Heartburn & Paris Etc

I never seem to read anything in sequence for book group anymore.  Wrong book for the wrong meeting, or I have to go home because I was falling asleep because I spent three hundred hours of my life filling in forms for the government to satisfy itself that I am doing my job (generally ensuring that I don't have time to do my job) or some other thing.

So here is my record.  Not even all about books.  After the wonderful America is not the Heart by Elaine Castillo, I read Nora Ephron's Heartburn, (originally published c.1983 and recently reissued by Virago Classics, for the first time.

After reading almost everything I could find about Elaine Castillo after finishing her novel, this is what stuck in my mind:
What is striking about “America Is Not the Heart” is how it’s unapologetically Filipino, peppered with expressions in Ilocano, Pangasinan, and Tagalog and nuances like wearing tsinelas, calling everyone Ate, faith healing -- with no italics, no footnotes, no glossary of terms, something Castillo is adamant about.
“I’m not writing ethnography. There’s plenty of books on middle class white life in Brooklyn – I don’t know what that’s like – and they don’t provide glossaries for me. I don’t really see why I should provide glossaries, and in doing so otherize my stake in American reality, which should be taken as such,” Castillo emphasizes.  (source: ABS-CBN News)
Heartburn is set in precisely the world of privilege Castillo references, which was offputting.  It's a funny and well-written story of a marriage breakup, based on the author's own experiences.  I didn't finish it with lingering thoughts.
Paris Etc. is my new love.  I've just finished the 12 episode season on Lightbox and I hope they make another one.  If you usually start watching Lightbox in front of short people, or at work, or on the train, I shall warn you now that every episode starts with a sex scene.  I started watching idly and then I was more and more interested.  None of the five women are heroes.  Each episode goes deeper into the complexities of their motivations and challenges and responses and I liked how they were not always likeable.  The cinematography is gorgeous.  Lots of views looking down on Paris streets echoing how we were looking down into the lives of the five protagonists, and parallel shots of each of the separate women echoing each other unknowingly.
So now I *need* a new series to binge-watch to celebrate my temporary release from bureaucratic bondage, and to go to the library, cos' I spent my book buying budget all up.  In the meantime, I have a choice between the latest NZ Gardener magazine (because I lacked budgetary constraint at the supermarket today) or an article on how we are killing ourselves being sedentary and fat from yesterday's Press newspaper.  I think the latter can light the fire instead.
Anyways, I've been going to yoga almost every week for six months.  This is a lifetime record of commitment to exercise for me.  
I have started a new sewing project.  It's black and unsuited to pub crawls.  But as I gave up pub crawls some time last century and then I became a mother and torturer of young people, that is not relevant.
If Marianne Faithfull was writing 'The Ballad of Lucy Jordan' now, do you think Lucy would still be 37?  Personally, I think she would be 46.  Lucy had her kids younger (I have decided).  Though now I go back to the lyrics, they are darker than I remembered.  I recall it as her dropping everything and running away.  Not committing suicide.  Though I have a talent for missing multiple layers of meaning.  Don't ask me how I earn money.  Filling in forms does not require an understanding of multiple layers of meaning.

Comments

mahnoor said…
Thanks for Sharing such an amazing article. Keep working. Here is a detailed article on Earn money on fiverr . Thankyou.
Unknown said…
Norton.com/setup,If you have recently purchased a Norton Com Setup Product from an online store or a retail store.

Users can activate Roku from the official URL roku.com/link

WWW Office.com/setup. You will get a complete Office Com Setup guide. You just need to follow our complete guideline regarding Office.com/setup.
In case, you are stuck somewhere in magicJack Problem then you can take help from its experts by making a call to the magicJack customer support number. Experts will guide you.
magicJack customer support number
error 23 magicjack
activation said…

Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I’ve really enjoyed browsing your blog posts In any case I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again very soon good suggestions about blogging thanks a lot you give nice information
amazon.com/mytv
amazon.com/mytv
primevideo.com/mytv
www.amazon.com/mytv
amazon.com/mytv
activation said…

Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I’ve really enjoyed browsing your blog posts In any case I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again very soon good suggestions about blogging thanks a lot you give nice information
amazon.com/mytv
primevideo.com/mytv
amazon.com/mytv login
amazon.com/mytv
amazon.com mytv
Get solution to activate Roku streaming device using Roku Com Link code ?
we real estate company dubai, provides you the facilities of selling your property in a good rate. one of the top real estate agency dubai.
Roku activation link code will appear on the tv screen to activate the device. You can activate Roku with a very easy process. Visit Roku Com Link and place the Roku link code. Get in touch with us.
Anonymous said…
To activate your playstation account visit playstation.com/account and follow the activation process.
playstation.com/account

To reset your playstation password visit playstation.com/resetpassword and follow the process.
playstation.com/changepassword

To activate your wellsfargo card visit wellsfargo.com/activatecard and follow the activation process. You can also make a call on our number to confirm your card.
wellsfargo.com/activatecard
Anonymous said…
To activate your American express card visit americanexpress.com/confirm card and follow the activation process. You can also make a call on our number to confirm your card.
americanexpress.com/confirmcard

To activate your American express card visit americanexpress.com/confirm card and follow the activation process. You can also make a call on our number to confirm your card.
americanexpress.com/confirmcard

To activate your American express card visit americanexpress.com/confirm card and follow the activation process. You can also make a call on our number to confirm your card.
americanexpress.com/confirmcard
Anonymous said…
To activate your American express card visit americanexpress.com/confirm card and follow the activation process. You can also make a call on our number to confirm your card.
americanexpress.com/confirmcard

To activate your American express card visit americanexpress.com/confirm card and follow the activation process. You can also make a call on our number to confirm your card.
americanexpress.com/confirmcard

To activate your disneyplus visit disneyplus.com/begin and follow the activation process.
disneyplus.com/begin

To activate your disneyplus visit disneyplus.com/begin and follow the activation process.
disneyplus.com/begin
Anonymous said…
To activate your hbomax visit hbomax.com/tvsignin and follow the activation process.
hbomax.com/tvsignin

To activate your hbomax visit hbomax.com/tvsignin and follow the activation process.
hbomax.com/tvsignin

To activate your amazon visit www.amazon.com/mytv and follow the activation process.
www.amazon.com/mytv
Anonymous said…
To activate your wellsfargo card visit wellsfargo.com/activatecard and follow the activation process. You can also make a call on our number to confirm your card.
wellsfargo.com/activatecard

To activate your hbomax visit hbomax.com/tvsignin and follow the activation process.
hbomax.com/tvsignin

Thanks for sharing this blog here.

Roku Com Link
Set up your Roku streaming devices such as tv, stick, and solve issues related to Roku Com Link code activation with help of expert Roku Professionals. dial our helpline number or you must talk to the experts through the live chat process. Get in touch with us.
Are you getting rid of the Roku activation issue? Don't get panic anymore. Get a simple troubleshooting guide to activate Roku with Roku Com Link enter code. Just grab your phone and dial the Roku helpline number or talk to our experts through the live chat process. Visit us.
Steps to enter Roku activation through Roku Com Link enter code. Sign in to your Roku account to complete the Roku activation process. Just grab your phone and talk to our experts for an instant solution. Contact us.
QuickPay Portal said…
QuickPay Portal | www.quickpayportal.com | Pay Your Medical Bill


Pay Your Medical Bill using www.quickpayportal.com and Make a quick and fast payment online using the QuickPay Portal. Just find your QuickPay Code on your billing statement and and you're ready to go



quickpayportal.com


quickpayportal.com


quickpayportal.com

To activate your Roku streaming device for free then you will need a Roku Account. There are two options to making your free Roku account through the Roku Com Link . To get those steps to contact the expert technicians anytime through the live chat process. Get in touch with us.
Unknown said…
Trade FX At Home On Your PC: samtrade login Is A Forex Trading Company. The Company States That You Can Make On Average 80 – 300 Pips Per Trade. Meta Fx Global States That It Is Simple And Easy To Get Started.

Popular posts from this blog

McCalls 7288 & altered Style Arc Barb pants

Livingstone daisies