Sunday, December 16, 2007

Yearend

The year is coming to an end - what a busy one it's been for us. The trip to Sicily and Rome, the kitchen/house remodel - rarely have we ever had a year where we made so many decisions and spent so much money! And this weekend we celebrate 25 years of coupledom. We joke that despite the remodel, we are still together. I think we collaborated pretty well, although it's the little things that get tiresome, like today at Home Despot, when we couldn't seem to agree on a single pull for a closet door. But in the end, we did find one that worked.

Last night we saw the film "Atonement", that seems to already be on many short lists for best movie of the year. It was exceptional. I really would like to read the book now, and see how they managed to capture the story. I'm reading a book called "A History of Love", and often find myself thinking about whether or not one could make it into a movie. The characters are so compelling, but the story happens in memory, not in action. I think it must be hard to make a movie where at first glance, you'd think it'd have to be all voice-over. That's why they do "flashbacks". There is one particular scene in "Atonement" that was so visually astonishing and terrible and wonderful all at once: the scene on the beach. I can't get it out of my head.

The word "Atonement" makes me think of e.e. cummings and his poem about loneliness. It goes something like this:

a
leaf

f
a
l
l
s

l
one
l
iness

I love how the number 1 is all over the place in that poem, and how loneliness is all about I-ness, One-ness. At-one-ment is a similar word.

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