screen time

January 20, 2020

I love going out for dinner with a friend. French fries. A Cabernet. Three, four hours of uninterrupted, juicy conversation. Equally, I love not going out for dinner. And not talking. Sometimes, movie dates, are the perfect date. Yesterday, my friend Maryam and I whizzed over to the cinema for an impromptu, late morning screening of the Susan Sontag documentary. We grabbed teas, (popcorn for me) and had five minutes to natter before the trailers kicked in. During the film, we giggled at all the same moments. A little dog yapping in the audience was one such moment. As we walked out into the crisp, cold daylight, richer, fuller and more educated for having seen the film, we threw some first impressions at one another. And then minutes later, parted ways. Sometimes, it’s nice not to talk. Sometimes, it’s nice to share an experience that takes us away from everyday life. A yoga class. A concert. A walk through a museum. An hour or two of one’s day. Where the focus isn’t on each other’s faces. But rather some other face, on a screen, on a canvas, in the sky.

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