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  1. Marvin

    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Update: Somebody bought my Julie Gurthrie skellies. But I'm sure they'll have a happy home now, and for that I'm glad.
  2. Lara Williams's A Selfie As Big As The Ritz. Collection of stories mostly about women, just on the way out of their twenties or a bit beyond, navigating fairly standard college-educated middle-class problems. Highlights: A woman works through the holdovers of a relationship with a friend's help in "One of Those Life Things"; a woman chooses between boys in "Both Boys"; a couple's relationship grows strained when he takes a job in another town and she remains behind in "This Small Written Thing"; a woman grows old in her marriage and job in "Treats"; a woman has a encounter on a plane in "Toxic Shock Syndrome"; a woman contemplates meditation and a love affair in "Safe Spaces"; and a woman navigates parent-teacher meetings in "A Single Lady's Manual for Parent/Teacher Evening." William Trevor's Cheating At Canasta. Collection of stories focused on everyday but significant moments in the lives of Irish folks. And I guess Brits in some cases. Tend often toward the heavy side, weighty in terms of subject matter and delivery. Introspective, unhurried, perhaps to the point of reading a little slow at times. Sometimes lays it on a bit too thick as in the To Catch A Predator-esque "An Afternoon." Highlights: A young mechanic in affected by a roadside incident in "The Dressmaker's Child"; a woman reflects on the effect of a legal incident on her life and marriage while carrying on an affair in "The Room"; a man intrudes upon another couple's life while dining abroad in his wife's honor in the title story; a girl witnesses great violence on the way home from the club in "Bravado"; a woman faces the unpleasant transformation of her family's lands in order to maintain the estate in "At Olivehill"; and a woman reflects on her husband's youthful affair in "Old Flame." A.M. Homes's Days of Awe. Collection of stories following people through various changes and realizations and traumas in their lives. Some great stories in here; some too that seem to drone on or drag out a little aimlessly, particularly when they revolve heavily around dialogue. Highlights: An aging doctor reflects on his life spent among rich friends upon his brother's visiting in "Brother on Sunday"; a novelist tries to sort out her life partly though an encounter with a war reporter and old friend while at a conference on genocide in the title story; a woman recounts the falling apart of her marriage while at lunch with a friend in "All Is Good Except for the Rain"; a man retraces a childhood family trip to Disney Land in "The Last Good Time"; a family builds toward some mechanical end in "Omega Point"; and a young woman returns home from college to seemingly unending familial tragedy in "She Got Away." Miranda July's No One Belongs Here More Than You. Collection of stories that rarely lets you forget it's working hard as it can to be quirky, weird, different. Disconnected, purposefully odd characters. Obtuse. Highlights: A woman dreams of Prince William in "Majesty"; a neighbor's child mystifies in "The Boy from Lam Kien"; a woman tries to make a connection with her boss's wife in "Ten True Things"; and a relationship fizzles for a disaffected couple turned movie extras in "Mon Plaisir."
  3. Marvin

    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    The mind boggles.
  4. Marvin

    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    The future I thought I'd get: hoverboards, virtual reality, and a cure for cancer. The future I got: So now they make little electric pens you can plug vials of weed juice into and get high.
  5. Marvin

    What are required "Japanese Anime" Movies

    Oh, look, it's my hill to die on. HE'S NOT DEAD HE'S JUST UNCONSCIOUS Also +1 for Yoko Kanno. She's amazingly talented. This is my favorite of her pieces probably (though she may've cowritten it). Her work on Bebop was fabulous--I don't think it can be overstated just how much of a contribution she made to the final product. It's still good and all without that soundtrack, but I'm not sure it achieves that top-tier sort of status without it. Perfect fit, perfectly themed, so on-point it lifts everything it scores. Williams at his best is a good reference point imo for how good she was in Bebop, the impact she had. Jonny Greenwood's score to There Will Be Blood jumps to mind as an equally perfect score. Maybe the highest praise I can lay on her is that she was a great gateway to the broader jazz world for me. Before Bebop I knew I liked jazz, there was stuff I dug, but I never really knew what exactly. The series made me dig into bebop of course, and that's where I discovered my heart lay. But even aside from the name, Kanno's work there actually fit with the greats of that era! She was paying homage in a legit way, I think, and while, yeah, she's no Monk or Coltrane or Mingus or whoever, she made some really fun music that didn't lose its luster when I came back to it more educated. It's still enjoyable, still entertaining. This is probably totally nuts to anyone who's not a late gen-x hillbilly dork who often finds things and comes to love them in the weirdest ways. But there was a lot in her Bebop work for me.
  6. Marvin

    What are required "Japanese Anime" Movies

    Kinda this, if I'm being honest here. Especially if we're talking about movies only. I don't think there's a single anime full-length feature film I was particularly better off for having seen. I've always thought most the usual suspects pretty dull/disappointing. If your coming at it purely from a cinema-studies kind of standpoint I guess Akira, maybe Ghost in the Shell, and I suppose whatever the best of what's-his-name's films are considered to be. I did love Ninja Scroll but pretty sure no one actually needs to see it. The Vampire Hunter D movies too. If we're including series, watch the original Eva series before you turn 20 and Cowboy Bebop. Other'n that, I got some faves--a lot of faves, really; big shout out to the Hellsing mention, and let me add/second if I missed them Escaflowne, the original Lodoss War series, Drifters, FLCL, and Planetes, off the top my head--but I'm not sure I'd label 'em must-see for the genre. Really just a matter of what strikes a body's fancy. ETA: I do kinda wanna watch Akira again, haven't seen it in twenty years, but I think I'll probably just be disappointed again.
  7. Marvin

    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Ja.
  8. Marvin

    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    IIIIIIIIIIIIIII just started commissioning fantasy art for the first time. Saw someone advertising some fairly simple (comparatively; I mean, way cooler and more complex than anything I could ever manage) sketches of a type I really dig at a very reasonable rate, and I was inspired. Gonna have her do one for all four of us from my OG D&D group if it goes well and she's up for it. Kinda excited.
  9. Marvin

    What are the "Required Viewing" Fantasy Movies?

    I'm about a Mick Jagger cameo and a Don Johnson suit away from a cocaine overdose right now.
  10. Marvin

    What are the "Required Viewing" Fantasy Movies?

    If I'm good for anything, it's surely saying what others are smart enough not to say. I still haven't seen Neverending Story. Or The Dark Crystal. Or Legend. They're all in that same category of stuff I missed as a child in the 80s and am hesitant to watch at this point--especially after finally watching Labyrinth a couple years ago and being, to say the least, incredibly disappointed.
  11. Marvin

    What are the "Required Viewing" Fantasy Movies?

    Oh, and surprised not to see Solomon Kane get a mention.
  12. Marvin

    What are the "Required Viewing" Fantasy Movies?

    Unpopular opinion alert: Labyrinth is a terrible movie made no better by 80s nostalgia, and people should stop foisting it upon unsuspecting victims. Thank you for coming to my TED talk.
  13. Marvin

    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Old business: Didn't break out from poison ivy, but I've got a bit growing in a couple spots. Gonna have to break out the Roundup. Hopefully will avoid the cancer. Skellies didn't sell. Pretty all right with these developments. New business: Mice in the house again! These came up from the basement. Set traps. Corgi apparently made one snap in the night last night and scared the life out of herself; she refused to go into the kitchen all day, even to eat breakfast, though finally summoned up the courage to take supper in her usual spot. Anyway, Caught one right in front of the basement door tonight, reloaded and reset the trap, and caught another twenty minutes later. Guessing that's probably it for now, but we'll see. Gonna have to poison the basement. Lazy-mopped the kitchen tonight. Hopefully will avoid hantavirus. My mom's birthday. Had a (not very good) lunch out with her and gave her a "chime" that doesn't chime but has solar-powered light-up hummingbirds at the end of the strings. She sent pictures, and I can see it on her porch from my porch--looks pretty cool, actually. Randomly found it on Amazon. Probably the best gifting I've done in a while. Buying for my parents is so difficult. Got my dad's birthday in two weeks. Meh. My wife's supposed to be here for yet another attempt at reconciliation next weekend. For those who may recall that saga--well. We'll see. Back when I used to wear pants I didn't use the pockets that much. I prefer a shirt pocket, I think. Kinda miss being in school and having an excuse to carry a backpack. The pants-pockets situations in women's clothing is a holdover from the widespread carrying of purses, of course. Kinda wish it was socially acceptable for a man to carry a purse. And I mean, I know I can, but it's like wearing a fannypack, pretty much. Nobody's gonna stop you or whatever, but it's just not a good look. Why am I still awake.
  14. Aquameh. Not terrible but not very good. Really bad dialogue. Way too long--by at least 45 minutes. Absolutely no superhero movie ever has needed to be over two hours long. Hard to watch in a way because I couldn't stop thinking about the lead actress's history of domestic abuse against her partners. I hope she's recast for future installments. Amazon's streaming quality was absolutely terrible, so I was robbed of the pretty pictures, which I'm guessing would've been the most enjoyable part of this movie.
  15. Marvin

    Randomness XV: 'tis a silly place.

    Yeah, and I actually really enjoy painting skellies. But I've already got an endless supply. And won't paint anymore anyway. So I met 'em halfway, maybe a little high still but not much, and we'll see what happens. If they pull the trigger I can feel good about it, and if they don't that's good too. Ta-da.
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