This week I found myself watching more horror movies than usual. When things start to feel hard or scary, a horror movie is a controlled way to feel afraid but have the reassurance that everything will be okay. I, of course, will survive the movie, a sort of voyeur Final Girl, if you will. Throughout the week, Nick and I watched Jaws in bits and pieces, like it was some sort of Dickensian serial, if you will. What changed for me, ingesting the movie in small pieces over three days, was my feelings about Quint. He seems a raving Ahab-type, and I hate that he needlessly endangers his three-man crew.
However, when you get that tale about him surviving the U.S.S. Indianapolis, you understand where his trauma comes from. Having time to think between each viewing really allowed Quint’s background to sink into me, and I was in near tears when he was finally eaten. I studied the U.S.S. Indianapolis briefly in high school, and the story still remains the most horrifying I’ve ever heard, fiction or non-fiction. I added a book on the subject down below, but there are a number out there, if you’re interested.
Friday was a special day, as it fell on the 13th. Horror fans everywhere delighted in sharing Jason Voorhees memes and binge watching all ten movies. On Fridays I always watch a horror movie while Nick plays poker with his friends, so I watched Friday the 13th (it almost makes too much sense). On Saturday I watched parts 2 and 3 back to back. But now I’m curious! On the horror Twitterverse, folks were saying their favorite film in the series is Jason Takes Manhattan. Truly?? I haven’t seen it, but I thought Crystal Lake was kind of Jason’s jam, so now I’m curious. Today, I’m headed to the used DVD store to see what they have for me to flesh out my collection.
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy is a classic, one I’d never heard of until Lou @ Lou Lou Reads suggested we read it together. Part investigation into mental health facilities and experimentation on patients, part time-travel to a utopian future where gender fluid people try to maintain a way of life in a war-torn world, I recommend Piercy’s book.
While no one wants to leave a bad review, the whole point of reviewing books is to steer other readers towards their interests. And I’ve read many times about how a bad book review highlights all the things some readers like, and they go and get a copy anyway! However, I was so perturbed with The House of Brides by Jane Cockram that I included spoilers, highlighting the way the novel reads like a cocktail of nonsense.
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
If your a classics nerd, you’re in for a treat next week. I took on an unwieldy copy of Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, annotated by Patricia Meyer Spacks. Together with Roshni, a former book blogger who has moved on to other things, we had a great discussion about this interesting novel, including how my interest in it arose after reading Nothing but Patience by A.M. Blair.
On Thursday, I’ll share a review of a newer book, Speak, So You Can Speak Again by Lucy Ann Hurston, niece of Zora Neale Hurston. Lucy Ann collects recordings, photos, scraps of notes and stories, holiday cards, playbills — all sorts of treasures from Hurston’s literary life — and gathers them into one book.
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
Owned Books on TBR at Beginning of Year: 242
Owned Books on TBR Today: 214