Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Miyazaki and The Borrowers

Studio Ghibli's latest film Arrietty is an adaptation of Mary Norton's Book, The Borrowers. I remember reading this book, and its sequel, in my Jr. High School Library. Now I want to read it again -- but I think I will see the movie first, so that I don't suffer that awful clash of "This isn't how the story is supposed to go." Miyazaki does do wonderful treatments of the books he turns into films, but time limitations do mean that he must snip subplots, combine characters, and change things.

See the trailer here.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Thoughts on Dying

We expect our doctors to save our lives and heal us, or at least keep us alive for longer.  And yet, is this practicing medicine?  Is this doing the best for the patient?  A Doctor Grasshopper ponders what many of us ponder, in Life. And Death.

Me, I think I should have DNR tattoed above my right breast.