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Vox Audita Perrit, Literra Scripta Manet....
The heard word is lost, the written letter remains...
Got up at 1:30 this morning to watch the inauguration on CNN. I'm so tired, and I didn't make it through Obama's speech (I'll YouTube it in a little while), but it was worth it just to see him take the oath. AMERICAN PEOPLE, I am kind of jealous of your new leader. Not that I don't like our PM, but Obama really brings the awesome. Slightly miffed by coverage, but only because the Comedy Channel is lazy and screened a repeat of TDS tonight and are showing the inauguration special tomorrow. Boo on that, I say!

Libby and I went and saw Frost/Nixon on Sunday. Given the political climate at the moment and that the media have been assessing Bush's presidency, it was timely. Frank Langella did a very good job of playing Richard Nixon- he neither closely resembles or sounds quite like Nixon, but still becomes him. It was a very believable performance. Michael Sheen was excellent as Frost too, and I wish he was getting more recognition during the awards season. He's equally the star of the show in this. This is one film I would recommend to anyone, even those who might not be too familiar with Nixon.

After watching Frost/Nixon, I saw The Trial of Tony Blair on the ABC that night; after watching one film about a disgraced politician, this one paled in comparison a bit, and while it was intended as satire, it wasn't as cutting as it could've been. I'm a bit undecided on Robert Lindsay's Tony Blair; at this point I think Michael Sheen played him way better in The Queen, though I wouldn't mind seeing the other tv movie that Lindsay played Blair in, A Very Social Secretary (I'll probably end up seeing W. just to see how Ioan Gruffudd does it too, even if he looks absolutely nothing like Blair).

Work has been busy, but I managed to catch up with Rick on Monday to talk about the PhD thing. In the interest of keeping things thorough, he's suggested that I study the relics of maybe one saint. This would be a good strategy, focussing on one figure, but I'm quite tempted by the idea of two saints, just for the sake of comparision. I'm not sure- although I do know that I can't choose a saint that has been extensively studied already, like St. Francis, and I have no interest in studying relics related to Jesus/the crucifixion. Books on the exact subject are not easy to come by, though I have found a couple of books that might prove useful on Amazon. And I have not tapped into the resources on JSTOR yet, so that might be useful too.

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fannyfae From: fannyfae Date: January 21st, 2009 11:32 am (UTC) (Link)
We are all pretty jazzed about getting Obama in office. Thanks for the attempt to stay up and watch him take the Oath of Office. I did not get to see it because I was in training for work. However, it was also my son's 21st birthday and this is the first election he ever voted in. He messaged me to say, "Best birthday present, ever!" :)

With regard to the PhD thing, my son's godmother just got her PhD from MacQuarrie, she got her Masters in Egyptology at the University of Chicago at the Oriental Institute. Her Advisors also said to study one thing with a specialty. For whatever reason she got directed to the music of the Coptic Church and its ties to chants of antiquity. Right now, after graduation she is probably the only expert on the subject even within both the Coptic and Catholic Churches and has already been contacted by both Discovery Channel and others in Egypt to assist with various things.

An aside, both Muse and Scribe are looking forward to further interaction with James and with you if you are still of a mind and schedules will permit for either of us. I just have one more week of madness and I do believe things will start to settle down to normalcy. :)

Edited at 2009-01-24 07:39 pm (UTC)
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