The Sunday Salon ~ February 22, 2009

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tssbadge4I don’t know how hopeful I am about the reading that I am intending to do today or this week.  Most of the month of January and February I spent my free time in the evening and on the weekends searching for an apartment, and now I can no longer put off the fact that it is time for me to pack, move and then unpack.  Good thing I had quite a bit of time off coming my way, and can now proceed at a somewhat leisurely pace (at least more leisurely than if I were working through the day as well).  I can’t imagine doing all of this and having to work too.

Yesterday I avoided my packing duties by spending the entire day at a Best Picture Showcase at the movies.  I managed to almost make it through all five movies in one day, sort of.  The first movie starting yesterday at 10:30 a.m. was Milk, and continued with The Reader, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Slumdog Millionaire and Frost/Nixon.  I probably saw about 20 minutes of Frost/Nixon.  It was the last movie played at 9:45 last night and I was just too tired after all of that sitting in the dark.  I slept for most of that one and left the theater at midnight.  All of the movies were  good and very different movies. It was a relief to see that Slumdog Millionaire had a little more action in it after sitting through three of the earlier movies, which were quieter.

I started reading American Rust, by debut author Philipp Meyer and I am happily past the midway point and thoroughly enjoying this book.  It’s the story of a murder that happens in a small and dying manufacturing community, told from multiple points of view. With each section I get thoroughly engrossed and always want to know more at the end of the chapter and can’t wait to get back with the character to see what is going to happen next, and then I get to the next character and it starts all over again.  So it’s constant cliffhangers.  A lot of interesting issues are being explored and I love to see the characters in their struggle to figure if things are predestined and set on a certain path since birth, or if it was really possible for them to have taken certain opportunities and had more of an effect on the outcomes of their lives. Because of the relationships that certain characters have to each other I am also expecting that they will make certain decisions about those situations and I am on pins and needle to see what ends up happening.

I would like to read something else but not sure how that will work out with the move.  So the main goal will be to finish reading American Rust and posting a review or two that I never got around to posting.

What are your reading plans for the week?

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9 Comments

  1. Wow, I can’t believe you were able to sit thru all those movies!! I’m impressed. I really want to see Slumdog and The Reader. Hope you get some good reading in this week. Good Luck witht the move!

  2. I would love to spend the day at the movies.This week I’m reading Language for a New Century which is a collection of poetry. Have a good week and good luck with the moving.

  3. That’s an intense day of movies!! lol I think the most movies I’ve ever seen in a row in the theater was three-usually after a double feauture I’m more than happy to leave. 🙂

  4. It’s awesome that you got to see all those fantastic movies in a row! I haven’t really seen any of the big pictures this year. I think I will eventually though.
    I really enjoyed American Rust. I’ll have a review of it up later this week, in fact! Hope you love it too.

  5. I was lured here by the absolutely fabulous blog title.
    Linus’s Blanket.
    That is good. Must add you to my blogroll.
    What are my reading plans for the week?
    To finish the last couple hundred pages of John Irving’s “Until I Find You.”