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This will be short, because I've not had a day off since Mabon (eight days ago), and I've not left the house since last Wednesday. It's not good for me, and I can't get back into that habit. So, today is a day off, and I have been ordered to go forth into the Outside. There was a small seizure yesterday, and that's usually a pretty good sign I'm doing something wrong.

By now, folks should have Sirenia Digest #34, with which I am quite pleased. It came out long, 57 pages. I was very glad that we got the interview with Karl Persson, and I'm looking forward not only to the reaction to "Untitled #33", but the reaction to the excerpt from The Red Tree.

Last night, I realized that after Burn After Reading, I was craving more Coen Bros., so we watched Miller's Crossing. It might well be my favourite Coen film. It's certainly in the top three. If only for the superb dialog, and the scene where Leo single-handedly takes down the hit squad that Caspar has sent after him, while "Danny Boy" lilts in the background. Wonderful. It's just a perfect film, and it soothes me.

Please, please have a look at the current batch of eBay auctions.

Okay...clothes, right? And...doors. Sheesh. Doors.

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n5red
Sep. 30th, 2008 05:15 pm (UTC)
Please take good care of yourself.
tsarina
Sep. 30th, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
Reading the excerpt from The Red Tree made me want more. I'm looking forward to this! I love a story layered and layered the way this one feels to me.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 30th, 2008 09:19 pm (UTC)

Reading the excerpt from The Red Tree made me want more. I'm looking forward to this! I love a story layered and layered the way this one feels to me.

That's a reassuring sort of thing to hear.
sovay
Sep. 30th, 2008 07:45 pm (UTC)
I was very glad that we got the interview with Karl Persson, and I'm looking forward not only to the reaction to "Untitled #33", but the reaction to the excerpt from The Red Tree.

1) Chapter 2 of The Red Tree reminds me of Nabokov.

2) "Untitled #33" is very, very beautiful.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 30th, 2008 09:19 pm (UTC)

1) Chapter 2 of The Red Tree reminds me of Nabokov.

I think that might qualify as a literary pick-up line. ;-)
robyn_ma
Sep. 30th, 2008 11:05 pm (UTC)
I think I've told you this before, but when I'm in the mood for Relatively Serious Coens, it used to be Miller's Crossing and nothing else, but now it's that or No Country. If I want Goofy Coens, it's gotta be Raising Arizona or The Big Lebowski.

I may be alone in feeling they've never made a bad movie.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 30th, 2008 11:11 pm (UTC)

I may be alone in feeling they've never made a bad movie.

Hmmmm. I wasn't terribly fond of The Man Who Wasn't There, but I think that had more with to do me than the movie. But, otherwise....

Yeah, when I want silly Coens, it's usually The Big Lebowski, though sometimes it's The Hudsucker Proxy or Raising Arizona.
robyn_ma
Oct. 1st, 2008 12:09 am (UTC)
Raising Arizona I think was my first Coen film, and it just struck me so goddamn funny ('They're jammies! They got Yodas an' shit on 'em!') it's my sentimental favorite of their comedies, though Lebowski is just about dead even. It depends which one I've seen most recently.

The one that hasn't quite held up for me is Blood Simple, and by that I just mean they would go on to do much, much better and their debut, upon rewatching now, plays relatively weak in comparison with the later gems. (You'd never guess from Frances McDormand's performance what kind of actress she'd turn out to be.)

I even liked The Ladykillers, because Tom Hanks just seemed to be having so much fun with that dialogue. Clooney shines in all his Coen films for the same reason.

You're not off-base, though; The Man Who Wasn't There seems to be the least Coens-y film, in terms of dialogue or characters or scenes you effortlessly recall years later, or a world you're eager to revisit. I enjoyed its pitch-perfect film noir style and Billy Bob's equally perfect film noir performance, but the film is short on Coen Moments.
sovay
Oct. 1st, 2008 03:20 am (UTC)
I even liked The Ladykillers, because Tom Hanks just seemed to be having so much fun with that dialogue.

Have you seen the original (1955), with Alec Guinness? It is quite wonderful. (I have not seen the remake.)
greygirlbeast
Oct. 1st, 2008 04:34 am (UTC)

Have you seen the original (1955), with Alec Guinness?

It's a favourite of mine.
robyn_ma
Oct. 1st, 2008 02:47 pm (UTC)
Yep. It's a classic. The Coens' version manages to be its own thing, neither eclipsing nor tarnishing the original, but the original is a thing of beauty.
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greygirlbeast
Oct. 1st, 2008 02:43 am (UTC)

The RED TREE excerpt beguiles. And "Untitled #33" has some *very* tasty verbal marksmanship.

Thank you.

I am pleased that, as a gay female writer, you don't spell 'women' with a Y.)

Not in a million goddamn years...
madrial
Oct. 1st, 2008 11:41 am (UTC)
'Untitled #33' was as bewitching as the drawing, I love such a twisted narrative were you find more depth each time you read. The pace that first-person gives the Red Tree was captivating, changing from a sense of urgency into a certain calmness. Although on a selfish note I wish I didn't keep receiving Sirenia first thing in the morning so I am 'forced' into reading it while I should be working!
corucia
Oct. 1st, 2008 05:03 pm (UTC)
completely off-topic, but here's an interesting series of images:

http://www.darkroastedblend.com/2008/09/most-alien-looking-place-on-earth.html

Might spark a story or two, or at least add some interesting background...
mr_earbrass
Oct. 1st, 2008 06:43 pm (UTC)
..not that well.
Hear hear on the Miller's Crossing tip, easily the most criminally underrated picture in their catalog. That film single handedly made J.P. Freeman (The Dane) and Jon Polito (Casper) two of my favorite character actors. The detail of the slang, the perfectly repetitious Carter Burwell score, the cinematography, the costumes, the cast, the everything. Their take on that archetypal storyline is just as good as Yojimbo or A Fistful of Dollars, maybe even better. Not just one of their best but one of the best films on Organized Crime ever made, by my book.

I too adore everything the Coens have touched, even the maligned Raimi co-pro Crimewave had its moments...wait, no, I never actually watched Intolerable Cruelty. What say you on that picture, worth viewing at all? I had strong dounts...

And as you two enjoy an audio read, as it were, I would highly recommend the audio version of Ethan Coen's fiction collection Gates of Eden--I don't think it contains all the stories from the book but it has most of them, and they're read by such staples of the Coen stable as John Goodman, John Turturro, Steve Buscemi, and William H. Macy.

An aside: I've got some scratch earmarked for the Digest next paycheck, really looking forward to it. Also about to crack Threshold and picked up the DOH TPB for a friend's upcoming birthday; your stuff is contagious like a Cronenberg virus.
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