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reading and watching ... stuff ...

Like Sara Zarr's Story of a Girl, read in one fell swoop, biting my nails all the way ( that's what I do when I'm absorbed)  fine writing  from the first sentence down: "i was thirteen when Dad caught me with Tommy Webber in the back of Tommy's Buick, parked next to the old Chart House down in Montara at eleven o-clock on a Tuesday night." And then, and then, and then I read Falling Boy by Alison McGhee. I held off reading this until book two was writ as both both feature wheelchair boys. FB is a great read - moving and poetic and strange: "Enzo sat on Joseph's lap, a feather, air, a curl of girl whose anger had turned to sadness." and I now must find everything else McGhee has written. I had a sneakypete preview of Stephanie Kuehnert's I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone,  about a punk rock girl's search for her mother - and self - an epic and emotional read (blurbed by Irvine Welsh no less!).

And then, and then, and then I read  Monster Love by Carol Topolski and wish I hadn't because it's awful what happens in it ... I mean, I know she's a psychologist and can write and everything but it made me hate people. Even the 'good' people. I am now on Charles Bock's Beautiful Children ... so far crazygood...

On to fil-ums and such. We have pretty much given up on television now. I tried to watch Dirty Sexy Money and that Cashmere Mafia but blah and blah. Then some Dexter - promising - and Veronica Mars Series Three which I practically had on a drip... I love V. Mars. Last night watched three quarters of Tempest - Molly Ringwald's first screen appearance! It's flatulent but I still kind of like it and may watch the final quarter tonight. What else? I  watched The Bridge, a short by Jo Kennedy after watching Tender Hooks, starring Jo Kennedy, which made me get all excited about late 80s Aussie films about marginal characters and how once upon a time you could have a cool soundtrack without it being "cool". Tender Hooks had Comin' On Down by the Twilights somewhere in there - just gorgeous. 

And after all that it's hot. We have three weeks left of Melbourne.My bottom-drawer-bun-money script is nearly finished. Another ugly baby!

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