Tuesday, August 24, 2010

eat pray love then what


(just I minute let me backup a little)
Are my comments better than most of my posts?

I don't know but I love the interaction on comments. It's a good example of diversity at work. I'll write something with my background thoughts and a reader comes along and gives me a different angle on the topic. Diversity provides those different view angles. If we can agree to disagree, we are doing fine.

I've said before that if you don't like what you are seeing, you could move to a different position. It's easier to go around the mountain than moving it.

Now don't click over to some other blog just yet. This ain't no mountain.

I think you would agree that comments come from your reaction to the topic at hand. It's not like you spend too much time thinking about the wording of the comment. Well at least in comparison to writing a post. OK, I believe my blogger friends think before they post.

I want to throw something at you. Ready?

So here's a topic I've been thinking about and hope to get some reaction in the comments. You could help me understand.

eat pray love ===>>> shop shop shop

Since I didn’t read the book or see the movie, I am totally qualified to review both. Seriously, the media cable news channel talking heads comments about all types of things they have no clue about, so why would I be any different?

Actually, I did watch a clip of the author, Elizabeth Gilbert, giving a very inspiring speech at the TED conference. The clip is over 19 minutes long (about 18 minutes more than most internet users attention span) so here’s a link.

Just guessing about what I don’t know (my wife believes that’s a favorite occupation of mine), but I think Elizabeth Gilbert wrote her memoir without any idea that it might be a movie someday. It is probably a better book because it was written without concern for the marketing of it.

Is this a memoir about finding yourself through shopping?

I imagine not. So what "a-few-clowns-short-of-a-circus" marketing team decided to turn "eat pray love" into a shopping event. Isn't that insulting to women?

I found a good post about this over at  The Urban Cowboy.

so click, read, comment - got it?  good.

Also here's a funny and insightful review of it from Lewis Black:

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Kristina P. said...

I'll have to watch the clip when I get home. But I have to admit, I wasn't really a fan of the book. I found it rather boring.

secretagentwoman said...

I started to read the book and found it so boring I quit in the middle of the first section. And not only was it boring, it struck me as remarkably self-indulgent. I don't want to read about someone with money reveling in luxury.

Jillsy said...

I haven't read nor seen it....and I probably won't considering the reviews and comments!

Bearmancartoons said...

I'm with the bean.

savannah said...

the lewis black was hilarious, sugar! i had no desire to read the book and now, even less to see the movie. xoxox

Cheeseboy said...

I watch EVERY Daily Show. How did I miss THIS?! It is hilarious! EPL, LOL!

Unless my wife FORCES me to see this pile of garbage by withholding SOMETHING, I will never, ever see it!!!

(I will probably see it.)

And now I need to go apply my Gellato Body Wash.

OneStonedCrow said...

Eat Pray Love - never heard of it, ... thank goodness 'cos after reading your review I felt like someone hit me in the head with a cattle prod, ... mind you, I think these shopping networks could probably be compared to psychological cattle prods ...

OneStonedCrow said...

ps ... yup, you were right ... one minute of Elizabeth Gilbert was all I could handle ...

TechnoBabe said...

Wow. I have Eat, Pray, Love and have read it a couple times. And I then read the next book Committed. So I have enjoyed reading Elizabeth Gilbert's writing. But I had not checked her out beyond reading her books. I watched the video you linked to and then watched another one. I think Elizabeth Gilbert shares her gift of writing with everyone and I for one do not resent her for making money for writing books that encourage people to work on their own individual personal growth. I like trying to be the best I can be. And people like her encourage me to do that.

M.E. said...

It took three attempts but I finally finished the book, and found it somewhat entertaining. I saw the movie (alone in the theatre surrounded by little old ladies with too much perfume)...and found that somewhat entertaining.
My review: wait for the DVD, and only spend $1 via RedBox : )


lisleman said...

somewhat entertaining - over perfumed ladies or the movie?
Love Redbox

lisleman said...

First since you read her books, you have much more knowledge on this than me. You may have misunderstood my point - it's the marketing idiots trying to cash in on a inspirational book by selling body wash that I find ridiculous. Also, I don't know but suspect the movie missed the point of a memoir by an author who appears to be very smart and articulate.

lisleman said...

psychological cattle prods - now that's a new marketing term!

lisleman said...

If I understand it, that Gellato body wash should have your wife all over you so you'll be able to skip the movie. Unless you need a rest.

lisleman said...

Thanks no problem - just ask I always have an opinion.

lisleman said...

Thanks no problem - just ask I always have an opinion.

lisleman said...

Thanks no problem - just ask I always have an opinion.

lisleman said...

People with money and their life problems is the subject of many a dumb movie.

lisleman said...

If I had even looked at the book, I suspect I would find it boring too. But that's just my taste. From the little I know, the author appears to be very smart and articulate. I would just find the topic boring. We have different taste and I like books that many find boring.

Kristin_The_Goat said...

I read the book, but I didn't really want to finish it. For some reason I did finish it though and I'm glad that I did, so I can for sure remember that I don't want to read it again. I saw the movie tonight and I really liked it - but I like Julia Roberts, so she made the movie for me.

The Lewis Black clip was a riot! I had no idea that there was so much EPL marketing. WOW. I must be living under a rock. Oh, I forgot, I'm not a shopper :)

Thanks for pointing this out.

tracismixedbag said...

I watched the movie and it encouraged me to delude myself the way all the other chick flicks do only this one's real. You mean, if I go across the world I'll find a man who drives a jeep that looks like Javier Bardem? Hmm. Then I looked up EG and realized her husband doesn't look like JB and wondered who would play my husband in the movie of my life. Which makes me wonder what would be the title of my life? Blog, Take Care of the Husband, Work. You know what you are Lisleman? You are a prompt King in my book. (Queen goes to my friend Muse Extraordinaire Jill Badonsky.) http://www.themuseisin.com/

lisleman said...

hey thanks - being a king of anything is better than the pauper with nothing.
Oh the movies - I'm still waiting to be called for the George Clooney look-a-like part.

Guest said...

Oh, I knew you watched the video and that you were speaking highly of her. I
had never heard her speak before and I was so glad to listen to her and she
made sense on the video.
People will attempt to commercialize anything if they think they can make
some money doing it, won't they? You used the right words: marketing idiots.

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