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It's funny -- I can spot things you'll like, whether non-fiction books or tchotkes easily, but I'd likely not recommend fiction to you. I know you don't like Jane Austen, and after that, I'm stymied -- I can't figure out what someone who doesn't like Austen would like. (And since I'm only somewhat interested in/aware of SF/F fiction, I wouldn't presume to recommend anything in that genre).

I don't know about anyone else, but I REALLY want to hear about the trip, what you liked, what you didn't -- that is, if you're in the mood to take requests.

-- 22:53, 21 July 2011 (BST)


What he said! Especially Paris, although I gather NonElvis was ill during part of that. I do hope you'll regale us with your impressions, and descriptions of how the travel was, in general. All this stuff I hear about TSA makes me especially interested in the experiences of people who have actually, ya know, traveled...

I've seen a couple of movies (films, as Sean calls them) lately that I was pretty sure you'd like. But I somehow feel presumptuous recommending them. Should I?

-- 01:20, 22 July 2011 (BST)


I didn't have too many specific observations about the trip but I do have a few and I'll put them somewhere once I get the energy to do so. Meanwhile, the photos are up. My set and hers overlap nicely; she photographed some things I didn't bother with much, and vice versa. You'll probably want to log in on Flickr before you go look, because the photos with people in them are locked.

My set

Her set

Bunny: I'm always interested in film recs, even though I don't see a lot of movies these days. I usually do get around to the things I want to see eventually.

Robert: I wanted to like Jane Austen but I simply couldn't get past the language. You think it takes Dickens a long time to get anywhere ....

-- 02:58, 22 July 2011 (BST)


Okay, here goes. The first one is called Ink. Low-budget indie film. Very strange, but compelling.

The next is called Strings. Marionettes, is all I gotta say. After a while, it got slow, once you got used to the string concept. But it's fascinating to see all those puppets not getting hopelessly tangled together.

-- 06:31, 22 July 2011 (BST)


Strings is one of the most beautiful movies I ever saw. I didn't know it was out on video, or is it? I last saw it at a genre film festival in 2005.

I am lousy at book recs because I have trouble finding stuff I want to read, much less finding it for others. Movie recs I have to be careful with lest I start acting like Juliette Binoche in "Chocolat."

What I like about Austin IS the language. It's delightfully witty. But I was a senior in high school before I could find the wit inside all the words. Now, Tristram Shandy, I lost patience with (but did like the movie).

-- 21:10, 22 July 2011 (BST)


And Jesus F. Christ, I get on *everyone's* ass for misspelling Jane Austen's name and just did it. (In my defense, I just spent a couple of hours editing articles about Austin films ... nope, that's no excuse. My apologies to everyone.)

-- 21:11, 22 July 2011 (BST)


We procured Strings from Netflix. Also Ink.

-- 01:20, 23 July 2011 (BST)

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