Grub Street


Commuting

Posted in Uncategorized by grubstreet on January 31, 2006

It has become commonly accepted that when you ride the L train during rush hour, morning or evening, you have to hump someone from every which way.  I am disconcerted that one of the first things I do in the morning, perhaps some 15 minutes after I wake up, is feel the bodies of strangers pressed against me.  It’s a strange way to start the day.  Maybe I am not as comfortable with human contact as I should be (like the Europeans?), but I don’t get that close with my best friends!  Too many people live on that train line, and it will probably only get worse.

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“Funny Games”

Posted in Uncategorized by grubstreet on January 25, 2006

“Funny Games” is possibly the most terrifying movie ever. It’s about a wealthy family who go to their vacation house and are physically and psychologically terrorized by two sadistic young men. What I’ve read about it says that the film is a criticism of its audience — who would pay to sit through this kind of violence. The torturers make us complicit in their brutality. Well, I could only watch about half an hour of the movie before I had to stop. And the next day I was still reeling from it! Maybe I stopped because I was watching it right before I had to go to bed and I was worried about nightmares. But I don’t think I could watch it under any circumstance. Haneke might be some sort of genius. I don’t know. I saw “Cache” and really liked it. When I told my dad to see it he said after viewing the preview he was pretty sure he wouldn’t see it because “it looked like a slasher movie with French pretentions,” but I don’t think that’s true. However, I saw “Time of the Wolf” about a year ago and have practically no memory of it.

dinner

Posted in Uncategorized by grubstreet on January 23, 2006

Tonight I had pasta for dinner. Jesse says I always start eating before the cook is finished cooking. But he always secretly puts hot sauce or pepper in our food, and I don’t like my food very hot. I guess I should start cooking more.