feelings about this can directly taken from the bitterness and hatred David felt about his experience and funneled to my own).
The piece on his sister and her parrot were much more endearing to me. I actually laughed out loud listening to this being read.
I think I enjoy his reading aloud more than reading his writing on my own. He punctuates and emphasizes so beautifully, as he does own the words being said aloud. I could imitate this when I read, but people would probably think I'm crazy, as it would have to be done out loud, of course.
I heard Orson Welles broadcast when I took an analytical writing course at Fullerton JC from a teacher straight from his Master's at some small Liberal Arts school in OC. He had us analyze many pop culture and mass media happenings during the course, which I loved, but mostly because we got to watch movies like Fargo, and it made getting up early for a Saturday class (on top of a full class schedule at CSUF) worth it.
Thanks for the recommendations. I think I will try and listen to The Ring now...
Yeah, I haven't quite had the chance to pick up Atlas Shrugged, I kind of got the same impression from others who had read it that it was definitely a more aggressive vision/novel of her philosophy.
Good thing I have my earphones, guess I'll be hearing some David Sedaris in the near future. Maybe Pritesh will stop making fun of me for listening to Bollywood songs on YouTube.
Oh, and of course I listen to This American Life. Even Ari's nasal, youthful narrative couldn't stop me =)
Well, where do I start...I think separating paragraphs will do...
The Historian can at times feel like a dense read in the beginning as it starts to shift, as I think I recall correctly, between the past and present. But, it's well worth it, as I loved her narrative style and the melding of fact and fiction, as well as, of course, the storyline.
I think the Fountainhead opened up an appreciation of architecture in me, and I felt that it was a good means for her philosphical perspective. I loved Howard Rourke, though, if only because I feel that so many times people are burned by societal tendencies and whimsies and one so rarely survives being turned on by those with power, unless you have no need for appreciation by others and can stand by the true satisfaction that you have completed what you envisioned originally with no alterations by outside influences.
Maybe I need to hear David Sedaris speak. I read Me Talk Pretty One Day and it didn't quite capture me. I think Agusten Burroughs has a sadistic, dry and witty humor that he almost always uses to describe himself or a situation he has gotten himself into. I also love the way he describes 'characters' in his life, how he finds these hilarious facets of others and at their expense expounds on this perception of them.