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It doesn't look like mid-May outside. It looks like early April. Only greener.

Yesterday was very productive. Though I'd thought I'd only make it halfway through the third pass on the Daughter of Hounds typescript, I made it all the way through. There was even some actual writing involved, which I'll admit was a relief after days and days and days of line edits. I expanded an important scene between Emmie and Odd Willie. But yeah, that was work yesterday. Today, Spooky and I tackle all the notes I made during the most recent read-through. I fear them. Also, I've decided that the appendices stay. Or rather, that I'll push for their inclusion. And anyone with a morbid fear of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and House of Leaves should be warned, a number of pages in DoH employ the sort of non-traditional layout I used in Murder of Angels (pp. 150-159, 320-321, 323). So, if you're the sort who considers standard paragraph and sentence layout sacrosanct and deem such Carrollian devices to be artsy-fartsy or pretentious or just plain silly, well, you've been warned.

My thanks to David Lynton of the Galaxy Bookshop in Sydney. Australia for his kind e-mail.

Last night, we watched Munich. A brilliant, complex, important film, and yet another reason to be baffled by Crash having won Best Picture at the Oscars this year.

I feel as though there's something more I want to say. That there's something, as they say, right here on the tip of my tongue, but it keeps slipping away from me.

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loosechanj
May. 10th, 2006 04:36 pm (UTC)
I didn't get Crash. People are assholes, except when they're not? OMG that cop totally sexually harassed that woman then saved her life! I'm so conflicted!
sovay
May. 10th, 2006 07:43 pm (UTC)
Also, I've decided that the appendices stay. Or rather, that I'll push for their inclusion.


Yay. Best of luck.

A brilliant, complex, important film, and yet another reason to be baffled by Crash having won Best Picture at the Oscars this year.

I still need to see Munich: I wanted to see it originally because Tony Kushner was involved, and then I wanted to see it because of what I kept hearing from friends. I can add this review to the list . . .

Good Night, and Good Luck is still my Oscar bafflement.
greygirlbeast
May. 10th, 2006 10:43 pm (UTC)
Good Night, and Good Luck is still my Oscar bafflement.

You mean in that you think it should have won? Retroactively, it's my pick for best from those nominated (though I've not yet seen Memoirs of Geisha).
sovay
May. 11th, 2006 01:21 am (UTC)
You mean in that you think it should have won?

I can't understand why it didn't win at least one of the awards for which it was nominated, if not several. It impressed me very much.
greygirlbeast
May. 11th, 2006 04:14 am (UTC)

I can't understand why it didn't win at least one of the awards for which it was nominated, if not several. It impressed me very much.


Okay. That's what I thought you meant. :-)
sovay
May. 11th, 2006 04:16 am (UTC)
Yes: not that it confused me entirely. (Sorry; that wasn't very clear of me.) : P

It's one of the films that I've seen twice now and would gladly see a third time, because I know I'll pick out some relation of music to scene, or significant piece of dialogue, that I hadn't caught before. And I love the music.
setsuled
May. 10th, 2006 09:30 pm (UTC)
Last night, we watched Munich. A brilliant, complex, important film,

My favourite film from last year. Nice to see at least one friend of mine saw it and liked it.

I thought it really effectively showed a change in a man's perceptions as he assimilates constant violence, and the machinations of violence, into his life.

and yet another reason to be baffled by Crash having won Best Picture at the Oscars this year.

I wasn't really expecting Munich to win. People seem to take it for granted that Spielberg's going to make a great film, even though he's made bad ones. But, yeah, Crash was the George W. Bush of the lot.
greygirlbeast
May. 10th, 2006 10:41 pm (UTC)
I thought it really effectively showed a change in a man's perceptions as he assimilates constant violence, and the machinations of violence, into his life.

Well said.

I wasn't really expecting Munich to win.

As I say above, I still think Good Night, and Good Luck should have won. But Munich was surely far more deserving than Crash
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