Sun, 20 Apr 2008
Night Listener and Northern Exposure
I have finally finished reading the Night Listener. I've always had a
fragmented relationship with Armistead Maupin; I keep on getting half-way
through a book, then stopping. I borrowed More Tales of the City from a
friend, for example, and was half-way through reading it, when I found the
copy I had bought 3 years before and then stopped. In that case, I had moved
house in between and it got backed at the bottom. The Night Listener got
caught by my move from Manchester. I've tried to start reading it again
several times, but mostly while travelling; I think it's been around the world
at least twice. For some reason, I picked it up a few days ago, and read the
second half in two days. My conclusions: it's great, nicely paced, gentle and
engrossing; the writer-writing-about-a-writer plot only annoys occasionally.
To celebrate my success in finishing it, I picked up Atonement, as I have
stalled on this several times. Hmmm. Well, less good here. I still couldn't
care less about Bryony's adolescent playwrite prentensions, nor understand why
it needs so many chapters. Worse, I've read these chapters four times now. I
should hire the film, but it's got Keira Knightly in; an actor that you can
see through both metaphorically and physically.
I've been looking forward to the second season of Northern Exposure for a
while; unfortunately, the music has been replaced with elevator musack.
Moreover, as well as the music being badly chosen, it's been mixed poorly, at
bad levels. It totally breaks the suspension of disbelief, making it's very
hard to get involved. Very poor performance, indeed.