Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Reading is fundamental or something.

I'm finally teaching Hamlet after six years of waiting for the opportunity. It's a frabjous day. Hamlet is by far my favorite Shakespeare play and hearing 28 beautiful seniors read those lines of poetry, even when they butcher them, is a pleasing experience.

On my own time I'm reading Seven Seasons of Buffy, having already gotten through Five Seasons of Angel and Finding Serenity. You know you're a nerd when you spend valuable down time reading essays about a cancelled TV show, but they're interesting, dammit.

I just finished The Mastery of Love by Miguel Ruiz. It looks like a self-help book and I suppose it is, but it came to me recommended by a friend and after the day I spent devouring it between classes I found a lot of really useful insight. It's about how to not let the stupid crap bother you and focus on loving yourself. Sounds cheesy, but it was helpful. I recommend it if you have issues, and let's face it: we all have issues.

I'm almost done with the Buffy book, so after that I'm diving into Alex Epstein's Crafty TV Writing. I read the first chapter and already got some ideas on the next spec pilot I write, although I won't get to that until after I finish my current one and then work on a feature project. I also picked up the shooting script to Sideways, which I haven't had time to get to yet.

Somehow, I'm also revising my spec pilot during the day and going to the gym and spending all my spare time with a friend of mine who's moving out of the country soon and leaving behind a depressed Emily in his wake.

Time is the problem. I've got too many books to read and too many scripts to write and too many friends to see and muscle groups to tone. How am I supposed to do my actual job? Stop sleeping, maybe. Or lots of group projects. Let the kids design power point presentations and posters while I concentrate on my hobbies. That's how I mold young minds - half-assedly.

So what are you reading? Anything good?


  1. Nothing to do with this post per se, but just wanted to say Hey! :-)

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Oh, big pile of books beside the bed and I'm trying to make sure I don't turn in too late or too exhausted so that I can read. Even if it's just the one chapter.

    Just finished reading The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell. Wonderful book. About a Jesuit mission that makes contact with an extraterrestrial civilisation. Heartbreaking at times.

    If you have the time -- yeah, right -- track it down. Highly recommend it.

    Happy Thanksgiving.

  3. My output has been more than my input and I just feel the need to be really fed with great writing, ya know? I’ve got stacks of books next to my bed. Who’s got time for television? This weekend, I’m diving into John Kennedy Toole’s very funny “Confederacy of Dunces,” which I can’t believe I’ve never read.

    “A green hunting cap squeezed the top of the fleshy balloon of a head. The green earflaps, full of large ears and uncut hair and the fine bristles that grew in the ears themselves, stuck out on either side like turn signals indicating two directions at once. Full, pursed lips protruded beneath the bushy black moustache and, at their corners, sank into little folds filled with disapproval and potato chip crumbs. In the shadow under the green visor of the cap Ignatius J. Reilly’s supercilious blue and yellow eyes looked down upon the other people waiting under the clock at the D.H. Holmes Department Store, studying the crowd of people for signs of bad taste in dress. Several of the outfits, Ignatius noticed, were new enough and expensive enough to be properly considered offenses against taste and decency. Possession of anything new or expensive only reflected a person’s lack of theology and geometry; it could even cast doubts upon one’s soul.”

  4. As I said before a LONG time ago when I first started posting here: I LOVE Hamlet...

    I can imagine how excited you were!

  5. I just finished reading HELLO, LIED THE AGENT by TV writer Ian Gurvich and liked it a lot. So much so I read it again and wrote a review on it on my blog . . . check that one out!


Please leave a name, even if it's a fake name. And try not to be an asshole.

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.