This Week at the Theatre Job
Caroline or Change continues on stage, but below, in the black box theatre, things are gearing up on set construction with the play Grand Concourse. A nun in her 30s runs a soup kitchen in the Bronx, dealing with all sorts of characters. But, when Emma, just out of high school, looks to volunteer, she’ll change everyone around her — and not necessarily for the better. The set requires a functioning kitchen. I’ll share some pictures next weekend!
This Week in TV & Film
I watched Ex Machina on Netflix. It’s an indie science fiction movie that won awards for its visual effects in 2014. A surprisingly feminist film, the ending left lots to discuss.
I tried watching The Umbrella Academy but didn’t care for any character except #3 (“The Rumor”). She had the coolest power and most interesting personal story, but the focus stays on #5, and I just don’t care. I’m especially disinterested in Elle Page’s wimpy character who (at the time I quit watching) was infatuated with a loser.
This Week in Reading: Finished Books
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood: several readers were interested in my progress on Atwood’s novel, either because they loved the show or the book. While I was bored in the middle only because I saw the show and it was so similar to the book, I did enjoy the ending, which gave more of Grace’s perspective than the Netflix series.
Magic’s Price by Mercedes Lackey: well, that’s the end of the trilogy that started it all for me in 2001. The next books in the #ReadingValdemar buddy read will all be totally new territory! I wasn’t as saddened by the ending this time and will reveal why in my review Monday.
The Family Nobody Wanted by Helen Doss: a memoir I hadn’t planned to re-read, but it came at the perfect time. My anxiety has been high, so I got a book about anxiety to help me feel more in control. The book just gave me anxiety (DNF), so I picked up Doss’s memoir to take myself through an easy read that I love. My husband and I quote this little memoir more than I care to admit. Review coming next week.
This Week in Reading: Books in Progress
The only works in progress are Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith, which I’m reading aloud to my husband, and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, which I’ve decided not to finish. I started the book last night and found the writing overblown — no wonder I struggled to follow it in 9th grade. Here is an example of the writing:
He saw himself in her eyes, suspended in two shining drops of bright water, himself dark and tiny, in fine detail, the lines about his mouth, everything there, as if her eyes were two miraculous bits of violet amber that might capture and hold him intact.
Friends, if you can tell me what “violet amber” looks like, or why a person not crying has eyes like “drops of bright water” (and what is “bright water”???), you win a cookie. DNF.
Next Week in Reading:
According to my spreadsheet, I’ll start Destroying Angel, a novel with two characters who “navigate an underworld of body theft, interstellar drug trafficking, and doctors who double as dealers,” by Missy Wilkinson. I’ll start AND finish a book called This Much Country by Kristin Knight Pace, a memoir I heard about on NPR. After she got divorced, Knight Pace moved from Montana to deep Alaska to care for a guy’s sled dogs, residing in his “house” that has no electricity or running water. Lastly, I’ll start Vow of Celibacy by Erin Judge, which is one of my fat fiction novels.