two items and a movie about martha, marcy, may, & marlene

  • Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, by Annie Dillard (a Pulitzer Prize winner), Left Out In the Rain: Poems, by Gary Snyder, and a passel of my other books went to Good Will today, along with four large plastic trash bags full of clothes. And I still need to winnow down the books and clothes and crap. Seems like it hardly made a dent.
  • I saw the movie, Martha, Marcy, May, Marlene today and recommend it. It’s about a woman who has recently escaped from a cult and is completely haunted and pursued by the memories. The film flips back and forth between her cult days and her life with her sister and brother-in-law, who take her in when she leaves. She never tells them where she’s been, but she’s always a hairsbreadth from a psychological meltdown. It’s tense from beginning to end. Superb performance by the actor who plays the escapee (Elizabeth Olsen) and by the extremely believable, creepy cult leader (John Hawkes). Some people may not like the ending as it leaves you a bit unsettled as far as the story goes. I didn’t like it at first, but in retrospect, it’s somewhat hopeful and disturbing, and that’s fitting for a disturbing movie.

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