As part of my attempt to live a more balanced life in 2013, I have given myself the assignment to watch 2 movies and to read 2 books each month. Here is my February report.
The Magic of Belle Isle – Bland + trite. With Morgan Freeman and Virginia Madsen in it, I thought that this movie would be a sweet, but nuanced, look at life in a small town on a lake. It was not. In fact, it was boring, mildly insulting to women over 40, and just a plain waste of beautifully decorated lakeside homes. Not recommended.
Helvetica – Fascinating + inspiring. Helvetica is a font that was born in 1957 and permeates our lives. It has been revered and it has been marginalized, but it is still here. The interviews with graphic artists are compelling, even if you disagree with what they’re saying. Recommended if you have an interest in typography and the world around you. [H/T to alejna at collecting tokens for telling me about this documentary.]
The Spice Necklace – Charming + fun. I enjoyed this book. In a nutshell, Ann Vanderhoof and her husband decide to live on a boat, travel around the Caribbean and research the local cuisine. Along the way they make friends with
some nutty characters the locals, learn about alcoholic beverages regional history and decide to conjure up recreate Caribbean specialities in their tiny galley kitchen. Recommended if you like recipes, travel and cheerful adventurers.
Marrakesh By Design – Beautiful + informative. In this colorful book on Moroccan decorating, Maryam Montague explains the history of the region as well as the reasoning behind this style of decorating. The photos of patterns, colors and homes are perfect. I read the book all in one sitting, then came back a few days later to get lost in the photos. Recommended if you have an interest in African history, art and/or home decor.
1 Unique Bumper Sticker
The bumper sticker on the back of the van said: Play More Viola. I saw it first and was silently thinking about it when Zen-Den noticed it, too. Naturally we needed to know more about it, so I googled it. I half expected it to be a line from a Saturday Night Live skit a la “more cowbell.” But its origins were much simpler than that. It’s a bumper sticker encouraging everyone to be more joyful… by playing more viola. Cute, huh?