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talked with my best male friend on the phone for almost an hour. he still won't be able to come over to stay for the weekend or even one whole day. i understand it all too well myself. we are all much too busy, heading for the inevitable burnout sooner or later..

i hate to live my life according to a schedule - mine or somebody else's - planning everything up to the smallest detail. trying to meet up with friends almost seems like making a doctor's appointment..

i'm sorry, tam is not in today, but she can see you the day after tomorrow. 5:30pm, is that convenient for you?

we talked about [..]
[skipped some personal things here, that you don't need or even want to know..]

& so after i had my self esteem thoroughly inflated we talked about haruki murakami. how we both like his work so very much, but also the fact that we can never be sure how accurately his books are translated into english. it is known that some texts have been cut. not to mention his work in other languages, sometimes translated from those already abridged english versions. why doesn't mr murakami care more about what happens to his writings? especially if it's true that he himself speaks english rather fluently..

also.. h. tells me i should see a film called secretary. i'm intrigued..
& i don't even have to get the dvd. it's on a cable channel here on monday january 30th.


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Jan. 26th, 2006 06:08 am (UTC)
I've been to Sundance several times, and I've never seen a crowd ooh and ahh and discuss (in a slightly titillated fashion) a movie as much as they did that one. I don't know you, but I still second the recommendation. Such a fun flick.
Jan. 26th, 2006 08:20 am (UTC)
Secretary was a strange movie.. it tried very hard to be "bizarre" and "edgy", but I just found it quite boring?

It got a lot of praise, and I liked the acting well enough, but other than that.. nothing special in my opinion.
Jan. 26th, 2006 08:21 am (UTC)
Te druk om vrienden te bezoeken of bezoek te ontvangen... dat zuigt natuurlijk :/

Werken om te leven <> Leven om te werken .. emmz

Secretary is zeker een aanrader denk ik ja !
Er zijn mensen die het een verschrikkelijke film vinden maar ja die heb je altijd wel.
Ik ken je niet zooo goed maar heb het idee dat het wel in goede aarde zal vallen ;)

Jan. 26th, 2006 03:23 pm (UTC)
i saw secretary once with an ex-girlfriend. i myself thought it was terribly overrated. all i watch on tv are the sundance channel and IFC, and so im usually a huge fan of all things indie, but secretary just seemed a little forced/contrived. its not to say that its a bad movie, just that it isnt necessarily what i hoped it would be. the acting was pretty solid, and although i'll admit im not a huge fan of gyllenhaal, spader was really fantastic.

the whole dominant/submissive dynamic was captured really well between the two of them, and towards the end of the film, there is a realization that the both of them should remain in a relationship only because it is highly unlikely they will ever find someone to fill each other's needs so well. but overall, it feels a little clumsy, which can also be kind of beautiful in a way.

if i had to make a personal reccomendation, i'd really try to rent/watch "me and you and everyone we know". its a movie that deals with relationships in a way most like the way murakami does, whom im an enormous fan of.

anyways, since im probably making this comment way too long, id like to leave you with my own personal favorite murakami short-story, "On seeing the 100% perfect girl one beautiful April morning".

if you like the story, pleaaaaase try to watch "me and you and everyone we know". i think you would really enjoy it.
Jan. 27th, 2006 01:08 am (UTC)
I keep hearing Secretary is very good!
Jan. 27th, 2006 01:36 am (UTC)
Nejimaki dori Kuronikuru
Murakami is also one of Madoka's favourites.
Murakami translated books from English to Japanese, of Scott Fitzgerald, Truman Capote, Raymond Carver and so on, so his English must be good.
Jan. 27th, 2006 04:20 am (UTC)
nejimaki dori kuronikuru?
Jan. 27th, 2006 05:27 am (UTC)
It is the Japanese title of the wind-up bird chronicle.
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