Honestly, it was Naomi’s idea to play Bingo this year and, sure, I thought it’d be fun but it turns out that I love the sense of momentum that comes from checking off squares as a I work towards a goal. (Household Chore bingo? Fitness bingo? Anyone? Me! Me! Me!)
Over the weekend, I finished reading Cat’s Eye, which I’ll chat about under separate cover before long; I’ve written the review, so I’m checking off two squares by turning the final page, the first on each of the first two lines on the card.
On the second line, I’ve finished a season of a TV show, that I approached with the intention of watching only a single episode, for the fourth line (surprise!). And I finally checked the last square. This week, in Graeme Gibson’s The Bedside Book of Beasts: A Wildlife Miscellany (2009), I noted this, from F.W. Champion’s “The Alleged Cruelty of Tigers”, in which the author poses this question:
“Now let us see how man, the avowed hater of cruelty, obtains his meat: can he honestly claim to be as merciful as the tiger? A bullock, fattened to provide prime beef, is driven towards the slaughter-house, from which emanates a terrifying smell of stale blood. Some instinct warns him of danger, and he turns to escape. He is caught again and finally forced into the actual death-chamber, terrified and shaking in every limb.”
Nothing new for the third line, but for the fourth line I’ve written a Haiku, so let the mocking ensue:
Margaret Atwood’s books
Fill a shelf on the west wall
So much good reading
And the first episode of “Alias Grace” sent me on a binge through the weekend. Much has been written about the development process behind “Alias Grace” ; aside from that, beginning with the first episode, there is much to enjoy (even those unfamiliar with the story would be engaged, I think).
Sarah Polley’s involvement was a major incentive for me (“Stories We Tell” is a favourite) because I trusted she would respect the original story. This is one of those instances in which one is reminded of the power of film, because although all of the elements of MA’s narrative are present right from the start (the apple that Simon presents to Grace, for instance, and the quilting motif) the capacity to edit and elide scenes, across time and space, creates a memorable impact…so that the film is every bit as good as the book (only, different).