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I should further explain #6. I was a little excited when I wrote that. 1) Excitement leads to not saying much more than “I’m excited!” 2) I’m further along in the book 3) “what’s near and dear to my heart” are the issues that Larsson brings up. And they are difficult issues.
When I was an unassuming pre-teen, I began reading murder mystery novels. Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, Ruth Rendell. Eventually, I’d move on to Anne Rule, Elizabeth George, Val McDermid, Minette Walters, Mary Willis Walker. For me, these female authors had a way of leading you about and around the body, the dead body, through a cast of suspects, police, press, lawyers, and family. There was great relief when the case was solved, and while a life was burned out (maybe a few), you understood why and then there was justice. The wrongs are not righted, but at least they are cut off.
Though, I must admit, I’ve never been as interested in justice as in finishing the story. (selfish, yes.) I always want closure, to know that everything will be okay. Characters will carry on. (very much an emotional reader)
Over time, I’ve gotten more interested in how the story is told. How the author feeds the reader the information. Who the author is. And with a book like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, I can’t help but notice Stieg Larsson. It helps to know he was a journalist. It helps to know he had not published this before his death. He may have written it for himself to process what he came to know. Maybe.
He’s written a story of men who hate women. But also a story of how women fight their way through this predicament, and don’t. The violation of the female body (it’s pretty grotesque in Larsson’s story) is an old tale of which all women, it’s safe to say, are aware. I’m the preventative kind of girl, and more times than i could count, I’ve taken immense precaution. Mostly in the form of hiding, and in how I spend my time.
Which has also cut off – to a certain extent – my sense of freedom. I recognize, this is all about perception, the reality I’ve created. Not asking for sympathy here, but just naming what’s real to me. It’s in the little things. The way I dress, the way I speak, the way I walk, how I plan my day, the way I present Myself, and who I decide to trust. Everyone has these set of circumstances. We often judge others by these little things.
So, these little things show up in the structures Jeffrey and I are creating for This could be it. The movement, the storytelling, the blathering, the eating, the disembodied voice, and the awkward poses. And this issue that Larsson brings up – how a certain type of woman fights through her predicaments – this is what I’m trying to do onstage. Except, it should be noted, the girl on stage is victim to nothing. No huge trauma happens. And while a murder story comes up, it is filtered through a girl’s reading of another author’s story. Much like this post, in fact.
Though not referencing the grim movie by Peter Greenaway (three women drown their husbands. that’s not a spoiler, btw), we are referencing the soundtrack. Michael Nyman uses only themes from the 2nd movement of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante in E flat, K364. It makes me melt every time I hear it.
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Okay, so I’m getting past the first quarter of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Damn it’s getting good. I know this book is all the hype, and I’m joining the bandwagon, BUT, MY GOODNESS! It’s a mystery, it mashes up genre, and it’s just pure writing gold.
Another Swede. So solemn (not unlike Roy Anderrson’s stuff). And then there’s the whole bio of Larsson. And then there’s the book title, which in Swedish, translates to Men Who Hate Women. Intriguing that the English-speaking market changed the name, right?
Anyway, I bring this all up because the issues in the book – on a number of levels – are near and dear to my heart. So sad that we no longer have Larrson to write us more stories to read. In the mean time, I’ll be downloading The Girl Who Played with Fire on the Kindle.
You know of him? Cranor is watching bookoos of him at the moment. And I can’t help joining him.
He just had a film out at Film Forum called You the Living. All long shots. Very surreal and serious at the same time. (ie, this one scene: Man and woman got married. Now in house as man sings song with guitar in kitchen. Woman getting out of wedding dress in back room,which you see in background. House appears to be moving, as window shows city passing by outside. Then house stops. Crowd gathers outside. Cheers the couple on. Group cheering is AMAZING. Man and woman wave to their adoring crowd as house moves on again.)
Here’s a bunch of his commercials too. Oh, and he’s Swedish.
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I will be using this method to climb a rope. Totally old school, army style. Uses slightly less upper body strength (though, staying power is a whole other issue). In case you, too, want to climb a rope … have at! This man is super nice AND totally ripped and kickass. He will spell out what will be your downfall, so get with it folks. Finding a place in NYC to climb rope, however, is nay impossible! [growling]