This was one of the best movies I've seen in a long, long time. The film chronicles the romance between a 12-yr-old misfit boy and a 12-yr-old girl vampire.
Gorgeously filmed in a weird, snowy Swedish world. Unabashedly amoral. Plotting that is a lesson in giving only what is "necessary and sufficient." A very pure transmission of feeling and a reminder of why vampires are so seductive, without the sentimentality of so many recent reimaginings of the myth. If you love vampires and you love art that takes the emotional world of children seriously, you must see this film.
Polls conducted earlier today revealed that Senator Barack Obama leads his rival John McCain by a margin of 75% in the crucial battleground area of my apartment. While some analysts have questioned the significance of such a lead, pointing out that my apartment has failed to impact the results of past presidential races -- has, in fact, more often picked the loser -- leaders from the Obama campaign said they welcomed the show of support.
"Every vote counts," a spokesman for Obama said earlier. "Even from a stuffed animal."
TRINOME: BARACK SUPPORTER
Trinome, the plush alien who occupies the white chair in my living room, has been outspoken in his support of Obama's economic and foreign policy. Trinome told pollsters that he thinks Obama is less likely to eject trash into outer space. Also, he claimed to be impressed by the Senator's "impressive green aura."
DEMING: BARACK SUPPORTER
Novelist Sarah Deming declares her strong support for Obama, stating that she plans to vote for Barack "as soon as I wake up tomorrow." When advised that polls are only open until 9PM, Deming states "OK, then, I'll set my alarm." Deming has been experiencing difficulty sleeping lately, because she is worried about the polar bears.
IVERSON: BARACK SUPPORTER
It will come as little surprise to fans of such tunes as "Cheney Pinata" that jazz pianist Ethan Iverson cast his absentee ballot earlier this month for the Illinois Senator. Jazz musicians as a group trend strongly democratic, except when they forget to vote. Pollsters interviewed Iverson earlier today via video Skype from his hotel room in Sweden, however they forgot to ask him for his comment on the election, as they were too distracted by how cute he looked.
NAUGA: MCCAIN SUPPORTER
The lone Republican holdout? The stuffed animal occupying my living room sofa, Nauga, who states that he has received strict instructions from his superiors at the Naugahyde corporation to cast his vote for John McCain. Reading from a prepared statement earlier today, Nauga stated that "Senator McCain's steadfast leadership and patriotism make him a hero to corporate mascots everywhere." The statement was signed by an impressive number of imaginary creatures, from Ronald McDonald to the little-known Exxon mascot "Smileyspill." Nauga also added that he feels a kinship with Senator McCain, as both of them are composed from 100% synthetic materials.
The author of one of my favorite novels ever, Birdie, is dead at 82. It's always been comforting to know that he published his first book when he was in his fifties. The New York Times obit describes his fascinating life.