The last few months have been craaazy round here... the repreive is going to be terribly short as I'll be back full bore (depending on the outcome of a couple of things) by mid January. I'm still futzing about on figuring out what to do about continuing on one path or another... some things will come clearer within the next week. On the upside, crawling out from under the weight of the last few weeks means a little more fun reading and even (gasp!) a movie.
We watched Little Dieter Needs to Fly, a documentary by Werner Herzog. I read a review a while ago of the subsequent fictionalized version of Dengler's escape, Rescue Dawn, which I kind of didn't find too interesting (and which I now see was sharply criticized by one of the Thai survivors of the escape for its distance from veracity), but the review mentioned the original documentary which sounded more intriguing. The documentary is pretty wacky. It skims over a lot of stuff, but does let Dengler speak on his own a fair amount... and he is an interesting character (to say the least). High point of the film: listening to Herzog's deadpan critique of the US Army preparedness films for soldiers going to Vietnam. Classic.
I also managed to finish a book I started aaaaaages ago-- The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. I started it months and months ago. But then I went to renew it and someone had put a hold on it so I returned it without finishing... But it's been nagging at me, so I got it back out from the library and finally finished it. Only to discover that it was better before I finished it. Which is to say that the ending... like the last eighty pages or so, are an eye rolling fail. To me, anyway. Of the, seriously?!?1? kind.I hate when that happens.