September 23rd, 2011

shoulder

Context is everything.

It's hot around these parts this week, which is not all that hot in comparison with the rest of the country but hot for us & what we're used to. I dealt with the heat today by going ice skating with nemaihne, which is something that happens inside a large refrigerated warehouse with ice underneath. ICE. I had to put on a sweater. And then take it off again when I got sweaty, but it's the idea of it!

I haven't skated much since I was a kid but it seems to be coming back fairly quickly as I get some practice in. It helps that the weightlifting has turned my legs into springy muscley things, which turns out to be what you need to skate with. Yay back squats!

I saw a preview for that Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy adaptation that's out in the UK but not here yet. Nudged by that, I reread the John Le Carre book and then rewatched the 1979 adaptation with Alec Guinness as Smiley. I have this to say about that: The book was better than I remembered, and I remembered it as being good. Le Carre is so indirect about so much. He gives you all the pieces but you have to do the work of putting them together. A story of betrayal at all levels. The cost of leading a life of constant deception. It's an easy recommendation to make, of course, since the book is famous, but do give it a shot if you haven't read it before. It is the perfect antidote to James Bond-ism.

And the Guinness adaptation… faithful, dreary, grim, methodical, and utterly fascinating. I started watching it on my own and Mr Pedia grumbled, hovered, and then sat down mesmerized. We were up until 1am watching it in one gulp. It takes some courage to follow up an adaptation as good as that. It would also take some courage to essay the role of Smiley after Guinness's performance. I hear the new movie is good, however, so that's a happy thing. Well, a grim dreary Cold War thing, probably, but in this context that's good.

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