Nothing New Dept.
Another favorite book of mine is coming to the big screen! Ursula Le Guin's Tales from Earthsea mostly comes from The Farthest Shore, but will include material from the other two books, as well. I love that poster -- alas it doesn't make a good PC wallpaper. The director, Goro Miyazaki, is the son of Hayao Miyazaki, whose Spirited Away knocked me over about a year ago. More than LotR or the Narnia stories, Le Guin's Earthsea books stand as my favorite fantasy books. I don't often admit it because they are written for kids, or because they are short, or because so many people have never heard of them. I found them powerful and evocative; the importance of being close to nature speaks to my own values.
Now, why did I begin with "another favorite"? Well, I loved the Narnia books through about high school, when I started to understand that some of those weird bits were Religion, and decided I didn't need all that. Still, I revisited them every couple of years: comfort reading, I call it. The L,W,W movie disappointed me because it wasn't what I've been picturing since, oh, 1975. On the other hand, because I walked in knowing that it would not look like I had always pictured, the H2H2 movie did not let me down; nearly all of DNA's books are My Favorite.
Capital City weather: 30s, mixed precipitation
On the Muzak at Ukrop's: "Get Down n Boogie"
From Plan 9: Buckaroo Bonzai on DVD, to replace the VHS tape; Nanci Griffith's "One Fair Summer Evening" on CD, to replace my original cassette
Oh, wait, I know what's new: a great Sunday visit from CNB -- thanks for the lovely Xmas presents! Gee, that's one shiny ring that you've got.