2007-05-07 - 11:20 a.m.
We have had perfect Spring weather in NYC for the past 5 days...In between jaunts in the wild sunshine, I have been doing the usual amount of reading and DVD-gawking, though:Little Children was almost as good as the book (screenplay co-written by its author), although the voice-over narration was distracting and unnecessary. But the performances were great, especially seeing Kate Winslet playing dowdy and Jackie Earle Haley playing creepy.The Long Goodbye has now taken its place at the top of my "favorite Robert Altman films" list. The combination of Elliott Gould's ultra-charming take on Philip Marlowe, and the dream-like Altman-y vision makes a really enjoyable detective story where the plot is secondary to the characters. Reading bits of the Decameron as pre-sleep palate cleanser. I'm not ready to comment, thoughMy main book, Promise Not to Tell, is poised somewhere between "good mystery" and "mediocre novel," but I'm staying with it until I find out, ya know, who dun it.A nice person just leant me Ian Hunter's 1972 tour diary. Had I only known about this book when my mad crush on Ian Hunter was in full flower!
Oddly enough, this glob entry contains mention of three men on whom I had enduring crushes at various points in my girlish past: Elliott Gould (fell in love with both him and Robt Blake after seeing the movie Busting on late night TV as an insomniacal 11-year old); Jackie Earle Haley (I thought he was the cutest one in Breaking Away); and Ian Hunter (who made my 16-yr-old heart yearn).
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