Hi, everybody! (All together now: “Hello, Mrs. LaZebnik.”)
It’s been a while. Sorry about that. I’ve been kind of MIA. Kim very kindly gave me a breather so I could finish up some work and relax over Thanksgiving break–except I wasn’t relaxing because my deadline was today. But I’m ba-ack.
I figured this would be a good time to toss out some odds and ends, kind of clear the decks before the major explosion that is the winter holidays. That are the winter holidays?
First of all, run don’t walk to “Fantastic Mr. Fox.” Oddly enough, it’s based on what I believe is the only Roald Dahl book that no one in my family has ever read. Maybe that was good: we brought nothing to the movie except a cautious love for Wes Anderson (cautious because we didn’t make it through that last train movie). FMF is wonderful–possibly the best movie I’ve seen this year. It’s lively but not frenetic, whimsical without being cloying, oddly relatable and absolutely gorgeous. As a side note, I have to tell you that after we moved into our current home, a neighbor informed us that Roald Dahl had lived here with his wife, actress Patricia Neal, when she was recovering from her strike. We’ve changed the house completely, but I still feel like it’s been touched by genius. And so, for that matter, has Wes Anderson.
Moving on. That vampire movie sequel has broken all sorts of records. I haven’t seen it or the previous one because I couldn’t get through the first book in the series. I’m not a difficult reader. I’m the person who reads junky fantasy novels by the boatload. I LOVE an excuse to read something that’s fun and stupid–in fact, every vacation we go on, I look for one of those “lending bookshelves” where people leave the books they read on vacation for others to read, and if I find one, I take the junkiest thing I can find, preferably one with “passion,” “fiery,” or “wicked” in the title. So I’m not haughty and I’m not hard to please. I just hated the writing in Twilight. I tried to read it twice and didn’t make it more than a few chapters either time. I realize I’m in the minority here and that millions of readers say I’m just WRONG. To each his own, right? Read the rest of this entry »