Self just can’t get over having to type year “2014.” It feels momentous because of Philip Seymour-Hoffman.
By sheer coincidence, the story self has been reading in The New Yorker of 20 January 2014, by Akhil Sharma, begins this way:
As far back as I can remember, my parents have bothered each other. In India, we lived in two concrete rooms on the roof of a house. The bathroom stood separate from the living quarters. The sink was attached to one of the exterior walls. Each night, my father would stand before the sink, the sky above him full of stars, and brush his teeth until his gums bled. Then he would spit the blood into the sink and turn to my mother and say, “Death, Shuba, death.”
“Yes, yes, beat drums,” my mother said once. “Tell the newspapers, too. Make sure everyone knows this thing you have discovered.” Like many people of her generation, those born before Independence, my mother viewed gloom as unpatriotic.
The title of the story is “A Mistake.”
Self fervently wishes that 2014 will turn out to be a good year. She did finally do some things she’d been wanting to do for months: she decided to visit Sole Fruit of Her Loins this coming weekend, and she signed up for yoga classes (which have been extremely fun).
And while yesterday turned out to be a terrible day for Peyton Manning, it was good for California because it rained steadily (at last! Though we’ll need lots more to get through the drought). Self and The Man caught the Oscar-Nominated Short Films (Animation) at the Aquarius, and afterwards had coffee around the corner at La Boulange.
Of the short animation films, self’s favorite was Feral, directed by Daniel Sousa. The Man said it was “too dark,” but self liked that it was. The one she found the most corny was Room on the Broom, an entry from the UK which featured some very heavy hitters doing voice work: Gillian Anderson, Sally Hawkins, and Simon Pegg.
Which brings us back to Philip Seymour-Hoffman. Self found out while perusing the web, late last night, and it was terrible.
Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.