While we were in Georgia, Jane texted us a picture of a kitten that had been dumped at her house. Did we want him?
Well,we weren't sure, but how do you say no to this face?
He's a boy, so we named him Jesse.
Maybe he was named after one of the two main characters in Richard Linklater's trio of "Before" films.
If you haven't seen the movies, here's some only slightly spoilery background. In "Before Sunrise" (1995), the first film, Jesse and Celine meet on a train, then spend the night walking around Vienna, talking about life, love, religion, and the city. At sunrise, as Celine boards a train to Paris, they hastily vow to meet again on that platform in exactly six months.
But when we next meet Jesse, in 2004's "Before Sunset," nine years have passed, and he's in a Paris bookstore, signing copies of his popular novel, which is (not very loosely) based on his one night encounter with Celine, whom he hasn't seen since. Celine appears at the bookstore, and the two of them spend the afternoon before Jesse' flight walking through Paris. Celine explains why she didn't meet Jesse at the rendevouz nine years ago, and they quickly launch into talking, picking up right where they had left off.
In the latest addition to the series, this summer's "Before Midnight," we find out where Jesse and Celine are now. Like the other films, this one unfolds in a single day, and Celine and Jesse's conversations over the course of the day are personal, intense but often humorous discussions of work, ambition, parenthood, jealousy, and sex.
This summer we re-watched the first two movies with David and Kinsley, which was interesting, because they're about the age that I was when i first watched "Before Sunrise" - in their early twenties, like Jesse and Celine are in that first film. The four of us also drove to Indy to see the newest installment in the lives of Jesse and Celine in theater. The movie was painful to watch, but so brilliantly written and acted.
I was going to write a review of "Before Midnight" for Christ and Pop Culture, but Jack suggested we review it together, through discussion, a very Jesse-and-Celine thing to do. If you want to peek into our dialogue about the movies- what they reminded us of, how we related, what we want to happen next, you can read our emails.
Or if you mostly just want Jesse-cat, here he is too.