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May 31, 2006

Anniversary Edition

This time tomorrow night I'll be at my grandparents house. I haven't visited them - or my hometown of Milwakuee - in ten years. The last time I was there, I convinced a friend of the family to take me to see Trainspotting; I was (in anticipation of what would later become a Goth phase) anxiously awaiting the sequel to The Crow (yeah, my taste was even more questionable then than it is now, but you won't catch me apologizing for it, or for that film's score's presence on my iPod); I was for the first time decisively, desperately shedding all those awkward pounds I still force my to keep off; and I was a month away from meeting a dear friend I've still somehow managed to stay friends with, even through those times when 'friend' hasn't been quite the right word.

So it'll be interesting, being back. Driving by the house I grew up in and tried to learn to fly in. Maybe pulling out the old VHS tapes that were my introductions to Star Wars and Stanley Kubrick. Indulging in serious nostalgia is something I never pass up the chance for.

My grandparents don't have an internet connection, which will be handy; I'm going to try to get up early each morning (something I've been doing fairly well all week) and dedicate a good portion of each day to finishing both the script I've been working on and the one I just started the day before yesterday. One for me, one for the man (and me). I'll also be doing some reading. So far on this trip, I've made it through two books I've been meaning to catch up with for a long time: Theodore Roszak's Flicker and Mark Hadden's The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time. The former is a good page turner - I'd assumptively describe it as The DaVinci Code, except with movies instead of Jesus - and I'd recommend it almost unequivocally to any cinephiles, especially those who have an airport layover in the near future. Hadden's novel is equally engaging; more than that, though, I think it's a minor masterpiece. I was expecting something more clever, and wasn't prepared for its emotionally devastating qualities. Both books are being made into movies: Darren Aronofsky's signed on for Flicker, which may turn out to be best left a book; and Steven Kloves is writing and directing The Curious Incident, which will make a great film - although I can't help but wish it had fallen into the hands of Lodge Kerrigan instead (speaking of whom - apologies to The Reeler for missing the screening of Keane at the Pioneer Theater last night; I hope it was a succcess).

Next up: more Phillip Roth, and (in the interest of light research for one of those scripts) Mary Roach's Stiff: The Curious Life Of The Human Cadaver. And three hours at the airport with a laptop and some Netflix movies I brought with me.

But anyway. I can't decide anymore whether I love or hate the way that ten years ago feels like yesterday.

Posted by David Lowery at May 31, 2006 11:02 PM


couldn't agree w/ you more about The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, it's such a wonderful little read. glad you could enjoy it while you were here :)

Posted by: brad at June 1, 2006 4:45 PM

can't wait to read the Curious Incident....
been meaning to for quite some time....

Posted by: frank at June 1, 2006 4:54 PM

hi David,
sounds like a good trip, good books, too. Curious Incident of the Dog...was one of my favorites from last year.
I can't wait to see Outlaw Son!
Have fun roadtrippin!

Posted by: stacy at June 4, 2006 9:11 PM