Daily bookish and filmish picks.
This book about convicts and the death penalty is one that challenged the way I thought about both. It’s based on a true story in 1976 and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1980. I read this 15 or so years ago and I still remember the way it made me feel. If you can commit to over 1,000 pages, it’s worth it! I’d say 3 might be a little young to appreciate it but Gage wanted to take a look over breakfast anyway.
Ever After, 1998
I’ve seen this movie more times than I’m willing to admit. This is a romantic retelling of the fairytale Cinderella as the great great great-granddaughter of the real Cinderella wants to set the record straight. Drew was luminous as Danielle/Cinderella. And Angelica Huston as the stepmother? Perfection. This is a Cinderella story that I think has a great message for girls. Hint-Cinderella doesn’t wait to be rescued, she takes care of that herself.
In college, I took a class on transcendental authors during a particularly difficult time, it was the quarter that my grandfather was sick and passed away. I was forced to read and keep a journal and these writers (Emerson, Thoreau) really comforted me somehow. I’m sure some of my world view comes directly from reading them. I haven’t taken the time to read them in awhile and I need to remedy that. Here’s a quote that I need to keep handy as I reach my limit of the new 3-year-old tantrums I’ve been living with.
“Men are what their mothers made them.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you want to try Emerson or think that you should, read Self-Reliance, start here.
He’s been in some very good movies – Dead Poets Society, Reality Bites, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead. I find him likeable and enjoy his performances. I did think it was in poor form to knock up the nanny though. Was he trying to become a cliché?