Thursday, February 02, 2006


Margaret the Powerbook is home! I had to schlep all the way to Yorkdale Mall to the only Apple store in the city to get the new powercord. But at least all my repairs were covered by my warranty, so neither the replaced keyboard nor the powercord cost me anything.

Now I have to get a LOT of writing done. Not tonight, since I open tomorrow. That means being at S'bux by 5:30am. Complain, complain...

So what have I been doing this past week without my laptop? I've been reading.

I read one really bad book, which doesn't deserve any publicity. I also read Valley of the Dolls! It was much better than I expected and a lot of fun to read. Surprisingly well-written actually. And a very interesting look at society - at least from Jacqueline Susann's point of view - from 1945 to 1961. One the one hand, thank god for feminism. On the other hand, la plus ca change...

Before "Valley of the Dolls" I read The Talented Mr.Ripley by Patricia Highsmith. I enjoyed it, but found it impossible not to picture the film. Although Minghella took liberties with the book, I think he did a great job capturing the essence of it on the screen. I want to rent some of the other Ripley movies and see how Ripley is portrayed in those. There's Purple Noon with Alain Delon and Ripley's Game with John Malkovich. And in looking for that last link, I've also discovered The American Friend directed by Wim Wenders and starring Dennis Hopper as Ripley. Highsmith certainly knows how to reap the benefits of options.

More soon, with, hopefully, an updated word count on the novel I'm supposedly writing.

1 comment:

JuliaMazal said...

Ok, I saw the comment here. Thank you for it! But I don't know where it's gone. My comments are acting funny. Blame Blogger.