Saturday, April 30, 2011

The Third Man

Have you ever seen the file "The Third Man"? Joseph Cotton, Orson Wells and Valli?
I just watched it again for about the tenth time. What a good movie! It is just so compelling as Joseph Cotton as Holly Martin moves from naive author of formula westerns to weary and world wise. And the music! What perfect music behind this story-zither music and the third man theme. I am never sure if the Third Man is Harry Lime or the man that Harry kills and puts in his own coffin.

I went to the library today. I had about ten books to take back including Peer Gynt illustrated by Arthur Rackham. Are you familiar with the story at all? Peer Gynt is a character in Norway that makes some very bad choices and lives the life of egotism. Not a very sympathetic character. Similar to Harry Lime in The Third Man, now I come to think of it.
This illustration is from the volume I had checked out. It show the trolls which the author Ibsen seems to connect to the selfish life that Peer Chooses to live. They are that way as well-selfish. Not a very pleasant fellow, Peer and a wasted life!
I got a book that I have been waiting for called The List of 7 by Mark Frost. It sounded really good.
The novel opens in London of 1884, where protagonist Arthur Conan Doyle, a moderately successful young doctor, unpublished author and part-time student of the supernatural, attends a seance at the request of an anonymous lady in distress. When the evening erupts into gruesome violence and murder, Doyle finds himself on the run, engaged in a deadly game of cat and mouse with a cadre of ruthless satanists bent on incarnating the spirit of evil. He finds an ally in the mysterious, resourceful and supremely capable Jack Sparks, on secret assignment to the Queen. Sparks's own brother is the mastermind of the ``Dark Brotherhood'' they oppose, and his character will, much later, supply Doyle with the inspiration for his Sherlock Holmes.

Just my sort of thing. But on a similar note-do any of you know what steam punk is? I see things on Etsy described as Steam punk and while I have looked up the word, it isn't really clear what it might be. Wikipedia describes it as:
Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction, alternate history, and speculative fiction that came into prominence during the 1980s and early 1990s.[1] Specifically, steampunk involves an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century and often Victorian era Britain—that incorporates prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy. Works of steampunk often feature anachronistic technology or futuristic innovations as Victorians may have envisioned them; in other words, based on a Victorian perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, art, etc. This technology may include such fictional machines as those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne or real technologies like the computer but developed earlier in an alternate history.
I think that this List of 7 may be steam punk but I am not sure....

On the knitting front, I am still slogging away on the sleeve of my sweater,  Cerisara. I love the way sleeves look when they are knitted on but it sure is clumsy turning the whole sweater round and round as you knit the sleeve...oh well, I hope to get it done yet this spring!

Talk to you soon,

1 comment:

shannonb said...

Hi Lynda! Steampunk is a style of clothing, furniture, graphic art, etc. as well as a genre. Think top hats with aviator goggles, corsets with feathers and gear buttons, or a computer keyboard made from mahogany with vintage typewriter buttons. I think it's gorgeous and whimsical, and the style of punk I would want to wear. For steampunk books try Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld. Check this out: