Archive for November, 2009

An Education, Another Willa Cather Quote
November 24, 2009

“There are only two or three human stories, but they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened.”

                                                            -Willa Cather

I think it’s so funny when charismatic narcissists who screw people around feel so hurt when they are not liked.  Everyone’s met some version of this type.  So I very much enjoyed the British film, “An Education”.  The young actress who plays the lead has been touted as Oscar material, but I don’t think so.  She was good, but not remarkable. Other actors were superb.  Peter Sarsgaard nailed the charming lizard who beguiles the young girl and her parents and Rosamund Pike brought a zen calm to the lovely ditzy blonde living an ethically dubious life. 

The plot was an age-old story of youth led astray but the actors made it unique and entertaining.


Winter Birches
November 17, 2009


I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do.

-Willa Cather in O Pioneers!

Falling Down the ‘Vogue’ Rabbithole
November 12, 2009

Recently, I went to see the documentary, “The September Issue” – which followed super-editor Anna Wintour and her team as they produced Vogue magazine’s biggest  issue of the year.  

 Before the movie, there was a trailer for Tim Burton’s visually fantastic  film,  ‘Alice in Wonderland” which will be released in March.   Seeing the familiar characters, I was reminded of my favourite bit from the book – which I have looked up to get the precise words.

“Once upon a time there were three little sisters,”  the Dormouse began in a great hurry: “And their names were Elsie, Lacie and Tilly; and they lived at the bottom of a well.”

“What did they live on?” said Alice, who always took a great interest in questions of eating and drinking.

“They lived on treacle.” said the Dormouse, after thinking a minute or two.

“They couldn’t have done that, you know,”  Alice gently remarked.  “They’d have been ill.”

“So they were,”  said the Dormouse;  “very ill”.

The documentary, “The September Issue”  is worth seeing.    It’s fascinating to watch a high-powered creative team clash and co-operate to get their vision out.   The documentary doesn’t completely succeed in showing Anna Wintour’s workaholic drive and genius (probably because it is too connected to her shadow), but the film captures the stunning creativity of the editors, designers and photographers at Vogue.  

Vogue seems the real Wonderland and Mad Tea Party, with its cast of characters creating amazing, other-worldly images on a monthly basis.