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A Beautiful Mind: 11/27/06
Since I began reading A Beautiful Mind the question I've been asked most is: "How does it compare to the movie?" The simple answer: I don't know. I have not seen the film and after reading the book I have no desire to either. Even after having read the entire book from cover to cover and looking at the scant number of photographs included I come away feeling like I've learned very little about John Nash beyond what I already knew.
The first third of the book serves more as a who's who in Nash's life than as a biography of Nash. Even Princeton University has a chapter. Princeton is a fairly well known institution, it doesn't need to be introduced as a character! The second third covers all of Nash's sexual exploits or potential exploits with men and women. Yawn. The final third deals with his mental breakdown and the people who tried to help him pull out of it. The final third was the most interesting piece of the book but it comes too late to save the book from being an over all dull and pointless read.
It has rained on and off since yesterday. When we woke up, the sky was cold and clear. Now at noon, the heavens have clouded over and opened up. Of course it started raining right when Ian is trying to come home with groceries.
Sean has a new sweatshirt with a hood (the typical "hoodie" that youths in Britain are always in trouble for wearing) which he is proudly wearing to preschool today. I'm glad he's wearing it with the change in the weather. His yellow jacket has lost its hood and it is too small now anyway.
The recently planted herbs are very happy with the recent rains. We have cilantro, dill and parsley growing now in the pots. The cilantro is tall enough that we've harvested some of it and it was very tasty. It will be some time before we get to harvest the other two herbs.