Lois Lowry's Blog
HO HO HO
Woman: What do you do?
Man: Me? Oh, I write books.
Woman: How interesting! Have you sold anything recently?
Man: Why, yes. My couch, my car and my flat-screen television.
That's a dumb joke stolen from a NYT humorous piece about whether writers should be bailed out by the Feds.
And here is a venomous (and anonymous) email I received yesterday:
But 'tis the season to be jolly, so I am ho-ho-ho-ing.
Thursday night was the meeting of my "Movie Group", as we unimaginatively call ourselves, and this time we discussed the film "I've Loved You So Long." It's fair to say that we all greatly admired the acting but had interesting differences of opinion about the content.
Personally I had a problem with the denouément (aside from the obvious problem of spelling it). I don't want to spoil the film for those who perhaps have not seen it. But there is an unanswered question throughout the movie---and an important question---but the answering of it didn't ring true for me, and seemed a cop-out, a too-easy explanation, and not credible.
Despite that, I loved the film and in additon to the remarkable acting, I admired the editing and the cinematogaphy enormously. There is a scene, I think the last scene in the movie, which is close-ups of the two women who are the main characters. The camera shifts its focus mid-scene and I found the shift dazzling.
Many, many, MANY years ago, when I was in graduate school, I had to write a paper on Virginia Woolf's "To the Lighthouse." At the time I was studying photography in graduate school, in additon to literature, and I wrote about the photographic structure of the book: the shifts in focus, the narrowing and widening of the depth of field, the metaphor of the lighthouse itself, which illuminates something briefly and then goes on, plunging it back into darkness.
(Remembering that now, I realize I miss academics and the pondering of such things. But if I were to spend my time now on that kind of thinking, I would have to sell my couch, my car, and my flat-screen television. if I had a flat-screen television.)