The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, High Fidelity by Nick Hornby, and Let it Be by The Beatles

Hold the presses – this entry has nothing to do with film! Holy sh@t, Glenn’s not watching movies? What the hell is he going to talk about? Well, plenty. In fact I haven’t been this happy with the creative process in a while, and it has everything to do with expanding my horizons. I’ve been a movie nut my entire life, which has left only minor temporal moments for other mediums, most regrettably literature and music. So, more often than not, I’ll be shifting to the novels I’m reading and the music in my CD player, attempting (this is new for me folks) to comment on totally different forms of artistic expression, and I think it will make me a finer human being!, and more importantly a better writer. Don’t worry, the film stuff will keep coming.Let’s begin with a book I read with the simple purpose of preparing for the filmed version. See, Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings) is directing the cinematic interpretation of Alice Sebold’s sublimely fascinating The Lovely Bones, a story about the life and afterlife of Susie Salmon. Susie’s a 14 year old girl who is murdered in Sebold’s first chapter, spending the rest of the book watching the aftermath from her own personal heaven. A slightly shortsighted Starbucks coworker of mine commented roughly that The Lovely Bones is a “girls book”, which I recorded in the “f-ing ridiculous” file in the back of my mind. But this lame comment did bring up a point Sebold dissects throughout – that POV, both the living and dead, male and female, is a fluid and unpredictable topic, one that should be celebrated instead of judged. Throughout her novel, Susie makes harrowing observations that flow off the page at a moment’s glance, forcing a slight gasp of fear, then a realization it’s one in a long line of trauma’s filtered through an innocent’s loving, tender eyes. It’s not Susie’s story, or for that matter the story of her murderer, or Susie’s family, but all of them and none of them. The Lovely Bones reflects an openness and meandering spirit, which will be a key for Jackson to capture visually, and defines the book as a superb read.High Fidelity (which I of course has seen the Frears film adaptation), astounded me. It’s exactly what I needed to hear at this crossroads in my life. I don’t want to say too much because every man who is reading this and hasn’t read Hornby’s masterpiece, should run to the local B/N and by it now! Hornby and his Rob Fleming showed me someone else is feeling exactly how I am, right now, and survives the doubt and desperation which infects growing up. Love, lust, marriage, commitment, failure, destiny, all become intertwined with Rob’s sense of pop culture, resulting in a beautiful, nasty, loving, jealous hero. High Fidelity will always hold a faithful place as a personal manifesto to a moment in my life where indecision overwhelmed reason, but never reigned victorious.And Let it Be, what else can be said for this record. In honor of the protagonists in High Fidelity, yeah you Rob, Barry, and Dick, here are my Top Five Songs off The Beatles’ Let it Be.1. Get Back2. Let it Be3. Across the Universe4. Two of Us5. I’ve Got a FeelingAs they say on The Writer’s Almanac on local KPBS,”be well, do good work, and stay in touch.” And start expanding your horizons.

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