Wednesday, August 18, 2010

eat, pray, throwup a little in your mouth

i haven't read this book or seen the movie, and yeah... i won't ever. if you don't know the premise, it's about this woman that gets divorced and then takes her settlement to go off and find herself. so she goes to countries that begin with "I" (to find her inner "I" is what i'm told, and i just stabbed out my left eyeball.) she should've gone off to countries that started with "me" - like mexico? well, she starts with italy (eat), then india (pray), then indonesia (help all those poor people... my right eyeball is now gone.)
but admittedly, i'm a hater at heart. so i didn't like this book when i first heard the title. and why would julia roberts agree to be in this thing?



she is really too cool for this movie. and i know yall are out there questioning me for saying that julia is 'too cool' but have you ever seen her in the orangutan documentary? i never liked julia till i saw her in this. here is the best clip from it, and she is awesome:



and she also did the amazing doc on the wild horses of mongolia. if you've never seen it, here is a clip. i think the seattle public library has it in their collection, so put it on hold.



after seeing this documentary i immediately added mongolia to my list of countries i wanted to visit. but i just know i'd get off the plane and run around asking everyone, "where's julia? where's julia?"

well, let me get back to where i started. i woke up this morning to hear this fascinating report npr. (basically, that 'eat pray love' relies on orientalism and stereotypes to create its magical story,) and i thought, "finally, someone has legitimized my need hate 'eat pray love!' woo hoo!" and here is the link so y'all can hate "eat pray love" too, (and maybe even vomit a bit in your throat.)

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129254808

8 comments:

Chandra said...

i read the book...
it does make you want to throw up a little...or a lot

Jordan said...

I totally agree. I generally like chick flicks--OK, who am I kidding--I always like chick flicks, so I wanted to like this movie, but I just can't bring myself to read the book or see the film. What I have done is read a half dozen reviews, interviews, articles, etc. on the film and in the end I always end up thinking this is really just a story about an entitled white woman with gobs of money to throw away who thinks she she is seeking "enlightenment" in the East but who apparently really just wants a good "roll in the hay" and/or a new boyfriend, as per usual in her life.

Danielle said...

Eh, we can probably thank Oprah for this book's popularity...which of course adds to the throw-up factor.
Nice post, Joseph, I had a good laugh and could hear your voice as I read it. :)

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Ann said...

ha, ha Joseph. I will continue to steer clear. I'm pretty sure npr interviewed her for her new book recently and that interview was kind of making me think about watching the movie...don't worry I won't.

katie Maynard said...

I had forgotten about your fascination with Julia!

The author could have also done a tour of Self Absorption in South America. Egotism in Egypt.. My Best Friend is Black in Burkina Faso..

jrm said...

hahaha! yalls comments are hilarious. and jordan you said it best with the "entitled" word. katie what about MOI in Monglolia? not as good as yours, but i tried. ann, her new book is called "committed" - and remember there is some confusion as to the possibility that is referring to a legal committment to a hospital. well, oprah is ending her show so i'll end this comment.

Jane Says said...

i loved the doc on the wild horses! i've actually thought about watching it again -so good to know it's at spl.

jrm said...

jane, if you like that one, then you gotta see the other one on the orangutangs! and can you believe i almost got 20,000 hits on my blog???