I rationalize that school is over next week and THAT will be the end of most opportunity for these kinds of excursions. They're not impossible at this point, but far less likely to occur. It's easier to escape when the kids are preoccupied for hours with school and -- in Vampire Child's case -- her baby cousin and the idyllic fun-land of my babysitter's home. Once school is out, the guilt is a little too much. Especially when I consider how much time I spent away from them last summer.
Mom guilt is such a weird thing. I was just wondering about how to title this piece. Then again, I wonder if there's really an "enough," a "too much," when it comes to parenting or doing the things that really satisfy you, like, strangely I suppose, reading and writing. Or if one can truly be "really satisfied" with one's efforts in parenting or writing. Post a Comment. Time off in Virginia meant time off the blog, and some time off from writing, too. It's just as good as people claim -- and probably just as ethically murky, too, but more like real journalism than anything I've read or watched or listened to in a decade.
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Last week was our last week of spring semester classes at the college, and in lieu of writing a blog post I was grading. Consistent with the profile for unhealthy counterphobic Sixes, Gallo is scared and aggressive by turns, while underneath he's pathetic and kind. Love and Death stars John Hurt as a voyeuristic widower and English literature professor who accidentally stumbles into a screening of a sleazy teenage comedy starring Jason Priestly from tv's Beverly Hills The elegant, snobbish Hurt "falls in love" with Priestly's B-movie screen persona and decides to seek the actor out at his residence on Long Island.
Hurt essentially becomes a stalker, befriending the harmless, slightly vacant Priestly while in the grip of an obsessive love that Hurt knows is ridiculous.
Death in Venice was filmed in with Dirk Bogarde in the lead role playing a clear Five. Critics who knew the source book complained that the film was solemn and tragic whereas Thomas Mann meant the whole thing to be a comedy, a farce of the passions. Love and Death captures the humor in Hurt's situation, especially making fun of his proud, pointless inability to handle the daily practicalities of life.
He is a social subtype affiliated with a rarified group of people who have arcane insider knowledge think academia. Hurt the actor is excellent and Priestly holds his own against his classically trained elder. PI is a bizarre, stylish film about a Five with a 6 wing Sean Gullette , a math genius who is seeking the existence of a mystical number.
Meanwhile he is being pursued by government agents and going mad from both the stress of his task and the isolation he needs in order to stay focused. He is a self-preservation Five characterized by a tendency to withdraw from the world. The film tries to convey what it feels like to be schizoid and mostly succeeds.
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It has a few moments of intense disquieting gore right at the end, so be warned. The Governess follows a young woman Minnie Driver as she moves away from home and takes her first job on a remote coastal estate in the North of England. An affair follows, made all the more illicit because Driver is Jewish, evidently a bad thing to be in those days.
Wilkinson's One is sober and serious, a man of science fighting the irrationality of his feelings. The film has its moments but is choppy and predictable. Driver is far too contemporary an actress for the Victorian-era story. A Merry War also features a very clear One.
Based on a George Orwell novel, the film stars Richard Grant as a cranky, dissatisfied advertising executive who impulsively quits his job to become a full-time poet. Grant is a social One, characterized by rigidity and a fondness for ranting about the evils of civilization. Instead of making a real go at poetry, Grant descends into chaos, squalor and Sevenish licentiousness.
A One's connection to Four is clear as Grant becomes exceedingly melancholy, self-pitying and self-victimizing. Luckily, he is surrounded by tolerant Nineness. Twelve Angry Men is a remake of a American movie that was itself a remake of a television play. Nearly all of the action takes place in one room as a jury deliberates the fate of a young man on trail for murder. At first the jury members sound convinced of the young man's guilt, but one man begins to raise doubts and a long argument ensues.
Both the original and the remake are in video stores. The first is tightly written and well-acted but corny. The latter uses virtually the same script with a few dubious attempts at updating. Cobb in the original and George C. You might have to wait years for them to nosedive, but they will. These are people who have lousy life skills. The older they get, the less they sparkle. It becomes harder to operate on pure entitlement.
And it just catches up with them -- the debt, the lack of investment in relationships, the booze. Whatever it is, chances are they aren't going to wise up, get healthy and face it.
They'll use their same old crappy manipulations -- with crappy results. Only you won't be around to pin it on. Their soulmate schmoopie gets that honor. As Frank Sinatra said "The best revenge is massive success. You'll enjoy that in its own right, but I promise you, it will get back to the cheater. It will eat at their guts.
I know you should practice rule one -- indifference -- but sometimes indulge in the glory that your life is sweeter without them. Real Life. Real News. Real Voices. Help us tell more of the stories that matter from voices that too often remain unheard. News Politics Entertainment Communities. HuffPost Personal Videos Horoscopes. Part of HuffPost News.
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