“We only did probably two, three takes on every scene we did, at the most.” Kim Novak
Like a great director, Plinky.com offers us lots of awesome blog topics to write about and share. For this post, I chose three questions/topics to share with you: Can you list three things you’ll never understand? What’s the most interesting biography or memoir you’ve read? Have you ever written your own music or song lyrics? I’ve created short vignettes on each question and I hope you enjoy the tongue-in-cheek humor in parts of it as well as the important information shared. Learn to relax and play. Life is short. Thank you!
Question: List three things you’ll never understand.
♥Why some stylists take it upon themselves to tell others what they can/can’t wear at a certain age… ditto music. Pass that mini leather skirt would ya!
♥ Why we sometimes deliberately do things that are zany. The temporary memory blank I can understand, but the others are so true and so spot on ridiculous.
♥ Why our family cat sometimes acts as if there is a ghost in the room… or, at least, another presence that I can’t see but that spooks me out anyway.
♥ZANY: Lo and behold, WP has changed the comments notification system. Now when we leave a comment, before we hit submit, we must un-check the box below that says: Notify me of follow-up comments via email. If we forget, which I keep doing because we didn’t have to un-check that silly box in the past, there is a solution. We simply click on/go to Manage subscriptions found on every post that arrives in our mailbox, select Comments, check all the comments we wish to unfollow, click the small dialog box (Bulk Actions), select unfollow, then click apply and it deletes all of them. Bingo! It is a bit of a hassle and until we get used to the idea, many of us will have to use the above approach. I figured everyone was hip to this already or I would have posted about it. Cheers!
“…You have two or three takes to get your part right, and if you have a problem well by the time you figure it out everyone’s moved on to the next scene. It’s good training, keeps you on your toes.” John Heard (on the benefits of acting on television)
Question: What’s the most interesting biography or memoir you’ve read?
I’ve read far too many to list but a few that stand out are:
Esmeralda Santiago‘s memorable memoir in three parts, When I was Puerto Rican: A Memoir, Almost a Woman, and The Turkish Lover: A Memoir, kept me laughing and wanting more. She has a strong, lyrical voice and her unvarnished stories will make you both cringe and applaud her courage.
Buchi Emecheta‘s memoir; a haunting trilogy namely Second Class Citizen, In the Ditch, and Head Above Water, would make you laugh, cry, and rail against those who thrive on abusing others. She shares how she survived the scars of domestic violence by channeling her energy into writing and eventually confronting her abuser.
Teju Cole’s Open City, a fictional piece on a Nigerian doctor in NYC and his personal struggles, while not officially a biography or memoir, could easily be the autobiography of any dislocated immigrant trying to make sense of his/her surroundings in a new world.
Haruki Murakami‘s What I Talk About When I Talk About Running is a meditation on Murakami’s journey as a writer and the impact running has had on that journey. It is a brilliant quick read, and one of my daughters, who is into all things Japanese, shared her copy with me and I enjoyed every word; the ups and downs of an observant life well lived. Runner’s World has a great interview with him. Read it. More below!