At the Sundance Film Festival, a New Power Broker Is BornMy immediate reaction: "But those films were crap." Okay, i haven't actually seen the latter, but i've read enough about it to be able to bitch quite well. And anyone who wants can chime in with why they loved Napoleon Dynamite. (Oh, and the cow scene? I am so my father's daughter.)
By RANDY KENNEDY
John Sloss, an aggressive dealmaker for films such as "Napoleon Dynamite" and "Super Size Me," has singlehandedly turned the festival into an even more competitive marketplace.
At dinner tonight, we were talking about studying things for the rest of our lives, and i said basically i wanna read stories for the rest of my life. Emma said i could be a book reviewer. Almost immediately thereafter, either she or Liz pointed out that actually that would be a bad idea since i don't like anything.
hedy pointed me to this in metaquotes:
I dreamed last night that one of my professors assigned us to do a literary analysis of semiotics in Clifford the Big Red Dog slash fic.
I really shouldn't friend episodic_buffy, should i? (It's currently on 1.7, "Angel" -- the episode following "The Pack.")
HoYay goes mainstream, and my father e-mailed me this with the Subject line "For what it's worth (The OC, Simpsons mainstreaming (?) teh gay)"
1) Yes, my father says/writes "teh" now because of me :)
2) The article my dad sent me makes me wanna watch The O.C. (and of course ever since i first heard about that plotline, everytime i hear about it i am reminded of the Celebration skit which predated it).
2a) Kate Lockley was the one in that L&O storyline!? I heard vaguely about it but hadn't paid much attention since i barely watch L&O and certainly don't know character names.
Stacey gave me a new copying job today, and in with the pile was one of gift types i've done before, so i did the new job and then did the one, paperclipping it separate. When i gave her all the piles and pointed out about the oddball she said, "you're brilliant, you're brilliant." Yes, she really did call me "brilliant" twice. I think she must have been having a rough day or something, 'cause she's always appreciative but rarely so effusive as that.
Read Tolkien's essay "On Fairy-stories" (pages 31-99 in The Tolkien Reader). Found i rather liked his style in general, which surprised me. I was reminded a lot of that opening day of Betsey's class when we talked about defining fairy tales, because the first ten pages or so of Tolkien's essay is basically a lengthy discussion of that question. The short answer is that fairy tales aren't tales about fairies themselves but about the land of Faerie, which encompasses so much more. I'll spare you the copious quotage, but i'm tempted to open a class [years from now when i'm a professor] with the words that open his essay:
I propose to talk about fairy-stories, though I am aware that this is a rash adventure. Faërie is a perilous land, and in it are pitfalls for the unwary and dungeons for the overbold. And overbold I may be accounted, for though I have been a lover of fairy-stories since I learned to read, and have at times thought about them, I have not studied them professionally. I have been hardly more than a wandering explorer (or trespasser) in the land, full of wonder but not of information.I'll bet the television ratings for the Patriots game last night will be impressive. So few people going out or worrying, "I have to get up early tomorrow." Well, it's fun that they won. And for a few days, all the Super Bowl hype and excitement will be fun, too. But I think I'm going to get awful tired of two weeks of it. I wonder if there will be some can't-get-away-from-it slogan like the years ago anti-Miami Dolphins "Squish the Fish" (and yes, dolphins aren't fish; they're marine mammals. But that didn't seem to lend itself to a snappy slogan. "Sucker punch the cetaceans"?)
-email from my father Monday morning
moxiemuse reminded me about filing FAFSA and i wondered if i was gonna be getting a W-2 from MML (i'm not sure i've worked for them within the past fiscal year). She said she knew she wouldn't be getting a W-2 from home 'cause she worked under the table. I said i worked over the table, got paid by the town. It's so sad that i didn't realize what i had walked into until she actually pointed out it out to me. "Working over the table, getting paid by the town."
P.S. omg doyle_sb4 wrote me fic.