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Wednesday is almost over! Thank goodness, right? It’s been a hell of a tumultuous week already, and I always breathe a sigh of relief when the “hump day” comes to a close, although Wednesday is actually my easiest day of the week. It’s the premise of it I guess. This week I think some of my professors got together and decided that they would try their best to make me depressed with all the heinous reading material I’ve had to digest. First, it was Ernest Hemingway’s The Garden of Eden – which is an absolutely beautifully written work of art, but poignant down to the core. I recommend you all read it. Most books don’t actually take me across the spectrum of human emotions, but this one did. If you try and tell me reading isn’t your thing, I say you live a sheltered life, and I am sad for you. To help convince you to pick up this novel, the characters within the pages drink like fish and it’s scandalous; plus you can learn how to properly drink absinthe – or as Hemingway calls it, “wormwood-tasting truth serum”. Now isn’t that fun?
I’m with you. No matter what else you have in your head I’m with you and I love you
The next brilliant ray of sunshine was my french play, Les Justes by Albert Camus. It’s based on a true story about a group of Russian Socialist-Revolutionaries who get together and assassinate the Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich in 1905. I’m not actually up to that part yet, but what I had to read for last class was the lively debate the revolutionaries had about whether or not it was appropriate to throw a bomb at a carriage that had children in it. How pleasant.
Finally, the icing on the cake… Journey Into The Whirlwind by Eugenia Semyonovna Ginzburg. This book is the very true and very heart-wrenching (as well as blood-boiling) account of Genia’s 18-year experience traveling through the Soviet Union’s prisons and labor camps. So basically you see first hand Stalin’s reign of terror. It’s terrifying; I really don’t understand why humans do this to one another. Why can’t we all just get along???
Hokay, happy thoughts!
I can pretty much guess that everyone has heard about the recent Hunger Games epidemic that seems to be taking over the nation. They made an earth-shattering 19.7 million during the Thursday midnight premiere alone, jeezum crow. It didn’t stop there though, it became the highest grossing non-sequel weekend opener of all time, along with holding the highest non-sequel single day grosses for a film’s debut. Also, it is the highest March opening ever and holds the 5th place in highest opening days in cinematic history. Talk about making a splash huh? I actually haven’t seen the movie yet – I plan to tomorrow after class when I am not overwhelmed with work – or read the book. Shocker, I know, being the avid reader that I am. It’s on my to-do list though.
I did however get my hunger satiated (har har, punny) for this sudden craze. On Monday night, Jon Kilik, the head producer of The Hunger Games, came to UVM to talk about the movie and he held a forum where anyone could ask questions about his work or the film, etc. Jon graduated from UVM in 1978; he’s kind of a legacy here, and he loves The Green Mountain State, so he graced us with his presence after opening weekend. The talk was actually really interesting, he seems to be a pretty down to earth guy (how can you not be if you go to this school). It’s funny, he talked about how he was a political science major, with absolutely no interest in film. Then, during his junior year he took a film class because he thought it would be easy. Turns out, it was far from easy, but it planted the film seed in his head and now look at him! Producing a record breaking film, psh. Let that be a lesson to you folks, nothing is set in stone. Go out and experience everything you possibly can, you never know if your niche is out there waiting for you to find it.
Last night was the Tan Vampires concert at Higher Ground, and it was fantastical. Those guys are just as good in person as I had hoped, and I’m kind of in love with the lead singers voice. It was a small turn-out, but whatever. I enjoyed myself, it was free, and I actually managed to read about 30 pages in my book before the show started. Wins all around. Take a gander at the video I took below, and pay particular attention to the epic beards of the drummer and keyboard (and whatever else he’s playing) players. I’m not sure how long it took for them to grow those puppies, but they are bad-ass. I have another video of them with some suave dance moves by the guitarist to the right, but I’ll save that gem for another day.
Well, I should be going; I still have a bit more reading to do (it never ends!) and I have work early in the am. Goodnight, moons.