Netflix just added the "drop and drag" feature. Rock on. I've watched over 420 movies from Netflix in the last three years, which reminds me that I need to read more books. The last DVD I watched was "Babel."
Cate Blanchett is one of my favorite actresses. I loved her in "Elizabeth." I loved her in "Bandits." She is just fantastic and nervy and smart and flawed in everything. I love her even more after that big profile in last February's "New Yorker" (only part of which is available online) in which she revealed herself to be just as silly and chaotic as the rest of us grubby human beings. In that article, she spoke about the early loss of her father, and how the grief that children experience can be a sort of painful portal to creativity: "bereavement is a 'strange gift.' The shadow that informed her brightness. 'It's chiaroscuro,' she said."
The article went on: "In work and in life, Blanchett, whose favorite word is 'fluidity,' has a kind of inconclusiveness that lets her remain receptive." This observation struck me at a time when I was struggling with a vague disappointment at not being able to feel surer about things. It seemed to me that at a certain point in intellectual and personal development, I should be able to enjoy a certain security in a conclusiveness based on knowledge and experience. Thinking and reading more helped me realize that, especially as a creative person, I would need to be somewhat inconclusive to remain flexible enough to interpret new ideas, no matter how unsettling a feeling that might be.