|In between the dada$tringed lines + behind the scenes of Mess + the oily film on the Potomac river||
1/2/2021> Relatively nice day so went for a walk (10+ miles) down to the Anacostia river + then back along the Potomac, both looking rather stagnant + polluted. Exchanged a dozen or so books along the way (scored an Infinite Jest). Today we weigh 167. Ate quiche (w/ carrots, turnips, green chili, mustard greens, etc.) + a farro/lentil soup w/ golden beets (which we hate, but not so bad in soup), kale, carrots, etc. washed down w/ kombucha. Watched Holiday (1938) + In Between the Lines (1977)... as mentioned in the last post, we'll try to log impressions of movies going forward in our movie log. Read Mess and Mess and by Douglas Kearney, a messy hodge-podge of some interesting (tho rather self-centric) writings + experimentations, but not sure it qualifies as a book object.
1/3/2021> Rainy Sunday. Read What It Feels Like to Cry with Your Brain by Mark Baumer, a book "about the snowman who ate his famous uncle" featuring Denzel Washington, another 1 of the 50 absurd books Baumer wrote in 2012. Some other books we've started to read lately + abandoned:
Weighed 168 (tho after eating big lunch). We've been intermittent fasting for about a month now, where we don't eat for the 16 hours between ~8 pm–12 pm, which ain't too hard to do cuz was basically what we already did most days. But when u don't drink your caloric intake definitely stops at 8 pm (if not 7 or even earlier some days). We rewatched The African Queen (1951), especially classic when u consider the time + conditions it was filmed in, they actually went to the Belgian Congo + Uganda for a lot of the scenes, living in primitive conditions + the whole crew got sick except Huston + Bogart cuz they drank nothing but whiskey... "if anything bit us, it'd die," said Bogart (Amazon provides cool commentary if u roll the mouse over). Bogart obviously has a certain natural charm (despite him not exactly being handsome) that has always reminded us of our grandfather. Hepburn's natural demeanor annoys us but it's perfect for this part cuz she's meant to be annoying. On the set she complained about Bogart + Huston's drinking + in defiance drank nothing but water + got dysentery.... makes the scene where she dumps out Bogart's gin all the more meaningful. Lauren Bacall went along for the ride to accompany Bogart + acted as den mother, cooking + making camp.
The behind the scenes
stuff is what intrests us more (see also our Conquest of the Useless post on the making of Apocalypse Now + Herzog's diary on the making of Fitzcarraldo... not sure the movie would of made our desert island list had we not the read his diary (or seen Burden of Dreams, the movie about the making of Fitzcarraldo)). Or how reading Jean Cocteau's Beauty and the Beast: Diary of a Film makes watching Beauty and the Beast (1946) all the more meaningful + in large part spurred us to write Marsupial (which is about the making of a fictitious movie), in which we quote Cocteau: "[The film] had killed me. It now rejected me and lived its own life. The only thing I could see in it were the memories attached to every foot of it and the suffering it had caused me."
|# 837 <(current)> 839> SVSS AM shift "to PDX 2 weeks then WTF, then quit"(from flight logs of our father)|