Frog X

Yesterday, I was very lazy. I spent a couple of hours compiling a list of movies I’ve seen in my life so far. It’s too long to post here and, of course, incomplete. It’s funny and somewhat shocking how many American mainstream comedies there are on it. Did I really spend my childhood in front of the TV? No, I didn’t. Actually, I spent a considerable amount of time reading flight schedules.

Last Friday, I finished reading Lights, Camera, Amalee. It’s always a bit sad when you reach the end of a good book. You get to know the characters, you discover some new wisdom, you relate. And then, when it’s over, you don’t want it to be over, because the ending is filled with hope and expectations. It’s not open, don’t get me wrong. But instead of living another day with Amalee and her friends, it’s time to embrace reality and translate said wisdom into actions; always one of my weak points. Dar Williams managed to write a gripping story with many quirky, yet likeable characters. It features the protagonist of her first book, Amalee. While Dar struggled with a twist the first time around, her second book is all smiles and joy and elation. And frogs. Seriously, the more I think of it, the more admire her talent, because this time around, she managed to write a book for young people that is up-to-date and still feels very natural. In fact, it’s the opposite of pretentious. It’s all about being insatiable curious, valuing your friends, and making a movie.

Dar Williams and me (January 14th, 2006)