At first, I was going to write an entry called "telling the truth," but I decided that would amount to biting off a bit more than I could chew, especially since I didn't have the stomach to discuss President Liarmouth today, and I kept running into limits on the amount of truth I saw fit to publish on the interbot for various reasons. Someday, I think it could be a good experiment, though.
I think the impulse came from something Hotpants told me this weekend: he'd seen a play about "something, sex and truth" but that there hadn't been any truth in it, just a lot of bad acting. I laughed, but as a matter of fact, at that very moment, I myself was engaged in some bad acting, and truth be told, some untruthfulness: I was pretending to be terribly absorbed in Thomas Mann's The Transposed Heads, (which is especially entertaining, I found out later that afternoon) but in truth, I was really very distracted by the fit of his shirt, and read several pages without absorbing any of their content. I briefly prided myself on the possiblity that I was doing what Bono recommends and "standing at the center of contraditions." Then I snapped out of it.
Oh, the humanity.
Later, since I'm dismayed by the incontrovertible evidence that I'm nothing if not a total coward when it comes to sticking my neck out on the "you sure are purty" chopping block, I decided to drown my spinster's angst in popcorn and headed out for a movie marathon at Hollywood's Cathedral of Cinema, the ArcLight. Here are my two ultra-truthful and mercifully brief movie reviews:
Girl with the Pearl Earring: Scarlett Johansson is so luscious that even I wanted to kiss her, and Colin Firth needs to patent that electric stare of his. No one works the tortured glare of thwarted desire harder than he does. All I'm saying is, he had me at "In vain I have struggled. It will not do."
Secret Window: Story by Steven King? Dreadful. Progressively unhinged, compulsively napping writer with jacked-up hair played by Johnny Depp? Delightful. Trip to the movies? About $10. You decide.
Finally, I got some really, really bitchin' news today, but more on that later...