deux filles

The Adventures and Musings of 2 BFFs Separated by a Continent

Julie and Julia: The Movie 27 December 2009

I finally finished reading Julie and Julia, so now I can see the movie! 😉 I already know it’s going to be different just from what I remember in the commercial – Julia isn’t in the book that much! So hopefully it won’t annoy me like Revolutionary Road did.

At the book signing, someone asked a question about it being difficult to “let go” of the book and have someone change it into a movie. She said No, and then added, “So are you asking me what I didn’t like about the movie?” We all laughed, and she hemmed and hawed, til she finally said there are three things she doesn’t like about the movie. But, while telling the second one, she amended it to four.

#1 The scene at the beginning where Amy Adams is sitting around with all of friends just shooting the shit and they get in an argument. Julie said that would never happen – the sitting around or the arguing. But, she said she understood they had to do it to set up the movie.

#2 When Amy Adams walks by a chocolate fountain (to which Julie commented, “Isn’t that so 90s, a chocolate fountain??”) and says, “I think I’ll make …” Julie said that never happened, and it was so totally lame and something she would never ever do or say.

#3 When she makes the beef bourginon for Julia Child’s editor, in the book the newspaper guy still came over but in the movie he didn’t. Julie didn’t understand why they changed that.

And of course #4 escapes me but hopefully it will come back when I watch the movie, and then I’ll add it here. 😉


Julie Powell: Cooking, Blogging, Cheating, Cleaving, Reading 15 December 2009

Julie Powell of Julie and Julia fame came to the Free Library of Philadelphia to promote her second book, Cleaving: A Story of Meat, Marriage and Obsession. I think she was surprised by the turn-out – she did a double-take when she came out from behind the curtain onto the stage. (She also tripped a little when she got to the podium which was totally cute.) I think she was really nervous because she had a hard time looking at the audience. I don’t blame her – there were 300 people there sitting in an auditorium, all staring at her!

Julie explained her story: how she came up with the Julie and Julia project, how it took on a life of its own, how it became a Nora Ephron movie starring Meryl Streep (which she mentioned several times – Amy Adams not so much! ;-)), how her life changed so much after the fame and fortune. She likened it to winning the lottery, how she “put her numbers in and hit big”, but the lottery doesn’t fix your problems. Julie was building up to what we’ve heard about the new book, that she had an affair and the foray into butchery was her way of dealing with it and her unraveling marriage.

Julie prefaced her reading by warning people that it’s very different from Julie and Julia, that it’s much darker. She said if J&J is Nora Ephron then Cleaving would be (some David guy I never heard of and now I can’t remember). She even said, “You will hate me.” We laughed, and she said, “No really. People love Eric Powell” and in the book she did some bad things to Eric Powell.

She read a passage about learning to butcher (is that how you say it?), and when she mentioned cutting her thumb (after telling us how you have to be careful about your fingers getting numb so you don’t cut them off without feeling it), everyone gasped. She looked up, surprised, and laughed. “That’s nothing!” So I’m guessing we’ll find out about other injuries while reading. 😉 But her reaction is why I love reading out loud to my students – the reaction when they get it.

By now she was more relaxed. (She even joked about being terrible at speaking “off the cuff”. Not true though.) Then she talked a little more about her affair. She said she should have known the guy was no good because he had absolutely no interest in cooking. (He also didn’t like dogs. What’s wrong with that?) During Q&A (which she said is her favorite part – “I’m really good at that!”), someone asked if it was hard to write about something so personal, to be so brutally honest and “put it out there”. She replied, “People who use their lives as creative fodder do it bcs it is just necessary… to understand it.” So like she had to do it to get through it and figure out what happened. Reminds me of the benefits of journalling (except I would never publish them ;-)).

This idea was reiterated when someone asked for advice about finding a project. She said you just have to find something that means a lot to you so that you will turn off that Editor in your brain that says, ‘You stink, you’re no good, you may as well quit now.’ By this point I was nodding, thinking of my own blog “project”.

Another question came from a fellow Texan who blogs about the connection between food and love. Julie had already talked about feeling bad while butchering because she was always thinking about her affair (which was already over) and not about her marriage. She realized it was because Eric was so intertwined in her life she couldn’t fathom him not being there, even though they had been apart and even technically separated. Basically she rook him for granted, but they worked it out. (She said so, and she was wearing a wedding ring.) The blogger asked for Julie’s thoughts on the food and love, to which she replied, “Cooking requires a kind of trust that is also required for loving someone.” Everyone approved.

I was able to get a good spot in the line though it seemed like most people just left. Sunshine had asked me to tell Julie she couldn’t be there (probably as a joke, but I said it anyway!) because she was stuck getting her house ready for a Christmas visit from the in-laws. Julie laughed. Good one, Sunshine! And wait til you see what she wrote in your book! (I won’t spoil it here. ;-))

Definitely see Julie Powell if she comes to your town!


Priceless 13 December 2009

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2 cell phones

4.5 hours

100+ texts

2,500 miles

Feeling like you’re hanging out with your best friend?



A Little Too Late 12 December 2009

I guess we’re getting into this blog thing too late. I’m 100 pages into Julie and Julia, which is only Day 42 of her project, and she’s already being interviewed by a magazine (who is bringing Julia Child’s editor to her apartment!). She said she got 36 hits on her first day which was just before the first anniversary of 9/11. So, I figure we’re about seven years too late, and there are too many blogs, and that’s why it’s so hard to get people to follow. Sigh.


Look what I did 10 December 2009

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Yes, it’s purple. I love it. My students go nuts every time they see it. Totally fun. 🙂