I've been trying to get through a lot of accumulated email from mailing lists. See, when I download my email, my good friend Outlook Express sorts it into different folders. Each mailing list has its own folder. I read my inbox (the main folder where non-list mail goes) every day, with only occasional lapses, but many of the other folders I am less likely to read regularly. I had no idea just how sporadic my list-reading had become, though--yes, some lists had been read recently, but some had unread messages dating back to May or June (and in one case late April).
The good thing about reading old email is that you don't even have to think about responding to any of it because the conversations ended long ago. The bad thing about reading old email is that once in a while you realize you missed something important. (Doesn't happen often, which I suppose says something but I'm not quite sure what.)
Anyway, enough true confessions.
I stayed up until 4 this morning, watching Turner Classic Movies; they specialize in actual old
movies (unlike American Movie Classics, which has apparently decided that nothing made prior to 1975 is worth watching, and mainly seems to focus on the 90s). Even the occasional silent or foreign film. Last night they showed a German movie from 1943 called Munchausen
. Since I enjoyed the relatively more recent film on the same theme (The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
) I was going to watch this one--and it was a pretty good movie, definitely a movie of its era, but imaginative and nicely done, very entertaining. (I guess I have to read the stories the movies were based on at some point.) Just as interesting was the history behind it (there's always commentary before and after movies on TCM)--the movie was commissioned by Joseph Goebbels
, who was impressed with all the fantasy films coming out around then (Wizard of Oz
and so forth) and wanted one made in Germany. But (unlike many films made under the Nazi regime) the filmmakers were left alone to create for the most part, and there's apparently no propaganda or political content in the film. Definitely worth a watch if you get the chance.
I am trying, as a personal thing, to discipline myself to write at least six lines every day of heathen devotional prayer. We'll see how well this works in the long run :).