Saw Beasts of the Southern Wild at the cinema. Movie about a young girl called Hushpuppy living with her father in a fragile settlement called Bathtup in the Southern US, outside the protection of the levees.
Does a great job of depicting the world from Hushpuppy's point of view. That includes some fantasy elements, in particular the aurochs, wild beasts that she imagines to be huge shaggy versions of the potbellied pigs they keep, which seem to symbolize the fears and threats that face her.
Good performances from the cast of unknowns, a fascinating setting, and some tearjerking moments. Good film, well worth seeing.
What I'm Reading
Finished the biographical comic Are You My Mother by Alison Bechdel, the lesbian comics writer/artist known for the "Bechdel Test". Mostly about the author's relationship with her mother, interspersed with some dreams some theory from psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott, and a bit of Virgina Woolf.
Seemed well-drawn, with some nice character studies and the dream sequences giving a bit of variety from the endless people-in-rooms-talking. I found the psychoanalysis felt a bit claustrophobic, with every coincidence and accicent interpreted as a message from the subconscious, a bit like Woody Allen would be if he didn't have a sense of humour about it.
Overall, interesting if you're OK with microanalysing ordinary relationships; would be deeply dull if you're not.
I hope I'm wrong, but I'm predicting Romney to beat Obama by 1% in the vote share. (And yes, win the electoral college).
Endorsement: Barack Obama. Yes, he's been a pretty crap president, but I think Romney is likely to be worse.
Politics. Excellent EU speech by Nick Clegg (Not normally a fan but glad he wrote this as I was thinking of writing something similar on the unrealism of the pick-and-choose fantasy.) Direct democracy in Michigan. Abortion is a product of poverty and maternal distress Labour shouldn't return to Blairism. Camerons war on gangs backfired.
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