Saturday, July 6
i got up (yes, first at 8, briefly, to give directions which hopefully worked out okay, since rae hasn't called in distress. perhaps she's lost on the mbta because her fare fell through the cracks, or whatever) at around 2:30.
list of activities, which in writing make it seem like much more happened yesterday than it felt like when it was happening: i called some cd duping places for Dan that were all closed on the 5th. read some more simon, and picked up the Borges collected fictions (first half of which i read last summer) again, read through all of The Maker in one sitting. And cleared off some more mp3s from my computer (realized i had accidentally deleted some that i would have rather kept, but oh well.) I spent a long time reading stuff about Mulholland Dr. on the 'net, especially the pieces at salon and pitchfork (the 'fork piece is still the best i've seen - check it out if you've seen the film and are still curious.)
even days that don't exist tend to have evening activities which pull them into reality, so no day can fall away completely. we grilled up some salmon and veggie burgers quick and dashed out to see Minority Report. I enjoyed it as a vision for fifty years in the future - they almost did a good job of integrating mostly believable futuristic stuff with realistic continuation of stuff that currently exists. except it isn't really integrated; its segregated by scene almost as much as gender in Mulholland. Because I'd been thinking about that film so much, I was approaching this like another "puzzle movie." and i was working so hard piecing it all together and keeping track of the details in order to figure it out that it was annoying to have the movie explain everything so neatly at the ending (essentially as i had already concluded.) of course, in this film, predictability is kind of meta.
for the most part, i thought the ideas and themes were interesting and worth discussion, but sometimes the movie was dissatisfyingly unfaithful to them. when big themes get sacrificed for entertaining but pointless humor and action sequences. the ending is like this in that it allows a discrepancy in the "rules" that have been established (the pre-cogs' accuracy) in order to have a happy resolution for the people involved. to make sense, it seems, we have to presume that all pre-visions are accurate up until just moments before the murder, otherwise their fallibility would have been seen in the past. right? anyway - it's worth seeing. the scoring is funny, and the cast is good (tim blake nelson!)
i'll write later about the forth - barbeque, fireworks, darkness, rae's visit. and sometime i should tell you about cars and computers. but now i'm going to pick up my sister. she's at Cheers.
all's for the best and the best and we left so