Thursday, February 27, 2014
This unfocused photo was an accident, but it's perfect. The blurriness conveys the grey, rainy mood. I love melancholy weather. It makes me introspective, and inevitably I feel closer to the sad novelists whom I admire. Writing fiction has never been my thing, but wet days are wonderful for sitting softly with a book, sinking into a story and drinking even more tea than usual.
Instead of doing that, X and I went to see an assortment of bits and bobs, grandly titled "Design for Modernity: Art Deco Ephemera from the Collection of Bruce Shyer". In reality, this translated to a couple of glass cases containing postcards, advertisements, and so on, arranged in color-themed sections. Despite being overstated as an event, the experience was eclectically charming. My favorite pieces were whimsical printed matchbooks from nightclubs and hotels.
That's a picture from the website; I didn't bring my camera. I often consider putting it in my bag and then opt not to, because I want to be able to immerse myself in moments.
After observing the shelves full of thingies, we went to Chapeau! for dinner, and then to the Sundance Kabuki theater for Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises. It was good, like every Studio Ghibli movie, and quite tragic, as one expects when the setting is 1940s Japan. I had some moral objections to the way the narrative was framed... but I react like that to lots of media, so whatever.
If you look closely, you can see white streaks of water falling past the lens.
I finished Fast Food Nation while riding the train into the city, but I took pictures of it earlier, to go with this cartoon from Funny Times (a political satire newspaper that my dad subscribes to):
Fast Food Nation was gripping and scary as hell. I already don't eat at McDonald's and etc, but if I did I would quit after reading this. Even more frightening is the broad trend of huge businesses controlling the government, which extends beyond the agricultural industry.
ANYWAY, to close with, here's a picture that I took from the Ferry Building (with my iPod) while waiting for X: