Yesterday was a good day. It stopped raining - few sprinkles; nothing a hood couldn't handle. I started matching up the audio interviews to the llama documentary first cut today. woohooo, this thing will take a lot of work, but it's looking better than I thought.
During lunch, I gave one of those student-run charity org booths a donation in exchange for a fresh grilled cheese sandwich. Ate it while walking to Half-Price Books. Couldn't find Movies in Fifteen Minutes there - the cashier recognized the name but said all the stock was in the shelves, which means they're gone now. :(
But there was a $3.95 book called The History of Farting
, so I bought that. Little book of fart facts.
In the afternoon, I realized that a discussion section was cancelled this week, and the following class was also cancelled, although the instructors would in the classroom to answer questions about the project. So I went to a computer lab, and eventually got the urge to check for some books for personal reading. Wrote down call numbers, went to the appropriate library, and found the first title on my list, Suspects
. Unfortunately, a quick rifle of the book showed that it did not look like the crazy read I wanted. So I went through more of my list. While I was looking for one title, (some two or three shelf aisles away from my first search), I saw another book titled Suspects
. I had searched for the wrong author! This
was the book I was looking for! I picked that volume up and dropped my search there. Got the last title at the East Asian Library (Tales of Ise
- I'm a geek) after checking in with the ES instructors about my group's project.
Ran to catch the BART. In Fremont, I went straight to Borders to see if any copies of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
were available. It was released April 8th. Sold out. And it turns out only two Barnes and Noble stores in the entire South/lower East Bay thought of ordering the title. The Fremont location was not one of those stores. FAIL
But after finishing a school text, I started reading Suspects
, by David Thomson. It is so good that I'm going to take a reading break from the internet after this post. It's the ultimate book for film buffs, especially those like me that are more into crime stuff.
Laura from Laura
and so much more. And each chapter begins with each character's name, along with the actor/actress, name of film, year, and director. Basically, each chapter is a description of each character's life, going beyond the film they appeared in. Want to know what could have happened to those kids in Rebel Without a Cause?
It's here. You don't even need to know all the films referenced - the stories and writing are compelling enough. What unifies the book is the wealth of connections, either through echoed themes or author-created meetings between the character and other well-known characters.
There was an Ilsa Lund connection to the painter Edward Hopper that got me searching for the painting "High Noon." Well, the first painting on this site
reminded me of a certain Bates Motel seen here in this picture I have from the Universal Studios backlot
Guess I have a weakness for crazy books that steal other characters and then put them in cracky circumstances. See - the need for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
, my fangirling over Sacco and Vanzetti are Dead!
(That book is so awesome if you know stuff about really old slapstick comedy. Because, instead of being anarchists, Sacco and Vanzetti are comedians. It really works.)
alright, I've talked too much.
Also, feel free to leave a comment if you've watched Lost
and want to ride horses for Anubis