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Yesterday was one of the most unabashedly shitty days I've had in a long time. Today, I'm in the the stunned silence after the blast, my ears ringing.

No writing. No writing since July 18th.

I sat in the reading room at the John Hay Library and signed the signature sheets for Beneath an Oil-Dark Sea. I signed my name 760 times. Two hours. Mindless, robotic. But at least there was air conditioning.

Providence is having it's annual few days of hot weather, and this house – no AC, except one all but pointless window unit – is an oven. On Monday, we sat here and baked. Yesterday, we got out. I didn't work on Monday.

...Or bow down and be grateful and say "Sure, take all that you see,"
To the men who move only in dimly-lit halls and determine my future for me
~ Fleet Foxes.

Sunday's episode of True Detective, brilliant. I have no idea how they're going to wrap this all up in only three more episodes, but, then, that's another thing about noir, the abrupt ending.

There's a film I must recommend in the strongest possible terms, Zak Hilditch's These Final Hours (2013). You'll recognize some of On the Beach (1959) and some of Sunshine (2007), and you will see a smart, sorrowful, deeply humane film that gets the "world will end in fire" scenario right. It's streaming on Netflix. See it.

We also saw Tom Green's Monsters: Dark Continent (2014), a film with no notable weakness aside from it's unfortunate title. It's a sequel to Gareth Edwards' very excellent Monsters (2010). The mundane nightmare of war in the Middle East punctuated by cosmic awe. This one's also streaming on Netflix.

TTFN,
Aunt Beast

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dipsomaniac
Jul. 22nd, 2015 04:48 pm (UTC)
I signed my name 760 times.

I can't imagine how long that took. I realized I rarely handwrite anything for an extensive amount of time anymore. The other day I was transcribing some recipes so I could organize them and my hand was so cramped up after writing about ten.
greygirlbeast
Jul. 22nd, 2015 04:53 pm (UTC)

Two hours.
handful_ofdust
Jul. 22nd, 2015 04:56 pm (UTC)
I loved Monsters: Dark Continent. It's that rare sequel which doesn't retroactively taint its predecessor's world-view, just opens it up and out. A wonderful mixture of docudrama and magic realism, with politics intact at either end.
greygirlbeast
Jul. 22nd, 2015 05:21 pm (UTC)

Yep.
rysmiel
Jul. 22nd, 2015 05:35 pm (UTC)
I had not even heard of it prior to now; I do hope it's on Netflix Canada and shall check so soon as I get home. Thanks for both these recommendations.

Edited at 2015-07-22 05:36 pm (UTC)
Marc D. Goldfinger
Jul. 22nd, 2015 06:20 pm (UTC)
760 Caitlin R Kiernan
I'll be getting one of them--if I'm still alive. This heat is killer.
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