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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Q: Who is "The Girl?"

A: Lisbeth Salander.

Some time back we discussed Stieg Larsson's excellent trilogy "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo." "The Girl Who Played With Fire," and "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest."

Now they have made a movie of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo."

If you want to see this movie, about the nearest towns now to catch a flick are in Paragould, or Jonesboro.

You might want to think twice about loading up the mother-in-law, and the wife and kiddies, to see this movie, because "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" is not Pollyanna revisited.

Some scenes in the movie are not true hard core pornography, but probably close enough to satisfy harsh critics at one of those late night stag movies shown at college fraternities.

"The Girl," played by actress Rooney Mara, is Lisbeth Salander. Lisbeth is - how shall we say........different.

She has short, spiked hair, several tattoos, including one of a large dragon on her back, and more rings on her body than a shower certain. She appears a victim of a genetic disorder, vapory thin, and sallow cheeked.

It's only when the dragon on her back is shown in full-color nudity that you begin to realize she's not as skinny as you thought she was. Women have a wonderful capacity to do these sort of things.

Lisbeth is the victim of a society gone wrong. Being vulnerable since childhood, she can be had.... and is had abusively.

Lisbeth, however, is not one to turn the other cheek. Having a memory bank meaner than a three-tailed scorpion, she turns the tables on her number one abuser, making him highly regretful of being born.

It's not apt to be unnoticed that Lisbeth Salander is also a genius. She can make a computer stand up and dance' and has investigation skills that would make Sherlock Holmes blush.

Joining forces with a discredited journalist, Mikael Blomkvist, played by actor Daniel Craig, they go after the bad guys in grim determination, with Lizbeth using her normal blow torch style.

Any romantic interest between these two is slow to arrive. As shown in a previous scene, Lisbeth has doubled up her chances for a date on Saturday night by being eagerly bi-sexual.

Blomkvist stumbled by accident into the scene representing the lesbian side; so he is understandably surprised when later on Lizbeth seduces him.

He is interested, but more than a little confused. It gives him the best line in the movie which is: "I'm not so sure about this."

It wouldn't hurt to read the book before seeing this movie. The plot is somewhat difficult to follow, but has plenty of action and suspense. It all works out, however, with justice being served, and undoubtedly setting up a sequel that would have to be " The Girl Who Played With Fire."

Q: Is technology moving fast today?

A: Faster than a speeding bullet.

Back in 1931 the Englishman, Aldous Huxley, wrote "Brave New World." This book envisioned a world some 500 years into the future.

If you look at this book today you might be amazed at how close we have gotten to Huxley's imagination, but in only 81 years.

Our technology is zooming past any time clocks.

If you observe young people today you will see them pecking away on strange looking instruments, and oblivious to present society.

They seem always to be interested in what's going on elsewhere than the world in front of them.

It's all part of a technology binge that threatens our way of life. It is quickly changing our reading habits.

In the January 2012 issue of Southern Living Magazine, writer, Rick Bragg, has an article called "Words on Paper." Bragg says here that he knows a great many people this winter will be reading books that run on batteries. He says some woke up Christmas morning to get an iPad, or a kindle, or a Nook, that will hold a whole library on "a doodad the size of a guitar pick."

Bragg says that these people are at least reading. But he deplores the way they are doing it. He says he wants his whole life surrounded by books that are bound in paper, and cloth and glue.

The world is probably zooming by Rick Bragg. In Atlanta, GA now they have a phenomenon called "Doc in a box." This is an alternate to the ER's, so with a minor injury you can drop by and see a Doc.

Thinking about this you can imagine one day dropping by a drive-in library and picking up several books in containers no larger than a tooth pick.

Then you can take them home, soup up the batteries, or plug them in, and enjoy reading. They don't look like books, don't have that special smell of books, but they are books.

It's hard to envision a world in which newspapers, magazines, and books, are all enclosed in little plastic "doodads" as Rick Bragg says. But it seems in seems inevitable.

They can have it!!!!!

Rick Bragg is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist. He also the author of several books, including one entitled "All Over But the Shoutin'. It's a wonderful book about a very strong mother, who Rick dearly loved.

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