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Waiting in the Wet and the Cold

Currently, here in Providence, it's chilly and damp. This would make for a decent March, but in a few days it'll be June. Currently, it's 57˚F and overcast. In Birmingham, it's a respectable 78˚F (with a heat index of 88˚F).

I'm not sure I've ever had as titanic a struggle with insomnia as I am now experiencing, and I've suffered from insomnia all my adult life. I'm drifting through the days, half awake, then I can't sleep at night. Despite the Seroquel, I didn't get to sleep until 5 a.m.

Yesterday, I said no to a BBC exec. That's gotta count for something, right? I said no to other people, too, but that's the one that sorta stands out. Otherwise, I struggled with "Three Kisses." I wrote 429 words. I proofread "The Cats of River Street (1925)" for Lois Gresh's forthcoming Innsmouth Nightmares anthology.

All the good in the world
You can put inside a thimble
And still have room for you and me.
~ Tom Waits

From my Facebook yesterday: There are actually people who don't see the contradiction inherent in this statement: "X should never be used as a plot device, but I oppose censorship." You cannot stand for free speech and grouse about, say, rape scenes in Game of Thrones. Or calling for a "trigger warning" on Ovid's Metamorphosis. Period.

Last night, we watched Henry Hobson's Maggie (2015) and Tommy Lee Jones' adaptation of Glendon Swarthout's The Homesman (2014). Unfortunately, the casting of Arnold Schwarzenegger in a straightforward dramatic role cripples Maggie, a film that in all other ways is quite good. Abigail Breslin gives it her all in the quietest, most thoughtful zombie film I've ever seen, but she's fighting against Schwarzenegger's woodenness every step of the way. If, say, Matthew McConaughey had been cast as her father instead of the Governator, this film could have been stellar. The makeup effects and David Wingo's score are superb. As for The Homesman, it's probably the best western since the Coens' adaptation of True Grit (2010). Both Tommy Lee Jones (in the title role) and Hilary Swank (also in the title role) deliver wonderful performances. Two thumbs up and all that.

Please have a look at the current eBay auctions. Thank you.

TTFN,
Aunt Beast