Today feels like the calm before the storm. This weekend is Hallowe’en and Daylight Savings Time and then November, which has become the busiest month of the year for me over the past few years (more on that later). I’m thinking a lot about what’s to come, but before I dive headlong into the next month, I’d like to write a little bit about what gave me satisfaction in the last week.
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A few months ago I read Thomas Pyncheon’s Inherent Vice for Nerd Book Club. It was my first exposure to Pyncheon, and though there were some interesting turns of phrase and funny situations I was fairly underwhelmed by the whole affair. At the meeting I’d mentioned that my problem wasn’t so much with the story or the characters, but rather the way they was presented, and that I thought the movie would probably be a more satisfying affair. After watching Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2014 film version, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, and Katherine Waterston, I am happy to say that I was correct.