Nov. 7th

I lolled in bed watching different musical clips on youtube. I have seen A Throughly Modern Millie on Broadway, but never really checked out the movie. It is the best kind of meta-crack: the old exposition cards, the self-conscious use of slang, the girdle jokes!

I was reminded of that Wodehouse quote: 

I believe there are two ways of writing novels. One is mine, making a sort of musical comedy without music and ignoring real life altogether; the other is going right deep down into life and not caring a damn.

 Anyway, back to Millie.

How amazing is this line?

“I really must callous-up. Starting tomorrow, I’m going to be unspeakably fatal.”

That is what I should tell myself every night before going to bed. Why? Because that goal is the exact opposite of whatever thesis goal I have set for myself.

What is better than this scene?

From the paint/applesauce exchange, to the process of inventing one of the fad dances that the 20’s were known for, it is a goofy delight. Just lovely.


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