Yes, believe it or not, life in the Paisley household has been insane the past week. Maybe it started with last weekend's marathon push to get the house ready to put on the market (which, by the way, appears to be going insane in a good way for us right now).
Somewhere along the way I did manage to get in some leisure time. I managed to watch the 2003 movie Thirteen, while also finishing The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things and also Saving Francesca. Now, you might ask what a fifty year old guy is doing with all this. To be honest, even at age fifty, there are things about women that guys simply don't understand. Nor may we ever want to (check out Adam's Vagina Monologues post, for example) because, well, who wants to go there? But then, for whatever reason, I seem to have formed an informal reading club with several of my female youth group members.
For the record, Thirteen is a disturbing movie, but not necessarily because it depicts all those scary things parents worry their thirteen year olds may be getting up to. Well, not unless your thirteen year old is headed directly for crack-whore as an occupation, anyway. It's one of those movies that critics earnestly proclaim as "meaningful" and "essential", while ignoring the way life really works most of the time. Just because it is "sort of" based on the writings of the once upon a time thirteen year old co-star doesn't exactly make it a documentary.
The two books are pretty much excellent. While The Earth... could easily fall into the after-school special "fat girl sees the light and loves herself despite her physical appearance" trap, it doesn't. The book explores not fitting in in a lot more complexity than that. It manages to combine its serious topic with the occasional hilarious foray into Louise Rennison territory (Georgia Nicholson series). Highly recommended. And Saving Francesca is even better. With Rennison depicting female teenage life in England, and Mackler, McCafferty et al depicting it in the US, it's nice to see an Australian slant on teen life (with Italian heritage, no less). Merlina Marchetta apparently doesn't write very quickly, going ten years between (award winning but out of print) book 1 and book 2, but hopefully she'll give up real life in favor of turning out novels more frequently.
So yeah, that's the Dave week in review...
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