Reading, Writing, Walking
Thursday, June 30, 2005
I don't know if any of you have seen this movie. I just saw it this afternoon -- it would have been perfect for the class to see this all together! (Especially Jo, since you lived in Spain for a while!)
Anyway, I'll post the summary from Amazon (because I'm too lazy to write my own review). Basically the movie's about traveling, living in a foreign country, meeting new people, and writing about the whole experience.
FROM AMAZON.COM: An absolute delight, L'Auberge Espagnole captures a moment in a life, seemingly about nothing and everything all at once. Xavier (Romain Duris), a young Parisian not sure what his life is about, decides to spend a year in Barcelona studying economics--leaving behind his unhappy girlfriend (Audrey Tautou, Amélie) but joining an international mix of students in a hectic, crowded apartment. Arguing and partying with his British, German, Danish, and Italian roommates--not to mention getting lessons in love from a Belgian lesbian (Cecile De France) so that he can seduce a friend's wife (Judith Godreche, Ridicule)--Xavier learns more about life than economics. The movie, beautifully shot on digital video, has a freshness and spontaneity that make its simple events--a series of arguments and flirtations--feel like a miniature portrait of the European Union as it comes into focus (the title can be translated as "Euro pudding"). Vibrant, charming, and all-around entertaining.
Wednesday, June 29, 2005
Wednesday, June 22, 2005
Welcome to the FHL travel writing workshop blog. This space is still, well, a space, but I hope you won't be shy about posting your stories and sharing your comments here. For now, we're using it as a forum for the current workshop, but this is meant to be a friendly place where we can continue to update one another, even after we wrap up our sessions.
Thanks, everyone. I hope to see your stories here soon.