Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion Harvard Business Review on Leading in Turbulent Times Finding Oz by Evan I Schwartz
The Marriage Bureau for Rich People by Farahad Zama The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion Hands down, the best book I read this month was The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion. One of those rare books I would recommend without any reservations to anyone and everyone. Movies Seen (for the first time) A Passage to India – The movie is visually lovely. Unfortunately, it takes liberties with the story that negate the full impact of the novel. Gattaca – Interesting. Predictable. The more I see of Jude Law, the more I like him. What’s up with that? Tropic Thunder – There’s no way I would’ve seen this had someone not given it to Rob. Surprise. I laughed. Maybe because I’ve seen enough Vietnam movies to get the references. That and I love Robert Downey Jr. Music in Another Room – Cute. Ummmm yeah. That’s it. Has the lovely Jude Law and the annoying Jennifer Tilly. Perhaps they cancel out one another. The Exorcist: Beginnings – Why? Why did they make this? Why did I watch it? The novel, which I read as a teenager, was more interesting than all of the movies combined. Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull – Not sure why they have to keep milking this cash cow. The Last Crusade was soooo good and The Temple of Doom soooo horrid. The Crystal Skull was just another visit to a well that is pretty much dry.
Rob and I watched Dexter Season 2. For those of you who are paying attention, yes this means we watched season three before season two. I have to say that if we hadn’t, I think that season two would have pushed me to the edge of wanting to watch the show into not wanting to watch it. I can’t say that the show was any more dark than in the other seasons and it was still brilliantly written and acted so it isn’t the quality at all. But it just felt different too me. Less safe. Far more threatening. I have my theories about why but to explore them here would be to have spoilers so I’ll just leave it at that. I am looking forward to season four, thanks to the less threatening and still intense season three. They say things happen for a reason. Maybe the reason I saw season three before I saw season two was so that I wouldn’t give up on the show prematurely.