Wednesday, August 18

Saw Coffee and Cigarettes tonight. A fine picture, on the whole. Meandering and uneven, but as good a portrait of a certain kind of social awkwardness as I have seen. I thought the best segments were "cousins", "cousins?", and the one at the end with the old men I felt I should recognize and the Mahler song.

Have been reading the journals of Thomas Merton, very slowly. I'm at once fascinated by his view of life and bothered by his intense devotion to the Church. I keep hitting referents and thoughts I should take the time to follow up on - or register my disagreement with.