As I watch the results of the Iowa caucuses come in on this bitterly cold Montreal evening (and wait to see if the city of Montreal can manage to clear the side of the street that they failed to get to last night), I wanted to share a film and a book recommendation.
K and I went out on one of our Saturday night dates
last weekend (sorry that would be three weekends ago) and this movie proved to be an excellent choice. Juno is perfect proof that you don't need to see multi-million over-produced and under-developed films. This is a well-written and extremely well-acted story. Ellen Page and Michael Cera are both excellent (and Ellen Page thoroughly deserves her Oscar nomination). The supporting cast is also great, notably Michael Bateman, Alison Janney and J.K. Simmons. As the film has become so successful in the last few weeks, I need explain no more about the plot than to say that Ellen Page becomes pregnant at 16 unexpectedly and she has to figure out what to do.
And the book is the Omnivore's Dilemma. Food is one of the issues I have become increasingly interested in over the last few years, in particular since we moved to Montreal. A portion of my increased interest stems from having a child. It's natural to worry more about what your child eats than what you eat and we have been mindful about where his food comes from (without becoming too rigid about it), and I have read scientific papers (I never said I wasn't a nerd and so I can explain the apparent effect of blackcurrants fed to children before 18 months on the taste preferences at age 3...) to understand what research says on food rather than what food companies want to tell us. But this book was a fascinating overview of modern North American food and I discovered a much bigger picture that I knew little about. I was familiar with some of the book as Michael Pollan writes for the New York Times magazine, but even if you have read his stories there, the book is interesting and his writing is engaging even on topics that most would make dull. And much to my surprise, the last section of the book on foraging is in many ways the most entertaining.
So - go watch and read.