What's Up round here you ask? Not much. Books and movies and gin and tonics. Usual stuff. I'm going through a 'let's reread Dicken' phase. Just finishing up on Great Expectations. Before that was Dombey and Son. Before that was David Copperfield. The first half of David Copperfield is up there with the best stuff Dickens ever did. Great Expectations doesn't hold up as well as I thought it would. Dickens doesn't do well with novels that are too focused. He needs room to digress and wander. Great Expectations reminds me a bit of Tale of Two Cities; both focus intently on small handful of narratives. Their cast of characters stays small (for Dickens). I think they suffer as a result. His greatest books, to me: Bleak House, Pickwick Papers, Our Mutual Friend. All the rest tend to have at least one or two great characters--Captain Cuttle alone makes Dombey and Son worth reading--but can't maintain consistent greatness throughout.
Just saw Boyhood, which I found really excellent. My brother and one of his friends told me it was overrated. I didn't think so--I thought it was properly rated. I've been thinking of it ever since I saw it. Especially the last half, as Mason hits high school--a moving and often profound work, I thought.
Anything else? I read a bunch of other stuff. Ronald Firbank, Wolf Hall (fantastic), Trollope's Palliser series, some other odds and ends.
We're going to Spain and France in two weeks, so I'll try to write some entries while there.