It happens to be Colin Firth's 58th birthday today, which is not the reason that I began reading Christopher Isherwood's book A Single Man just this very morning - that is just a coincidence. It does seem strange to me that I didn't read the book around the time Tom Ford's movie came out in 2009 - hard to believe that movie is nearly a decade old now isn't it?
Anyway like I said I just started the book this morning but on Page 16 there's a terrific little passage that somewhat made it into the movie (seen here) but it's better in the book so I'm going to transcribe it for our reading pleasure:
"The living-room is dark and low-ceilinged, with bookshelves all along the wall opposite the windows. These books have not made George nobler or better or more truly wise. It is just that he likes listening to their voices, the one or the other, according to his mood. He misuses them quite ruthlessly - despite the respectful way he has to talk about them in public - to put him to sleep, to take his mind off the hands of the clock, to relax the nagging of his pyloric spasm, to trigger the conditioned reflexes of his colon."
I hope there's less of a wait for Tom Ford's next movie than there was between this one and Nocturnal Animals - I know many (most) of you didn't like NA but I'm one of the few who did - I liked it quite a bit actually, and I think of it weirdly often. And hey that's another movie with a prominent toilet scene! I wonder if we've maybe stumbled upon a thing of Tom Ford's, y'all...