I live in the wonderful and volatile city of Joburg in South Africa. Sometimes I get the urge to write stuff down. This is where it lives.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Books and Films that 'wounded' me

I got this on email:

"I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us... We need the books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us."
Franz Kafka

And now the question: Which book(s) was your "axe"?

My two favourite books, 'The God of Small Things' by Arundhati Roy and 'The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon' by Tom Spanbauer definitely had a huge impact on me. But it was probably parts of 'The Time Traveler's Wife' by Audrey Niffenegger that "grieved me deeply" and made me cry harder than any other book I've ever read. I know this was because of how I related to it on a personal level and not everyone would have the same reaction.

I had that same deeply personal reaction to the film 'The Village' (M. Night Shyamalan). Two other films that cut deep into my heart (ironically both about gay men) were 'Beautiful Thing' and 'Brokeback Mountain'.

Of course, my favourite film 'Naked' (Mike Leigh) also needs a mention... and I have some sort of forgotten childhood trauma from a movie about an otter that I can't remember. All I know is that if I see otters I want to cry really hard!

So what are yours?

The cutest kitties!

So Winston and Shika really like their new purple blanket... and each other it seems!

Friday, August 04, 2006

How others see me...

So I got this on email the other day:

Describe me in ONE WORD...just one word! Send it to me only , then send this message to your friends and see how many strange things people say about you! Just hit reply and send me my one word ! back. Then forward this message on to your friends (including me) and see what they say about you!

I sent it out and these are the replies I got:
uber intelligent (I know that's 2 words but I like it!)
spammer (from Claire, who hates these types of mails and thinks she's funny)

I got these twice from different people so I guess I have to believe them:

A great ego-boosting exercise!