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Reading. Finished Becoming, Michelle Obama's memoir. Observations: Oh Boy Barack Obama And I Have Similar Feelings About Representational Democracy, gosh but they're adorable, gosh but it would be nice if she'd had more space for herself, gosh but but the entire thing manages to be engaging and intimate and still, very much, keep defences up. (Actually, there's a thing: it's a really compelling example, actually, of writing about motherhood and challenges thereof without smearing one's children's feelings Everywhere.)

Just started: Happiness, Aminatta Forna, having finally got around to going through 46 books by women of color to read in 2018 and 48 books by women and non-binary authors of color to read in 2019 and (i) checked which of them I can just borrow as ebooks via my library, and (ii) entered the rest into my big spreadsheet of recs to follow up.

Film. The Favourite, in the cinema with [personal profile] sebastienne and [personal profile] me_and, where I very much enjoyed the horses; A very much enjoyed the Surprise Rabbits; there were A Lot of Morally Ambiguous Queers; I correctly went ??? at the costuming (and proceeded to read a bunch about costume design subsequently); and I also went ??? (apparently not incorrectly, probably) at anachronistic wheelchairs. Worst irritation: Entertainment Weekly quoting the author-historian on how Obviously Anne Wouldn't Have Had Any Libido Anyway Given Her Infirmities. (REALLY. IS THIS AN ARGUMENT YOU'D MAKE ABOUT HENRY VIII.)

Also, the 2009 RDJ Sherlock Holmes, which A picked up in a charity shop having enjoyed it when it first came out; I found the many brown-haired white men difficult to distinguish (not having been helped by having used a lot of my Attempting To Keep Indistinguishable White Men Distinct up on The Favourite, earlier in the day) and didn't get a good sense of any of them as characters rather than caricatures. I think.

TV. A was startled and dismayed, at 3x09, to discover that, as it always has been, Orphan Black is ten-episode seasons. I... am amused. (And also very much enjoying their tiny faces.)

Music. Actually listened to most of the third Kings of Convenience album, and... I very much enjoyed the first two! They were gentle and soothing and occasionally clever, lyrically, and the accompanying gentle misogyny I was mostly happy to overlook. But the third album is... very much More Of The Same, with less of lyrical interest that I spotted and even with less musical range.

On the other hand, while I'm still facepalming over Frank Turner's Discovery Of Toxic Masculinity (only he hasn't actually, quite, I think, joined all the toxic masculinity dots, yet), I'm also genuinely enjoying the bits of Be More Kind I've listened to so far.

Food. This week we mostly ate leftovers from a Sunday roast & a great big vat of stew I put some of the extra veg in; also, th-r-ee loaves of sourdough? It increasingly looks like actual fancy bread, which is exciting; I'm making a 500g-of-flour loaf approximately every other day, with a break at weekends when we go to the market and get someone else's fancy potato and soda bread. It is entirely possible that I will end up experimenting with those as well once we're home. (We have also had some slightly involved conversations about shifting relative prestige of peasant breads versus supermarket white sliced, to my amusement.)

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Date: 2019-01-21 06:20 pm (UTC)
judiff: bunny tcon that ruis made (Default)
From: [personal profile] judiff
We saw The Favourite with our Parents last weekend. It's not like really family viewing! (It was Dad's idea cos he likes History dramas and he thought Mum would like the Focks...).
I'd like heard there would be Bunnys and there was some violence-to-Bunnys and we were like worried that would be upsetting. But like i think the Bunnys won in the end so that was OKish and there was just the mega-embrassingness of like watching the sex-scenes sat next to our Parents

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Date: 2019-01-22 12:37 am (UTC)
judiff: bunny tcon that ruis made (Default)
From: [personal profile] judiff
Like fortunately dementia meant that Mum pretty much forgot about each sex scene afterwards till the next one happened and she was mostly concentrating on trying to get more of my Popcorn

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Date: 2019-01-25 11:19 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] khalinche
I had The Favourite recommended to me by my mum! Luckily I did not actually go see it along with her, but we agreed that it was very good.

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Date: 2019-01-21 06:51 pm (UTC)
jesse_the_k: Black dog sits on grass staring up at squirrel out of frame (BELLA expectant)
From: [personal profile] jesse_the_k
...which you can feel free to ignore.







is it any easier telling the clones apart in Orphan Black than the Holmes/Watson/Etc in Sherlock Holmes?

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Date: 2019-01-21 07:43 pm (UTC)
jesse_the_k: Helena blissfully stuffs her face (Helena (OB) eats)
From: [personal profile] jesse_the_k
Delightful to know that Tatiania's genius isn't dimmed by prosopagnosia.

(I kinda assumed.)

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