Sunday, May 07, 2006


Yesterday, after a delicious meal at a small Italian restaurant along Jupiter Street and a lovely haircut at Franck Provost (thanks, in no small part, to big sister Ginny, I ended up with another prospective freelance gig. It's strange how these things go: for the first few months of the year, I was pretty desperate, looking for something to tide me over, particularly since maintaining a relationship is pretty expensive. Now, with only myself to spend for, all of these jobs are simply popping all over the place. ^_^ It's quite a nice feeling - I just hope that I can manage to juggle my time. Thankfully, they're all aware that I can only allot time for them during weekends, so let's see how that works out.


Ended up plowing through Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game today, and before that, watched Elizabethtown and The Squid and The Whale - dunno why it's only now that I'm finding the time to suddenly immerse myself into these things - maybe today was the only day I didn't have to wake up at 4 in the morning just to write.

Ender's Game was quite brilliant for a science fiction novel written in the 1970s. A lot of what Card imagined back then was pretty much sci-fi staples already, but the way it was presented, and the way the characters were created were simply mind-blowing. I loved the subtle politics that ran throughout the novel, and the way each move was as precise as a game of chess. (Although, Hiyas, I fail to see the yaoi connotations in the novel - incest, perhaps, between Ender and Valentine - but yaoi?) I'd like to look for a copy of my own - the poor paperback I have right now isn't exactly mine - as well as hunt down the sequel. ^_^

As for the movies, I loved both of them - although Elizabethtown was more saccharine and feel-good than TS&TW. But both were powerful in their own right: although I loved the soundtrack of Elizabethtown (obviously, it's a Cameron Crowe film) and the way the entire narrative was presented, TS&TW had a stronger sense of human relations, of the way two people who aren't in love anymore try to deal with the situation. Plus, I like the way Noel Baumbach directed the entire thing: I suppose it was with a handheld, hence the jerky, homemade feel to the entire film, as if we were merely prying into these people's lives. ^_^

It's nice to be able to watch films where I don't have to explain what's going on, where you can just sink into the story, find the connections, and think. ^_^ Now, to find a copy of Garden State.

PS. Ayan, Ginny, pinalitan ko na. ^_^

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