every time i go out walking at night i run into some snails crossing the sidewalk

. . . and of course i tread carefully so as to grant them safe passage!!

i reckon if i had to make a list of the 50 things i love most about planet earth, snails would be in the top 10 lol

orlando, aka me

i read the book in college and i thought it ruled. i want to reread it . . . just got to dig it out of one of the little boxes where my whole life is packed away until further notice

the passenger, from 1975, which is one of the few jack nicholson movies i had not seen. it was great

Based on Virginia Woolf’s 1928 classic “Orlando: A Biography,” Sally Potter’s sumptuous fantasy stars a sublime Tilda Swinton as the eponymous seventeenth-century nobleman who, commanded by Queen Elizabeth I (played by legendary raconteur Quentin Crisp) to never age, voyages through four hundred years of English history, first as a man, then as a woman. The spectacular sets, breathtaking costumes (which serve as the inspiration for this year’s Met Gala), and Swinton’s androgynous performance style give captivating expression to Woolf’s text, a playful, ahead-of-its-time exploration of gender roles and fluidity that remains as fresh and surprising today as it was in the 1920s.

The last of three English-language films made by the great Italian chronicler of alienation Michelangelo Antonioni, THE PASSENGER stars Jack Nicholson as a frustrated war correspondent who, while on a seemingly futile assignment in Chad, trades identities with a dead arms dealer—plunging him into a dangerous new life and a relationship with an enigmatic young woman (Maria Schneider). The result is a mysterious, distinctly Antonioni-esque take on the international espionage thriller, with the director making use of mesmerizing long takes and vast, empty landscapes to create an all-pervasive sense of existential ennui.