A couple weeks ago, Mr. O and I were able to go see The Martian in the theatre (a rare treat); I absolutely loved the book and heartily endorse the movie. There was a catch, however: now I want to re-read the book, and since this is the season when my desire to read all the books smashes up my need to knit all the things—Houston, we have a problem.
To satisfy my sci-fi craving, first I tried to convince our four-year-old to watch WALL-E, but no dice; he’s preemptively scared of most movies. You’re thinking that maybe I should just look forward to the next Star Wars, but I say unto you: thrice bitten, still shy (and still going, but that’s beside the point).
So then I started thinking about poetry, and while I continue to commend Tracy K. Smith’s Life on Mars to you, I have a new poem for your perusal. I owe a tip of the hat to poet Simeon Berry on this one, who posted a link to Matthew Rohr’s poem “There Is Absolutely Nothing Lonelier” a few days ago.
You will never read a JPL press release quite the same way again.
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That’s how I felt about Mark when I read The Martian – that he must have been so lonely. Although, I know, it is not necessarily the people who are alone that are the loneliest. And, I think Mark was pretty good company for himself.
I wasn’t a big fan of the last 3 Star Wars movies, but I hear the new one is good. My Mom’s going to test it out for me. 🙂
Re: The Martian–exactly! And I hope your mom brings you good news!
I still haven’t read that or gone to see the movie. I want to, though! Scared of charming little Wall-E? Too bad. I’m sure he’ll get over it, though, and it may be to your dismay!
Oh my gosh, Kay, it’s SO good. And yeah, he’s petrified of most movies, which right now is too bad, but could come back to haunt me some day . . .
I hope he didn’t get scared by one or something.
Nope, just skittish.
I loved The Martian movie and need to read the book! (Did you write a review? I’ve missed a lot I know…) My son LOVED WALL-E and watched it almost 10 times if that is any encouragement for your little guy 🙂 But he is still little and there is plenty of time! 🙂