Okay, is there anything better than a Mike Leigh film? Not really. Another Year is one of my all-time favourites, with a tour de force by Leslie Manville. I never get tired of this film, and these tragic-comic characters. Especially memorable, in a brief (literally a few minutes) but unforgettable role, Imelda Staunton.
Reading for the umpteenth time, East of Eden. This one actually teaches me new things every time I read it, as I get older, though not necessarily wiser. I have loved Steinbeck since I read Grapes of Wrath during lunch in high school. East of Eden has some funny and comic moments, and contains one of the most repellent characters in literature.
This one inspired by the Goons.
With no qualification, here are some books I am enjoying right now! Elizabeth Strout, along with Mary Lawson, one of my favourite writers. What are YOU reading right now? Being the nosy parker I am, I seldom resist an urge to ask how a book is or what a person is reading. Get a LOT of great books that way!
Bongo drums are my go-to for deep thinking, to each his own, I guess. What are some of your deep thinking go-to’s? We like to go in the steam room, my wife and I – a splendid place, as well. The fog within is a nice metaphor of the inside of my brain! Get my best ideas in there which, of course, immediately fade away as we emerge into reality again.
The germ of this one was the idea of having an abrupt eye exam that would suddenly ‘out’ you. There must be imposters among us, wearing glasses unnecessarily, looking erudite and distinguished.