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August 8th, 2005
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Now that that's over, I can talk about other things!

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From:talktooloose
Date:August 10th, 2005 04:45 pm (UTC)
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I dunno is Cruise is gay but he's clearly hiding something painfully. There were ten minutes there where he could act but lately, he seems completely constricted on screen as if he's afraid he'll give something away. This, of course, makes for terrible acting.

He's even worse in interviews where he puts on a strange superior smirk meant to deflect anything potentially revealing. His role in Magnolia was actually one of the most convincing of recent years precisely because the character was hiding something and Cruise was using his very own interview techniques with the character. Scary.

Then there was his strange coked-to-the-gills speech at the first post-9/11 Oscars. He seems to think he's the official spokesman for something, but I doubt anyone's actually elected him to that position.

I have a slightly different take than your son on post-apocolyptic life. "Simplicity" is not a bad way of thinking about it, but to me what defines life in times of survival is that it is meaningful. Everything you do is about survival or rebuilding. Compared to our own endless consumer cycles in a society that has lost any kind of philosophical underpinning, life in wartime can be exhileratingly productive. Furthermore, tragedy draws people together into the kinds of social networks that we often avoid in the workaday, Starbucks world.

Btw, it sounds like you are raising wonderfully insightful children. Brava.
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From:mofic
Date:August 10th, 2005 05:31 pm (UTC)
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I have a slightly different take than your son on post-apocolyptic life. "Simplicity" is not a bad way of thinking about it, but to me what defines life in times of survival is that it is meaningful. Everything you do is about survival or rebuilding. Compared to our own endless consumer cycles in a society that has lost any kind of philosophical underpinning, life in wartime can be exhileratingly productive. Furthermore, tragedy draws people together into the kinds of social networks that we often avoid in the workaday, Starbucks world.


That's a really interesting take on it, and I bet one Doran would relate to, too. Search for meaning is very present when you're 16. If you don't mind, I'll share it with him.

Btw, it sounds like you are raising wonderfully insightful children.

Thanks. I like them :-).
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From:talktooloose
Date:August 11th, 2005 11:22 pm (UTC)
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Of course share it. I'm not likely to build a Learning Annex course around it any time soon!

I would love to meet you next time one of us is in the others' city, Mo!
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From:mofic
Date:August 12th, 2005 02:21 am (UTC)
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I would love to meet you next time one of us is in the others' city, Mo!


It would be great to meet you!
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