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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 6

yesterday barely happened.

i got up (yes, first at 8, briefly, to give directions which hopefully worked out okay, since rae hasn't called in distress. perhaps she's lost on the mbta because her fare fell through the cracks, or whatever) at around 2:30.

list of activities, which in writing make it seem like much more happened yesterday than it felt like when it was happening: i called some cd duping places for Dan that were all closed on the 5th. read some more simon, and picked up the Borges collected fictions (first half of which i read last summer) again, read through all of The Maker in one sitting. And cleared off some more mp3s from my computer (realized i had accidentally deleted some that i would have rather kept, but oh well.) I spent a long time reading stuff about Mulholland Dr. on the 'net, especially the pieces at salon and pitchfork (the 'fork piece is still the best i've seen - check it out if you've seen the film and are still curious.)

even days that don't exist tend to have evening activities which pull them into reality, so no day can fall away completely. we grilled up some salmon and veggie burgers quick and dashed out to see Minority Report. I enjoyed it as a vision for fifty years in the future - they almost did a good job of integrating mostly believable futuristic stuff with realistic continuation of stuff that currently exists. except it isn't really integrated; its segregated by scene almost as much as gender in Mulholland. Because I'd been thinking about that film so much, I was approaching this like another "puzzle movie." and i was working so hard piecing it all together and keeping track of the details in order to figure it out that it was annoying to have the movie explain everything so neatly at the ending (essentially as i had already concluded.) of course, in this film, predictability is kind of meta.

for the most part, i thought the ideas and themes were interesting and worth discussion, but sometimes the movie was dissatisfyingly unfaithful to them. when big themes get sacrificed for entertaining but pointless humor and action sequences. the ending is like this in that it allows a discrepancy in the "rules" that have been established (the pre-cogs' accuracy) in order to have a happy resolution for the people involved. to make sense, it seems, we have to presume that all pre-visions are accurate up until just moments before the murder, otherwise their fallibility would have been seen in the past. right? anyway - it's worth seeing. the scoring is funny, and the cast is good (tim blake nelson!)

i'll write later about the forth - barbeque, fireworks, darkness, rae's visit. and sometime i should tell you about cars and computers. but now i'm going to pick up my sister. she's at Cheers.

all's for the best and the best and we left so