Sunday, July 1, 2012

Week in Seven Words #125

He loves looking at photos of his parents and older siblings. When you point them out one by one and name them he smiles confidently. To them he belongs, and they belong to him.

Throughout the heatwave I resolutely (many would say idiotically) leave the air conditioning off; there's a breeze coming in through the window - a warm breeze, but at least the air is circulating – and I can live with that. When the thunderstorm finally rips through the city, I notice at once how the quality of the air changes, pouring in cool and damp. I don't think I've ever loved thunderstorms more.

On the subway a young man is openly reading a paperback copy of Fifty Shades of Gray. From time to time he looks up from the book and stares into the middle distance.

I'm having a pleasant time, even though the sun's in my eyes and the rock I'm sitting on is trying to pry open a new orifice in my body.

On a hot dark night people are gathered moth-like around the lit fountain.

At the restaurant he turns the table into a palette on which he mixes the dull green of smushed peas with glossy drippings of soy sauce and bright ketchup red.

I can't remember the last time I set foot in a movie theater (was it for The Fantastic Mr. Fox in 2009?), but I enjoy the experience. It's a week night, so it isn't too crowded. I like the hugeness of the sights and sounds. I even like the previews (no matter how bad a movie turns out to be, the previews are pretty much always entertaining).


Crafty Green Poet said...

convection is great, reminds me of when I lived in Malawi, the rainy season storms were amazing!

I've been reeled in for the past week, so many films!

HKatz said...

Living in Malawi must have been a fascinating experience.

And I've been enjoying your Edinburgh Film Festival reviews. Thanks for stopping by.

Lucy said...

I heard somewhere that part of the success of the Fifty Shades books is down to e-books, and how women can read them publicly without anyone seeing what they're reading! The young man with no such inhibitions is amusing.

I shall now admit to being curious enough myself to read several reviews of them on Amazon; what also amuses me is the number of people who read to the end of the third book and then write excoriating reviews saying what rubbish it is.

And yes, I did peek at the 'Look Inside' pages. Briefly. Honest.

HKatz said...

Your point about the e-books is a good one. I saw a woman read 50 Shades of Gray on the subway too weeks earlier, but on an e-reader; if you're squashed up against someone in a subway car, you can see what they're reading, no matter how discreet they try to be :)

Many times people can't put rubbish down. At least some folks who say it's rubbish also admit to being entertained by it (or to just skimming through it for the sex parts). I didn't know it was up to three books already.

naida said...

I like all of these, especially convection. I do enjoy thunderstorms, theres something calming about it.

lol HKatz :P I'm writing up my 50 Shades review today. I don't know how I got sucked in, but I did. I blame one of my girlfriends actually, she sent me all three e-books via email.

Relyn said...

Oh, I love the previews most of all.