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7 Up and More

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Last night Charity and I finished 21 Up, the third installment of the Up Series. The series follows the lives of 14 British children, interviewing them at seven year intervals beginning in 1964 when the children are age seven.

It’s been a pretty interesting documentary series so far. The creators choose subjects from across the British social spectrum and so their are a variety of backgrounds. I think one of the points of the documentary is to show how the starting point of children in society determines where they will end up (somewhat true), but what I have enjoyed about it is the questions the people in the series are asked and are interviewed about: questions about love, money, ambitions.

They’re all pretty honest, hilariously so at 7 and more poignantly so at 21. I like hearing their honest reflections on love and career, family and education, and it’s interesting to hear the responses of people from such diverse backgrounds (even if the dialects can be hard to discern at times).

I think it’s also pretty interesting and pretty sobering to see the words of the participants from seven years previous juxtaposed on screen with their actions and locations in the present interview. I think when we have those kind of conversations we tend to mean them and really believe what we say but change doesn’t always occur and nobody asks us seven years later how our dreams haven’t worked out. We might dream at seven of being astronaut but at 21 be squatting in a vacant flat in London after leaving college after a semester. It’s pretty interesting to wonder about what happened to change the participants between age 7 and age 14 or 21.

I’m pretty curious about the next installment of 28 up when the kids have become adults with careers and families. I’m interested to see and hear what they make of their lives when their lives seem more about reality and a little less about possibility. Especially so as a 28 year-old myself.

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March 21, 2007 at 5:57 pm

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In My Sleep

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This morning I watched the trailer for In My Sleep for the first time. From the preview it appears to be a thriller and it looks like an interesting one. Currently in post-production it stars Phillip Winchester, most recently from Flyboys.

I’ve heard a lot about it as one of our friends served as the photographer for the movie taking the photos which appear on the set and taking action photos for posters and other promotional material. It was pretty cool to the action on the monitor after seeing so many of the still shots from my friend’s computer.  I’m excited to see it when it arrives in theaters.

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March 8, 2007 at 1:31 pm

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Father and Son

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Last week I finished Father and Son: A Study of Two Temperaments by Edmund Gosse. It’s the memoir of Edmund’s childhood growing up in the 1860s as the son of his father, Phillip Henry Gosse a renowned botanist of the day who tried to reconcile his biblical literalism with the newly minted theories of evolution.

The book itself was interesting, especially in respect to the religious upbringing of Edmund with his calm, stoic Calvinist father. It was interesting to read about a childhood and a faith from 150 years ago and recognize so many of the themes.

Overall Father and Son disappointed a bit. It wasn’t a bad read, but I was hoping for a bit more of the color of the time period. I also went in curious about Edmund’s relationship to his father as an adult but the book concludes just as Edmund departs for London in his late teens. It didn’t read as a beautiful book full of vistas and descriptions though perhaps it was as beautiful a book as it could be given that it chronicled his childhood world of remarkably limited social interactions.

The most interesting part was reading the introduction after I finished the book. The author of the introduction placed it in context of the time and style of memoir. Just as today’s memoirs are challenged on their authenticity so was Gosse’s, and from many quarters. In my view Edmund’s account is even handed and largely sympathetic to his father’s beliefs but it was interesting to hear it hotly debated by the persons of the day.

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March 6, 2007 at 8:13 pm

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