Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year

No resolutions here but plenty of plans and prayers and wishes for you and me:
May we all have more than enough peace and
inspiration and
forgiveness and
energy and
long days at the beach.

What's on your list?


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Facebook confession

I feel like I've been cheating on my blog with Facebook. I want to apologize.

It's just so easy to write a one-sentence message and send it out. With the blog, I feel a need to revise and shape a few paragraphs into something you might find worth reading.

The other Facebook temptation is the response from "friends," which is also effortless and thus much more plentiful and immediate. (It's all about instant gratification, isn't it?)

Today, I posted something that I thought was pretty mundane along the lines of: "Off to the library to work on a new book and I don't know quite where I'm going."

A few responses were kind and supportive, along the lines of, "You go girl," and "I have faith in you."

But there were several posts with suggestions of what I could or even should write next. I'm not sure why this drives me so crazy but it does. I wasn't shopping for an idea. Honest. That's not how novels are born -- not mine anyway.

I've learned my lesson. I'm going to limit my Facebook comments to the weather, food, and current events and save the more "serious" musings for you guys. Whoever you are. Wherever you are.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

La Danse

I hadn't seen a movie (in a theater) since August. How is that possible?

But finally this past week I went. It was La Dance by Fred Wiseman, a documentary about the Paris Opera Ballet. Stunning footage of ballet rehearsals and performances, both modern and Nutcracker.

Saw Nutcracker here in Boston many, many years ago, first by the Boston Ballet and then when my daughter was a Polichinelle (some kind of doll? a candy?) in a suburban production. I am not a fan of the Nutcracker. Too long, too treacly, too commercial. I know this one ballet keeps companies afloat in America (maybe elsewhere, too) as the holiday performance to which little girls are taken in velvet gowns and headbands.

I'm not much for classical ballet at all, but La Danse focuses mostly on the modern stuff, which is as spiky and exciting and sexual as modern dance, with legs elongated to eternity by toe shoes and a technique that makes me gasp.

Best of all, Wiseman knows how to film dance, especially where to put the camera so you don't feel like you're missing something. He sees dance like a dancer.

The movie is 158 minutes long (yikes) and has no dramatic arc whatsoever. I kept wanting to hit the pause button so I could look at a program: I needed to indentify dancers/music/choreograhers... I needed to breathe and take in what I'd seen. It was dance by fire. Worth it to be sure. But I can't wait to watch it again on DVD.