Wednesday, 26 December 2012 10:00
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Happy Boxing Day from this timezone! In addition to watching a lot of Fifth Generation Chinese cinema and Adventure Time I have also been eating many things. On Christmas Eve my family and I went out for Peranakan food; on Christmas morning I made pita pockets from scratch for breakfast, which were a huge success if I may say so myself; and in the evening there was the traditional dinner party at my mother's best friend's house where there was turkey and ham but also AMAZING SUCKLING PIG and about two hours of cleanup afterwards. Today, I'm meeting an old schoolfriend for Turkish food! Om nom nom.

Enough about my gustatory pursuits though. Yuletide is here! I have been enjoying many stories very much. Here's an incomplete list of recs:

Recs feat. Borgen, 10 Things I Hate About You, Community, Chronicles of Chrestomanci, Agatha Christie, To Kill A Mockingbird, Mean Girls, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, and Journey to the West )
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Just finished watching all the Borgen episodes there are in existence. I frequently talk about being so bad at watching TV; I wander off and do other things on the Internet or lose the will to hunt down episodes all too easily. The flipside of that is that when a show grabs my attention, it really grabs my attention - I was up till 4 AM last night watching the brilliant finale and finally got what my good friend Max meant when he said the last five minutes of the season 2 finale was amazing. (Spoiler: it was.)

Borgen is also brilliant at anticipating all my narrative needs; frequently I'd come to the end of an episode and think, "That was great but what they really need to do is focus on Birgitte's personal life," or "Great political strategy but what about the stuff that actually makes a difference to people's lives?" or "What about more gender stuff?" and in the very next episode they'd deliver, it's kind of freaky and also great. This show juggles a lot of balls - in one episode alone they tackle about three to four heavy-duty issues in a smart and coherent storyline - and they never let a single one go for too often. It's ambitious and clever storytelling at its best; I can't help comparing it with Political Animals and feeling that in every respect Borgen comes out on top.

I... am also not entirely sure how many times in a row I can say "Call me, Birgitte", but there are not enough times in the world. Her clothes! Her smarts! Her everything! I have way too many torrid fantasies about either being a) an intern in the PM's office (somehow magically speaking Danish, of course) or b) Birgitte's au pair (again somehow magically speaking Danish). All of a sudden I have this incredible lust for office wear, impeccable makeup, and a ponytail. I haven't done ponytails since leaving high school; such is Birgitte Nyborg's power. BIRGITTE, CALL ME.

One thing I didn't like: (spoilers) )
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I've just finished the first five episodes of Borgen: it is such a good show. It's basically everything I care about - gender, indigenous people, quotas, and ruminations on the nature of democracy - and some things I didn't, but now do - politicking, power struggles, and corporate boards. I know zero about Danish politics but Borgen has it right on with the most odious Labour Party leader I've seen in a long time (Tony Blair anyone?). SO GREAT, YOU GUYS, IT'S SO GREAT. Also, full of terrifyingly competent people - I think the person I identify with the most is by default the hapless secretary (who isn't that hapless and has good instincts; just gets intimidated by the people she's surrounded by)???

Birgitte come to me.

Also, I read a book!

Rubyfruit Jungle, by Rita Mae Brown.

Kind of forgettable. )


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