25 March 2004

"The Wrong Hand"
Thursday March 25 2004

Earlier this week I was walking through the living room towards the kitchen with a just-put-out glass encased candle in one hand and a half full glass of water in the other when a thirst came over me and so I began to lift one hand towards my mouth... the wrong hand. Thank goodness I realized which was which before the wet wax scalded my mouth. Regularly I go into the kitchen with something to put it away and it almost ends up in the fridge when in fact it often doesn't even belong in the kitchen. Do these things happen to you? Why do you think it is? Then again, how else would I have tried orange juice or parmesan cheese in my cereal.

I went to see the new Charlie Kaufman (being john malkovich, human nature, adaptation) scripted movie ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND upon it's release on Friday. Having read the script a good six months ago there weren't many surprises plot wise but some really creative versions of scenes that I wasn't sure could exist. The movie's press says that Michel Gondry did all the effects "in camera" versus doing CGI etc. I truly find this hard to believe but then again he is a master. Regardless of the "how", Michel and crew pulled off some great stuff with my only complaint being how claustrophobic and shaky all of the camera work was throughout with the exception of some shots on the ice which were framed pretty well. Anyway, it's a fun movie with a great premise. You'll probably enjoy it.

In the latest issue of THE BELIEVER (despite the title it's not a religious magazine, it mostly concerns literature) there is an excerpt from a forthcoming biography written by Dave Eggers. It's nice to read some new writing from him and it seems to be part of a pretty compelling story that could address some important issues. Both Borders and B&N carry the magazine so check out it. Always good interviews in it too.

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