Lornayespeace’s Weblog

jan 6 – chaos
January 7, 2009, 11:40 am
Filed under: F Scott Fitzgerald, Living in Oblivion, my brother, nada, Tender is the Night

there are so many places i’d like to go, and so many people i’d like to be with

i watched living in oblivion (1995) tonight with my brother.  it’s a great movie.  the director’s a bit nuts.  i suggest watching the interview in the special features if you get the dvd.  a bowl of nuts.

this american life a couple weeks ago was just interviews in a mall.  how appropriate.

i haven’t made it past alcott in that book of author’s, but i have been inspired to look into fitzgerald’s “other” novel, tender is the night.

[i forced this entry.]          the-great-gatsby


jane 5 – Louisa May Alcott
January 6, 2009, 6:51 am
Filed under: Authors, Louisa May Alcott, Reading, Writing

I like reading about the lives of authors.  Although I’d like to think I can seperate an author’s character etc from that author’s work, I’m not quite certain this is the most enjoyable, nor most appropriate way to approach a text (or any work of art for that matter).

Anywho, Louisa May Alcott is the shit.  I haven’t read that much about her, but from what I do know, she’s super duper impressive and cool.  She used to chill with Emerson and Thoreau at Walden Pond.  She wrote her famous novel, Little Women a chapter a day with a pen on fucking paper on a lil ol’ desk by a window in her room.  She was super young when she did this, too,

and if you ask me: louisa_may_alcott_headshot

she was kind of hot.

I’m only on the “A”s in this great coffee table book of author’s houses that my glorious mom found.  I’m sure more exciting incomplete biographies of authors are to come!


jan 3

i just watched the perfect crime.  not the version with ryan gosling – though i have a friend who absolutely adores him and made a myspace page for him that she needed to desert because too many people kept unknowingly throwing their hearts at her, thinking she was him — it’s a spanish movie.  a “hilarious caper” according to netflix.

it’s funny from begining to end.  though, at some point i did get a bit impatient.  the values are a tad rotten, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles.

the film is set in madrid.  i miss madrid.  in one scene i saw the “tio pepe” sign that we used to use to navigate around plaza mayor.

recently i’m all about the mystery.  on christmas eve i read a couple short stories from an anthology titled, 100 menacing murder stories.  they were terrible.  i did not enjoy them.  the stories were predictable and non-nonsensical at the same time.  maybe i just missed a clue or something.  sue grafton is nice.  i read one of her letters series.  i like agatha chrstie and poe.  shirley jackson’s “the lottery” was good and eerie, but i like the quirks of a complicated library and too many characters and poison non-chalently thrown in with the clearning supplies bottles and the sugar cubes.  i have another collection of short stories titled alfred hithchock presents: stories to read with the lights off.  i’ll try that one next.  i remember the stories to read in the dark from the tales from the crypt series.  some of the books included stage direction for the reader — when to slow down, when to speed up or pause.  very theatrical – as a true murder mystery should be.

recently i watched without a clue with my brother.  it’s about sherlock holmes and doctor watson.  it took a moment for me to suspend disbelief and get into the reality,  but the film is definitely a part of the funny murder mystery genre that i so adore.  the genre that the film clue encompasses.  godsford park is a phenominal murder mystery film.  hm…i sense a wealthy white people theme developing…

i think i’m going to read: the inn, by guy de maupassant

crimen perfecto: