Saturday, October 29, 2005
The Weight of Water
I use the public library a lot. In part because it makes reading cheaper, but also to make sure that they continue to operate - the more they are used, the less likely they are to vulnerable to closure.
So I take out 3-5 books a week, usually novels, and plough through them. Started to read The Weight of Water by Anita Shreve and found it familiar. Then I remembered. Sean Penn, Elizabeth Hurley, Josh Lucas and others were in the film version of this novel, directed by Kathryn Bigelow (K-19, Point Break, Strange Days). An interesting story - contemporary plot intermingled with a historical story of murder - very well done. One I would recommend.
Symphony last night with the Hummell Trumpet Concerto and a lot of Grieg - but not the usual stuff. Enjoyable, especially given the theatrics of our new conductor William Eddins. An interesting fellow, who obviously loves music - it exudes from his every gesture. He is launching a podcast this month on classical music. I have seen many conductors - Barbarolli, Adrian Bolt, Malcolm Seargent, Barenboim, Solti, and many many others - but this guy is lively, passionate, committed, fun, and proficient. I hope he does well and that his ego - which is big - doesn't get in the way.