Juno/Candy Girl -A Year In The Life Of An Unlikely Stripper

Boy this is a mistake…

It’s 2:39 in the morning and I’m setting off to write this post. Never a good idea for me to do anything creative late at night (or in the wee hours of the morning) because it more than guarantees that I will be up a few hours past the completion of whatever project I’m tinkering with. Thus 2:39 + 20 minutes to write it, takes me to 3:00 (I taught math) and add a couple hours = 5 a.m.

So as I said, a bad idea.

But oh well. Who gives a shit. I’ll be dragging ass tomorrow.

Juno

Saw it last night. And I will get to it, but I am going to start off with Candy Girl first. -Starting off w/ Juno was an attempt for the small gathering here to firstly identify w/ Juno and then scratch their heads at the second half. If I had started with ‘Candy Girl -A Year In The Life Of An Unlikely Stripper, I may have lost your focus and you may have missed the recognizable ‘Juno’ all together.

But they are very much related, which is why I am posting them together.

They are both written by Diablo Cody.

First off.. ‘Candy Girl’. (And one of the reasons that I’m starting w/ this one is because I read the book first.)

I first saw Diablo Cody on Letterman and was a bit drawn and slightly repulsed by her. Repulsed is a bit strong (repelled?) -and repelled in a style that reminds me of that red-headed annoying comedian whose name I can’t think of right now. Now that chick is actually repulsive, but Cody had a hint of that during the interview, but she also had a strong presence of real talent or something interesting that permeated to the surface. Enough so, that I googled her later that night (this was a few months ago) to see more about her and came across her book, ‘Candy Girl’.

Anyways, to cut more to the chase I bought her book and here’s my review.

To summarize, it is a memoir of her years working as a stripper in a city I now can’t recall. Somewhere in the Midwest. Actually I think it was Iowa. Go Hawks! And what made it interesting is that she ‘explored’ this ‘profession’ via curiosity as opposed to desperation or the next logical step to being diddled as child by a sick uncle. She was college educated. Working a relatively good job and scratched an itch about a world she was curious about. I kind of respect that. Actually I totally respect that.

And this was the most surprising part to reading this thing. I had to keep a dictionary by my bed as I leafed through the pages.

Now take a second to let that register…

I usually read with a dictionary not too far from reach when reading certain books. I.E. if I am reading a heavy text…I can’t pull one up off the top of my head…maybe some…shit, fuck, I don’t know, invent one for yourself…but in reading a heavier text, I may come across a word that I am unfamiliar with or flat out had never seen before, every ten or eleven pages. And if I’m feeling motivated, I will pick up the dictionary to learn and immediately forget a new word.

Fine…

Now with ‘Candy Girl -A Year In The Life Of An Unlikely Stripper’, I hit one of these words on average of two per page. And the humor of that realization was not lost on me.

A stripper book had me repeatedly reaching out for a dictionary with an imagined similarity to a drunk mechanically reaching for his bedtime scotch.

And for that reason alone, I dug it.

She writes in a whirlwind style of language that actually reminds me of Dave Eggers. -Which reminds me 4, I would recommend it to your friend Amy (not for stripping but because of Eggers). And Dave Eggers by the way. His ‘Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genius’ is unmatched for me thus far. Loved that book. Some people love Sedaris, but I think he pales in comparison. I actually don’t even like Sedaris.
Anyways, I found the first 100 pages to be excellent, but found that I was close to losing interest by the end. Still definitely a good book.

Which brings me to Juno…

And it’s 3:00 a.m. Took twenty minutes to write up to this point. Shit how much did I write? I have yet to check.

Now I saw Juno last night (or is it two nights ago now?). Great movie. However, unlike the book, my affection grew for it in reverse to how I liked Cody’s ‘Candy’. I started off almost annoyed…GOT IT. Kathy Griffen. That’s the repulsive red-head. No miracle ‘annoyed’ triggered it.

I started off a bit annoyed with the movie. It was like Cody’s writing style/voice rang in each character’s voice in a way that wasn’t believable. A certain dialogue that didn’t make sense for the characters involved. However after thirty minutes or so I felt that it all gelled and turned out to really be a touching and well done movie with really great moments of acting and directing.

So…if you haven’t seen it, get to it. It’s definitely worth checking out.

Grade: A-

3:05. Didn’t pay too much homage to Juno. That’s alright. I’m surprisingly getting tired. Have a good one.

BN

*By the way…the new photos under Flikr are our Earclops’ Hall Of Fame. We’ll be honoring our esteemed colleagues more appropriately once JH has more time to reconfigure our site.


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