Sunday, July 6, 2014
Episode 23 - Hello, Sailor!
It's an attempt to stay positive as we discuss contrariness in trying to review and talk about things (especially on the Internet) and in that context we went back to things that we have disliked or found generally terrible in attempts to find something good to say about them. Amy had the book and chose Edith Wharton's 1911 novel Ethan Frome and I chose the 1999 movie The Boondock Saints. We talk snow imagery, horrid amounts of Willem Dafoe scenery chewing and why Ethan Frome in general is not the best choice to assign to high school students.
Also discussed: Only Lovers Left Alive, So You Think You Can Dance, The Witches of East End and Under The Skin.
Next episode, we talk libraries and librarians! We'll be watching Party Girl and reading Alberto Manguel's The Library At Night.
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The documentary about The Boondock Saints that I mention is Overnight and is really, really recommended.
We mention Lovecraft in comparison to Wharton at one point and Amy mentions a mash-up of them; I don't think that exisst, so here's Neil Gaiman's mash-up of Lovecraft and Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Emerald. (PDF)
Opening Music: "Mi Chiamano Mimi" from Puccini's "La Boheme," sung by Maria Callas
Closing Music: "James Connolly," Black 47