Sunday, January 07, 2007

The bright side

I'm getting a lot of reading done. And we listened to the entire broadcast of I Puritani, which was wonderful. Thanks to the library, we saw Empire Falls, which was evidently shown originally on cable and was never in theatrical release. Lots of fun for lots of actors, only some of them hamming it up. Nobody's Fool was better, but this was good. K. may now be inclined to check out Richard Russo. Paring things down to the essential (only that which must be done) is a luxury. When I'm not well, I feel better to just keep on working, for the distraction, but I give myself permission to let down the guard a bit for reading and viewing. I can really taste only salty and picante things. Cool feels better than hot.


At 1:59 PM, January 10, 2007, Blogger Annie in Austin said...

A while ago we also enjoyed "Empire Falls" on DVD [don't have cable] and had a similar experience. Afterwards, we felt a need to re-rent "Nobody's Fool" and affirm that it was a better movie.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

At 2:15 PM, January 10, 2007, Blogger Rantor said...

I don't remember that the book was so Freudian / deterministic as the script. Also, Joanna Woodward, IMO, didn't add anything to this; Newman was really fine, as was Aidan Quinn, and Ed Harris was truly wonderful. (Aside: it's bad enough that we're hooked on La Fea Mas Bella; if we could see anything in addition to what an antenna only brings, I hate to think what how much time might be spent on TV. We can get ABC, CBS, NBC, CW, Univision, TVAzteca, Trinity Broadcasting, PBS, and the jewelry channel with the antenna alone, and there's nothing much to watch on any of them, which is probably a good thing!)

At 4:32 PM, January 10, 2007, Blogger Annie in Austin said...

Ed Harris was wonderful, as always. The book should go on my list.

Because I'm hooked on "House, MD", it's a good thing that FOX/7 usually comes in. Tuning in PBS, so necessary for Tom Spencer, is more like rolling dice.

BTW, I'm amazed at what did NOT freeze in your garden. Pam' garden blog,, shows that her part of Austin is still blooming, too.


At 5:25 PM, January 10, 2007, Blogger Rantor said...

There are a lot of microclimates, so we try to plant accordingly. Also, chiles and a lot of other things are in pots, so they get moved around to where it seems to be a tiny bit warmer. It helps that we're on a hill and not in a hollow; I don't think it's superstition that the cold runs downhill. That's why people plant their tender fruit trees on the hillside. I wrote earlier about two jardiniers of water, side by side, in one of which the water was covered with sollid ice, not just a skim, and in the other of which there weren't even ice-formation crystals. Now, *there's* a microclimate!


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