Friday, March 4, 2011

Day 95 - Typity Type Type Type

Day 95.

If nothing else, Julie & Julia is a movie obsessed with its own parallels. For some reason, its creators love to insist that Julie and Julia are somehow equals on journeys of the same magnitude. Never mind that Julia Child labored for years penning the definitive guide to French cooking while Julie Powell just blogged about her trivial problems--they're equals! This idea of parallelisms is never more obvious than in the scenes of Julie and Julia typing.

Julia preparing her typewriter
Julie typing away on her computer
Julia writing her "Floating Island" recipe.
Julie talkin' bout Julia's "Floating Island" recipe

What a ridiculous notion, right? This movie is basically saying "Oh, look--just because Julia lived in the age of typewriters and Julie lives in the age of computers doesn't mean that they are that different--they are both doing the same kind of work!" which totally diminishes the legacy of Julia Child.

Wake up, Julie Powell. You don't get points for doing something completely derivative of someone else's life's work.

Me typing away at my computer

My original take on Julia's "Floating Island" recipe

Okay, well, maybe you get some points.


Julie & Julia 
Quote of the Day: "I typed it up."



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  2. Keeping it classy, Lawrence. As a way to celebrate all the ways that you give style to my life (when talking about Meryl not Amy), I've given you the Stylish Blogger Award. I'm sure there's some humorous way you could work it in to break the monotony. If you're interested, here's the link for my post about it: Shameless self promotion, I suppose

  3. This is my first comment, but I've been reading every day since you started. I don't know why I love this blog so much, but I do. Anyway. Just wanted to let you know that right now, I am starting Julie & Julia on Netflix Instant and watching it for the first time. It doesn't feel like the first time, though! I feel like I've seen it at least ten times.

    Anyway, wish me well.

  4. True story: I have had 7 Crunchwraps this week. I am glad someone also partook in this awesome week. I was considering committing to eating a Crunchwrap everyday this week and blogging about it, but then I figured that my descent into obesity wouldn't be nearly as entertaining as your foray into insanity.

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  5. Hi Lawrence. I echo Eliot's sentiments: I don't know why I love this blog so much, but I do. This post is laugh out loud funny. Also, now I want to make a run for the border - you're a culinary inspiration.

  6. I, too, have been reading since the beginning. I watched this movie in the theater when it first came out because we had free tickets to go see it. Yesterday I watched it for the second time, inspired by this blog.

    I fell asleep.

    Lawrence, you have gumption.

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