Right now I'm reading Comfort Me With Apples by Ruth Reichl, a book Daphne had mentioned. (Actually, Daphne suggested I read another Reichl book first, but with my library you take what you get and you don't throw a fit.) Anyway, I'm loving this book. Reichl, who was the editor of Gourmet, writes so passionately about food that she makes me excited for my next meal. Eating is an adventure. Reading this book makes me regret all those times I've eaten crap food like Cocoa Krispies for dinner. Why did I waste my time on that garbage? I should have been eating real food cooked in real butter with bread on the side and a glass of wine and dessert with every meal.
While I was just on the Gourmet website, I read this very negative review of the book and movie Julie and Julia. The reviewer states that Julie Powell's writing is "hollow, narcissistic, and unforgivably lazy." I'll admit I know very little about the blog or the book that the movie is based one, but this review irked me a bit. Aren't all blogs narcissistic? Isn't that the entire nature of a blog? Anyone who takes the time to maintain a blog has more than their share of narcissistic qualities--you have to. The assumption that you have something to say that others would find interesting is what motivates us to get up everyday and do it. And as far as being written lazily, again I think this is the nature of the blog. I routinely start sentences with "and" or "but" and my idea of editing is to hit spellcheck before publishing. It's virtually impossible to self edit and even if it wasn't, who would have that kind of time? This isn't a job. It's what I enjoy doing in the small amount of uninterrupted free time that I have.
This post was supposed to be a Random Thoughts. But after clicking over to Gourmet, it morphed into a rant all fueled by a review for a movie I haven't seen and a book I haven't read. For some reason I took it all very personally. I know a lot of you have read the book and seen the movie...any thoughts?