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sovay ([personal profile] sovay) wrote2019-02-03 01:32 am

Why are you so tangled, hiding from the day?

[personal profile] spatch took a picture of me on the platform of Sullivan Station. That is the Orange Line behind me. I think I look pretty good for a person who coughed so hard after a movie they ended up sitting on the floor. I feel like Kennedy of the Free Press.

We ate dinner at Ganko Ittetsu Ramen in Coolidge Corner—I had the gankara miso ramen again, Rob the gantetsu shoyu. I am absolutely not out of the stage of illness and/or winter where soup looks like the best food in the world to me. There was a forty-five minute wait, so we visited the basement of the Brookline Booksmith and left with copies of Tom Swift and His Electronic Retroscope (1959) and a tie-in prequel novel to Tomorrowland (2015), which cost the grand total of a buck so if it's as disappointing as its movie, I don't have to feel bad about it. The rest of the fiction I was interested in was out of my price range at present.

I am glad to have seen Stan & Ollie (2018). It is a gentle but not negligible film; it underplays, so that moments that could easily have bellyflopped into sentiment instead feel poignant, or bittersweet, or warm, and it has a good sense of cross-talk and round-robin, which it needs since the combination of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy and Lucille Hardy and Ida Laurel (Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly and Shirley Henderson and Nina Arianda) is "two double-acts for the price of one" according to the boys' British manager, although I found myself thinking of it more like a sedoretu. It is very funny in all the right places, which include the stairs at a railway station, two different front desks, and dress-circle seats at the Albert Hall. It's nice to watch a narrative ultimately about people being tender with one another. Add to the list of movies I would like to talk more about when I can think again.

We got home afterward on remarkably non-obstreperous public transit, which was nice because I was as previously described coughing my face off. And since I still am, I am going to take some drugs and go to bed.

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