some birds are funny when they talk








Stuck in my Head
"Kiss Me Harder" by Bertine Zetlitz
"Hot" by Avril
"Brain Problem Situation" by They Might Be Giants

Now Reading
Number 9 Dream by David Mitchell
Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage by Alice Munro

Recently Finished
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by David Eggers
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
Mad Tony and Me by Carl Hoffman
Sweet Soul Music by Peter Guaralnick
This Must Be The Place: Adventures of Talking Heads in the 20th Century by David Bowman
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Movies Lately
4 Months 3 Weeks 2 Days
Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts
Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour
2 Days in Paris
United 93
The Savages
The Bourne Ultimatum
Sweeney Todd
The Departed
What Would Jesus Buy?
Ghost World
I'm Not There
She's The Man
Lars and the Real Girl
Romance and Cigarettes
No Country for Old Men
Into the Wild
I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With
Across the Universe

Shows Lately
Damo Suzuki/Stinking Lizaveta @ Mill Creek
Death and the Maiden @ Curio
Devon Sproule/Carsie Blanton/Devin Greenwood/John Francis @ Tin Angel
Assassins @ The Arden
Oakley Hall and the Teeth @ Johnny Brendas
Isabella and Flamingo/Winnebago and Map Me and Gatz and Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven and Sonic Dances and Strawberry Farm and The Emperor Jones and No Dice and Hearts of Man and Principles of Uncertainty and Isabella and BATCH and Addicted to Bad Ideas: Peter Lorre's 20th Century and Car and Sports Trilogy and Explanatorium and Wandering Alice and Must Don't Whip Um and Festival of Lies and A Room of Ones Own and Recitatif @ the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival/Philly Fringe
Martha Graham Cracker and Eliot Levin and Kilo etc. @ the Fringe Cabaret
Lullatone and Teletextile @ Boulder Coffee [Rochester]
TV Sound @ the M Room
Aretha Franklin @ East Dell, Fairmount Pk.
Romeo + Juliet in Clark Park
Daft Punk @ Red Rocks
Spoon @ Rockefeller Park
Ponytail at Pony Pants' House
Mirah/Benjy Ferree @ the 1UC
Tortoise @ World Cafe Live
Hall & Oates...ish
"Nuclear Dreams" - Mascher Dance Group, x2
The Four of Us @ 1812
Machines Machines Machines Machines Machines Machines Machines by Rainpan whatever
Mascher Dance Group/Nathaniel Bartlett
Cornelius @ TLA
Sloan @ World Cafe
In Fluxxxx
Slavic Soul Party!/Red Heart the Ticker @ I-House
the Fantasticks @ Mum
Peter Bjork + Jorn/Fujiya + Miyagi @ fkaTLA
John Vanderslice @ Johnny Brendas
The Books & Todd Reynolds @ 1UC
Into the Woods @ LPAC
The Fishbowl @ the Frear
Caroline, or, Change @ the Arden
Low & Loney, Dear. @ 1UC

Saturday, July 13

i have only a couple of problems with telephones - there's my chronic reluctance to leave messages, which isn't really that strong, and then there's something i've been wondering about lately: if someone else answers the phone, is it okay to just ask for the person you're calling, or do you have to make pleasantries with the person who answered, if you know them? of course it seems sort of rude not to acknowledge them, but it's sort of beside the point, no?

anyway. in general i think phones are good. i've had some good productive telephone calls today; two in the morning with alyssa and rae were striking in their contrast - reminiscent of that part in high fidelity where rob remarks on the contrast between two phone messages. i'm sure most of you remember that.

okay, i lost that thread. dan took me out for, er, breakfast, at 3 or so, to this big empty colorful place where they put focaccia and cheesy-garlic-butter-oil on your table. we got big salads and made lists of things to accomplish, his in long technical descriptions that i only partly understood.

my mind today has been on the future: if all goes well, i can go to new york this weekend (thursday?) for the siren festival, and drive up to wanakena with rae. i called delia to find out stuff (relevant for two reasons) and i think i'd just rather stay at wanakena anyway rather than saranac - it feels nice and elitist to stay at my own place with its peace and quiet and beauty. you're welcome to come too (seriously - sunday through tuesday or thursday or whenever.) hopefully that works out.

the other part, which is kind of annoying, it turns out we don't go to vermont until the 17th of august, which means we could see beck on the 16th, except that now we've found that out (of course i finally had to call delia myself because dan never got around to figuring it out) there are hardly tickets left. rrgh.

but maybe i'll see dj shadow tomorrow night. that seems likely. and maybe i'll see los lobos, cornelius, and american analog set later on. oh yeah, and something else.

my thoughts are scattered, can't you tell? my energy isn't in this.

and further on than that.

movies to comment on: The Majestic is too long and is completely superfluous, but it has some nice boogie-woogie piano. and Jim Carrey reading the first amendment. it's cute. darabont must have just decided to make it as capraesque as humanly possible.

that movie has only one thing in common (length) with Atanarjuat, which rebecca and I finally saw yesternight. man, that's a movie. They should have translated the title as "run atanarjuat run." hee hee. (i need a better blog-laugh). i recommend it wholeheartily if you're interested in seeing a three-hour epic (mythic undertones, like the Arthurian legend, we thought) about inuits. It stands out, i think, because there aren't very many of those. and really, what could be cooler?

after that movie, bec and I walked home, played a few rounds of speed scrabble (good game) and had some iced lollies. Ruth came home with $100 in poker winnings (it turned out all of her opponents were high, but still, with 25-50 cent-1 dollar stakes, that's rather a killing) and let me drive her car back to watertown.

I made a tape for Rae - an Elvis Costello compilation called "The King Sings "Alison" and other Sentimental Favorites by Popular Request." I think I need to make myself a copy too - it's all very emotional material, some of his best singing, and lots of unusual choices, thematically arranged (to make you [melt] on one side and [shudder] on the other.

here are some things that are very high on my list of likes at the moment:
+ Rufus Wainwright (whose second album i've been listening to a lot since i first heard it yesterday)
+ …Kavalier and Clay (almost halfway, and it's big! - It's Ruth's copy, so you'll have to come up here and get it, miss)
+ singleness (in the abstract)
+ tempura ice cream
+ communication
+ Rae (even more so if she can use her car)
+ t-shirt

okay, that was fun. I'm listening to the 3-cd box set "The Philly Sound: Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff, and the story of brotherly love (1966-1976)" right now. Carla and I are supposed to hang out today, but she hasn't called me back.

I am your stupid lover
your wretched goon