Quick thoughts

July 15, 2010

I finished my 8th TBR challenge book, a collection of Ibsen’s plays that included A Doll’s House, Ghosts, Hedda Gabler, and The Master Builder. Hedda Gabler was the only one I’d read before, and in my younger days I felt like I completely got it – how much better to live vibrantly and die brilliantly like Hedda and her lover than the other lives in the play. Except now I don’t like it. An ordinary life also has brilliance.  And it doesn’t lead to as many fatalities as Ibsen’s lives do.

I’ve just bought the first 3 seasons of The West Wing, a show that was one of my favourites in its last few seasons (I just didn’t see it at the beginning). I’ve seen a few of these episodes, but not most. A bit more melodramatic, I think (although not by much), but what a stunning show. Life in its ordinariness and its brilliance.

The Rainbow is my 9th TBR. But first I’m reading Christopher Isherwood’s A Single Man, on which the beautiful movie by Tom Ford, starring Colin Firth, was based.