Friday, November 16, 2012
In between all the noise and dust, I have rented a couple of good movies and read a few good books.
Moonrise Kingdom with Bruce Willis and Ed Norton. Very quirky and darkly sweet movie with an eclectic cast about two precocious pre-teens in the 1960's who make a pact to run away together in New England. The kind of movie you will either love or hate. Me = Love. My husband, not so much.
Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr. A teenage girl makes some bad choices and then has to cope with them while also trying to survive her dysfunctional family. I love the simplicity of Zarr's writing. It packs such punch. She deals with edgy issues without being preachy.
The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie. A collection of dark short stories, all depicting the Native American experience. This book was also the basis for the movie Smoke Signals, which I loved. The kind of book I could read more than once. The writing is very raw and real. Alexie's writing to me is like walking through a burned out forest: everything is so stark and stripped down to the bare essentials and there's such beauty and honesty in that.
I know it's NaNoWriMo month for many people and not sure why but November is usually the month I get the least amount of writing work done. I think those huge word counts everybody reports each day on Twitter and Facebook kind of psyches me out.
Fun plans this weekend? Hope you have a good one.