Twice, or is it thrice now, I’ve posted about my big John le Carré reading/watching project. I’ve finally made good: over 1700 words, coming soon to the Flickchart blog. Stay tuned!
Here’s a post for my fellow Japanese readers. On my old phone I used a dictionary app called Kabuto. I couldn’t find that app when I upgraded to a Nexus 6P, so I used something very (suspiciously) similar called JED, with a Japanese flag icon. Unfortunately it didn’t interact well with my screen. The interface was all jittery. I’ve had that problem with at least one other important app, too.
One of my movie reviews from the Austin Film Festival was excerpted on another site. Look at the top of this page for a line attributed to Flickchart — that’s me!
More importantly, fans of England, cats, rural walks, and melancholy should check out the best blog I don’t write for, tom-cox.com. Tom is a modern-day James Harriot, or a self-aware Karl Pilkington. Late last year he quit his newspaper job and is making a go of it as a book-writer and blogger. The way he writes about mornings makes me, a hardened night owl, want to turn in at 7PM so I can experience them, too. Tom finds new things to say about cats, one of the most written-about animals on the internet or anywhere, and tracks the habits of the squirrels, badgers, sheep, and rabbits that populate his corner of southwestern England, which is quite a large corner to judge from the number of distinct 10-mile walks he’s taken across the moors and along the coasts. I donate to the site and follow all of his Twitter accounts (most of his cats have their own.) Anywhere is a good place to start, but I especially enjoyed this entry.
So I finished the Smiley vs Karla trilogy of novels by John le Carré, and I rewatched the Gary Oldman Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy movie, AND I rewatched the Alec Guinness Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy miniseries. I had originally figured on doing those things and then writing up some quick thoughts.
A while back I said I was preparing for some John le Carré rewatches. I haven’t forgotten! I read Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, then The Honourable Schoolboy, and am now in the midst of Smiley’s People. Those novels constitute the Smiley vs. Karla trilogy. In addition, I have rewatched the recent Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy film starring Gary Oldman, but I have not yet rewatched the miniseries starring Alec Guinness. Soon, however, I will be able to report back on this project!
The 1961 Deborah Kerr movie The Innocents is one of my favorite gothic, psychological horror stories. It’s better, in my opinion, than the Henry James novella The Turn of the Screw on which it is based. One of its strong points is the score, which I just learned was made on an obscure contraption called an Oramics machine. The sound it produces is similar to a theramin, I think, though I’m not known for having a particularly musical ear.
An article about the Oramics machine and its creator is here: http://laughingsquid.com/the-oramics-machine-returns/
I’m halfway through the novel Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. I’ll have a one-sentence Goodreads review when I’m through (it’s all I can manage with two blogs to update and my real job to do besides!), but I’m already anticipating my rewatches of both the 2011 movie and the 1979 TV miniseries.