The Danish Girl

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Eddie Redmayne is wonderful in this film. Incredibly well cast, he does a fantastic job portraying Lili Elbe, one of the first people to undergo gender reassignment surgery in the 1920s. I believed him as Einar (the male body in which Lili was born), and, even more so, I believed him as Lili. And I believed him when he was stuck in between.

And don’t even get me started on Alicia Vikander as Gerda, Einar’s loving and devoted wife. If the film is true to life, then Gerda was an astounding woman for her time—so much more than the fearful, fragile housewife one would expect to find in this story—and Vikander played her the way she deserved to be played: brilliantly.

Oh, and the tagline is lovely: “Find the courage to be yourself.”

Magical Thinking by Augusten Burroughs

MagicalThinking.BurroughsIt’s been a while since I’ve delved into the insanely entertaining (and entertainingly insane) world of Augusten Burroughs and I am very glad to have revisited it. While his captivating memoirs each focus on certain eras in his life (Running with Scissors on his relationship with his mother and his time spent living with her crazy psychologist / Dry on the time leading up to and following his stint in rehab / A Wolf at the Table on his chilling relationship with his father), the ‘true stories’ in Magical Thinking focus on his everyday escapades. Much like his memoirs, these stories are wickedly funny, shockingly inappropriate and—thanks to his extreme vanity, considerable loquaciousness, and flair for the dramatic—leave absolutely nothing to the imagination.

No. 10 on my challenge. I only wish these short stories were longer.

Stolen review: It’s Only the Himalayas

I told my friend Michelle (hi, Michelle!) that she had to read S. Bedford‘s It’s Only the Himalayas: And Other Tales of Miscalculation from an Overconfident Backpacker. I badgered her about it for months leading up to its release. Really talked it up. She’s a busy mom of two tiny wee people, so she’s lucky if she has time to read the shampoo bottle, but I promised her that she’d like it and basically strong-armed her into it. Thank the sweet lord baby J I was right (I mean… I knew I would be). Here is her Amazon review:

FiveStars A travel memoir that never bores

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