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( Feb. 23rd, 2009 12:17 am)
I'm just home from my Oscars party which means Oscars = TOO LONG.


On the other hand, Best Actor and Best Actress and Best Original Screenplay made the entire night worth watching. Bonus: Hugh Jackman & recession signs.

From "Milk" screenplay winner Dustin Lance Black: "Harvey gave me his story and it saved my life, and I just thought it's time to pass it on. The only thing I knew I wanted to say was to tell those kids out there that they would be all right."
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( Feb. 23rd, 2009 12:38 pm)
Dustin Lance Black's acceptance speech for Best Original Screenplay - Milk was one of the most moving I've ever heard. If there's anything you should watch from last night's Oscars, this is it. He's on around 3:45.

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( Feb. 23rd, 2009 06:59 pm)
My friend Anne surprised me with smoked salt today. YUM. Who knew that was all it takes to get me to buy fresh ingredients for dinner? I made orange roughy & roast yellow bell peppers with only smoked salt for seasoning and it was PERFECT.

She also gave me a copy of The Drunkard's Walk by Leonard Mlodinow which I'm going to dive into as soon as I finish Is God A Mathematician?. To that end, I'm plan to crawl into bed at 8pm with a glass of wine and my trusty book light.

Janna Levin was on NPR's Speaking of Faith this weekend which motivated me to check out her book, A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines.

    Kurt Godel's Incompleteness Theorems sent shivers through Vienna's intellectual circles and directly challenged Ludwig Wittgenstein's dominant philosophy. Alan Turing's mathematical genius helped him break the Nazi Enigma Code during WWII. Though they never met, their lives strangely mirrored one another--both were brilliant, and both met with tragic ends. Here, a mysterious narrator intertwines these parallel lives into a double helix of genius and anguish, wonderfully capturing not only two radiant, fragile minds but also the zeitgeist of the era.

I always have a longer list of books than time to get through them but I think this one will come after The Drunkard's Walk. It will be time for some fiction.

Writing of reading, thank you [ profile] worldwouldend for the Louis Sachar books! They arrived today. What a wonderful surprise. I'll send them back to you as soon as I'm through.


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