Sunday, December 24, 2006

Movies and Books

The Sound of Music was on last night. I know, most of you are probably sighing and rolling your eyes, but I Love! Love! Love! The Sound of Music. It is absolutely and without a doubt my favorite movie. I don't get to watch it that often because of the singing, but my fiance was out finishing up some Christmas shopping and then cooking dinner (yes, at 10:45pm), so I got to watch the last couple hours.

I find Captain Von Trapp to be incredibly alluring. He has such a presence. I wonder if his character has contributed over the years to my attraction to men in the military. That's the kind of thing that goes through my mind as I try to fall asleep at night.

On to the books portion of this post, I finally finished The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather. It was the third of her books that I've read, and for the most part, I enjoyed it even more than My Antonia and O Pioneers!. It did drag a bit near the end, but the rest of it more than made up for that.

Now I've started reading The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. It definitely falls in the "musty old British lit" category that I love so much. This one caught my interest right from the get go, and I found myself trying to read it during commercials the last couple nights. It's so nice to be able to read recreationally again (now that class is over), but I am obviously still short on time and energy since the house is sucking up both of those.


BerryBird said...

It has been so long since I've seen it that I could probably watch The Sound of Music again and enjoy it. Although you might catch an eyeroll in there somewhere.

I have never read any Henry James at all. Shameful, I know, as he's definitely one of those "should reads." Hard to tell if I'd like it, though. The musty old Brits isn't exactly my favorite genre of literature.

Anonymous said...

I haven't read much James or Cather, but I'd like to. Perhaps I'll start with one of those.

Scott Hughes
Books & Reading Forums

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

I LOVE the sound of music too, it's one of those movies I coudl watch over and over. But since we don't even have a TV in the house (except Graham's which is inaccessible to adults), I don't get to see those old favorites any more and KEith is the kind who seems to hate old favorites. Like I would like to watch Miracle on 34th street every year too.

I'm a bit of a sentimental sap.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

As far as Cather and James, I have no recollection of reading any of that (?) but my memory is imperfect for old stuff. Short story by James, maybe ???

a/k/a Nadine said...

Novella is the term you are looking for here. I have two of his novella length works, the second of which I will be saving for a later date.

As for Miracle on 34th Street, we have it on DVD but never got a chance to watch it this year. Wahn!