— Still making my way thru War and Peace, a couple chapters a day. Still only on page 540 … but it’s riveting. It’s not a boring read and even the long sections about the freemasons end up adding to the general picture of a society in some sort of spiritual crisis. I am loving it. Patience, Sheila, patience.

— I was in the elevator with Philip Seymour Hoffman yesterday. He looked terrific, in a suit and tie, and was bitching to his friend about Internet Explorer. I am not even kidding.

— Great business dinner the other night, with plans and priorities set. Words of wisdom that I have been thinking a lot about: “Don’t prioritize your schedule. Schedule your priorities.” I have really been chewing on that … it means more to me the more I think about it. I am trying to make that shift in my thinking. What are my priorities – which are separate from my To Do List? My long-term priorities? I need to schedule them.

— Watched Some Came Running the other night for the 500th time and was struck yet again (SPOILERS FOLLOWING) by the grace, humor and decadence (and inherent decency as well) of Dean Martin’s performance, of how much I related to the schoolteacher – she is me – and also how Shirley Maclaine’s performance may be a bit too BUSY for my taste – but in the end, it doesn’t matter. Her death packs an enormous punch, and her death scene too is one that should be studied by actors as “how to do it”. I think a lot of that comes from her life as a dancer, and her control of her body, but the way she flings herself into space, catapulting onto the prone Frank Sinatra … heart-breaking. Beautifully done. Vincente Minnelli said he wanted the movie to look like “the inside of a jukebox” and, as always with his films, the production design is exquisite.

— My computer literally made me cry today. I burst into tears at the bugginess, the frozen screens, the slowness (DAMN YOU MOBILE ME), the mishaps, the sludgy response time … I was amazed at how quickly I was undone. I went outside and stood on the sidewalk weeping. Retarded. Of course I wasn’t crying about the computer – it was about everything else … and actually, in retrospect, it was a nice release. Much needed.

— I miss my family.

— I can’t get enough of the Mamma Mia soundtrack, especially Meryl Streep’s nearly psychotic version of “Money Money Money”. Sheer liquid JOY. She is an Id run amok.

— Thinking about the last line from About a Boy a lot these days. “You need backup.” That’s where a lot of my tears came from today. Feeling like a lost little lamb. Like I need backup.

— I want to crawl in the sink with Hope, is basically what I’m saying.

— Watching Tarkovsky’s Andrei Rublev tonight. Perhaps a sweeping controversial saga about a 15th century Russian monk will be just the ticket.

— Is it fall yet? I hate summer.

— Thrilling news – the production of The Seagull with Kristin Scott Thomas that I moaned about not being able to see last year is coming to New York this fall for a limited run. Count me in!!

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21 Responses to Snapshots

  1. just1beth says:

    miss you. was just thinking the other day how i wish you all were here- that we were drinking wine, eating hummus, staying up all night. Actually, we could be at your place up on your roor, or at Betsy’s new place. Just want to be with all of you…. Did I tell you that I got a teeny tiny earring way up at the top of my earlobe?

  2. just1beth says:

    I suppose it technically wouldn’t be an earlobe any more. Just way up the top of my ear.

  3. red says:

    Sexy, Beth!! I can’t wait to see it!

    I’m going to be home not this weekend but the next … can we see each other, please?

    Miss you a lot. Miss all of you guys.

  4. Betsy says:

    Come to my house – one and all!!!

  5. Betsy says:

    Come to my house – one and all!!!

  6. Betsy says:

    Oh good – two times…how horrific…I mean – I meant to do that. :)

  7. red says:

    hahahaha It means you really meant it!!

    We WILL come to your house … I can’t wait to see you in your new digs!

  8. brendan says:

    i miss you too sheil!

  9. red says:

    Bren – September can’t come soon enough!! :(

  10. dougputhoff says:

    Hope looks so peaceful in that sink. It makes me want to go straight to bed.

    But last night I dreamt about the anthrax virus.

  11. Kerry says:

    Love the Hope picture. Can’t get enough of the Hope pictures.

    And you have a whole O’Malley posse as your backup. Just saying. A phone call or text or e-mail or howling wail away. Seriously.

    Love you.

  12. mitchell says:

    am i gonna see Brendan at the wedding???????????????

  13. red says:

    Oh yes you will!!

  14. just1beth says:

    YES- Let’s get together when you are up!! And Mitchell- I was so thinking of you last weekend. I was listening to a whole bunch of “Stylistics”. Tom kept saying “HEY- I know this song! And this one! And this one!” And I was all like, “Duh…cause they are GREAT!!”
    Betsy, Michele, Mere, Sheila- Let’s agree on a date in the fall when we can go down and visit Betsy. I will drive, or we can take the train…

  15. Iain says:

    — Is it fall yet? I hate summer.

    I hear you, Sheila, but wishing away summer means wishing away baseball… :-(

  16. red says:

    Iain – hahahaha I know, I know!! You’re right!

    AND there are things like swimming in the ocean and barbecues and stuff like that that I enjoy – but bah, it is still my least favorite season.

    Fall baseball is my favorite, though – especially in recent years. :)

  17. Marti says:

    Ooh. I think you just found me my Chanukkah gift from someone.

  18. Carrie says:

    Went to see Mamma Mia to get me ready for the beach – omg. It was soooo horrifically BAD it was wonderful. We had so much fun with it, singing in our seats and guffawing. The Greek chorus. Oh, just all of it. The best part of it was that the older actors seemed to get that it was completely ridiculous and no point playing it straight so they just all took the piss of themselves and went for it. That’s what made it work, imo. You can see the difference in experience I think because the younger members of the cast took it far more seriously, didn’t quite make the leap to the camp humor of having fun with something awful. The older actors had been around the block enough to relax and take the piss (in a good, everyone’s in on the joke kind of way). I couldn’t wait to see what you had to say about! This could be this generation’s Rocky Horror. I can see midnight showings of this, people dressing in character, getting up singing along and dancing. If so I want to go as one of the Greek fishwives.

    So. Much. Fun. But if you go to it expecting a straight movie I think you’ll be disappointed.

  19. PatrickW says:

    Get your butt up here so we can chill and watch some Sox.

  20. amy esss says:

    at the risk of being intrusive, may i ask how old you are sheila? and, have you had your astrological chart (natal and transit) done anytime in recent history? just wondering because it seems to me that you are definitely having some interesting ‘hits’ on your chart. many times unbidden tears are ushering something in and something out. (no pun intended i.e. spectacular sex) although they do say tears are the lubricant of the soul. Perhaps meaning that you have let go of something recently and allowing something else to take residence. Anyway, just a thought, happy to take a peek for you if you don’t have an astrologer buddy.
    an interesting bystander

  21. red says:

    Amy –

    FYI: 95% of what is happening in my life is NOT shared on my blog. I know why I’m crying. I just don’t choose to share it here on the blog. I actually don’t write all that much about myself here. It FEELS like I do, probably, because I’m personable and open in my writing – but in terms of events and what’s happening? NONE of that is on the blog. I give very little details by design.

    So no. Thanks for the offer, but I’m really not interested.

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