With the recent passing of actor Peter O’Toole, I was in mind to watch How To Steal A Million, one of my favorite movies. I fell in love with this movie before Netflix, before cable, before Blockbuster video rentals. It was being rerun one weekend afternoon, and my mom said I might like it and asked if I wanted to watch it with me. I don’t remember how old I was at the time. Fourteen, maybe? But she was right. It’s not only my favorite Audrey Hepburn movie, but it’s probably in my top five movies of all time. Style, romance, humor, art, and a caper. I do believe it shaped the type of books I now write.
Either because of this particular incident, or because it’s woven into my DNA, I like to share the things that I discover that I think others will like. When I watch a little known TV show from the seventies that I think a friend of mine will like, I tell them. Sometimes, if I really really really trust them, I’ll loan out my copy. (Three “really”s because I’ve been burned by this. Curses on you, Moses, for never returning the first episode of The Prisoner! And Louise, who still has my copy of Down With Love! And Kevin, for not returning Danger: Diabolik!) Okay, scratch that. No more loans.
I think we all get bogged down with the idea of gift giving during the month of December, and the pressure is on to not only find something someone will like, but to wrap it and deliver it on time. But why should we limit ourselves to December? Why not share those things we fall in love with, those movies, books, TV shows, plays, musicals, and bands that ignite something within us?
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