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

Friday, October 4

today had very defined good parts and bad parts.

the bad:

• [if today can be extended into the previous evening, which i think it can since it's evidently being extended into tomorrning: a few pieces of bummy news about breakplans which shave a day off the inbetween ends of two trips - wednesday iceland packages disappeared and rae couldn't get off work tuesday]

• in the theoretically good morning, i found myself locked out of my room. i could have sworn i'd left the door open, with srn flowing into the shower. i found dorothy the cleaning lady to help me out, but not before

• i managed to smash my head in between the wall and the shower door, leaving a still-tender impression on my eyebrow.

• bach class was cancelled, so i went to mccabe to start the dada reading. that's when i realized that we have well over twice as much as usual for this week. something like 700 pages, and many of them large-format, albeit with pictures. but what's up with that?

the good (which weigh-out way the other):

• scrabble. in one of three games, i scored a 526. it was ridiculous. i bingoed thrice, with dEPRAVED and DOORWAyS, though my ester my special opponent helped by agreeing not take the space i needed to play TRIDENTS. i had all the tile luck, although she squeezed out some lovely words too, including a bingo. it's only fair, she's beat me the last three times. and i had just forcibly resigned a game i was winning.

• iceland. rob and i purchased our tickets. three nights, three short but superexciting days. can't hardly wait.

md55. dukakis is a fantastic speaker. funny, engaging, passionate, looking very good for 70, and i agreed with almost everything he said. sarah and i sat in the front house left section which was dominated by administrators (we were in a two seat radius from gross and eldridge), and it was interesting to hear their side comments (at the end: "i'm glad i voted for him," they all agreed.)

• hannah. was in kcb during (lackluster turnout, i played TONGUER against sarah c.) scrabble, trying to study for her two tests the next morning. but we got to chat and wander for a while too.

• radio. though i don't know what sort of audience i had, at least i was enjoying myself. here's the log:

drums and tuba : the mummy

no. 2 : pop in c
salako : look left
imperial teen : city song

guided by voices : they ‘re not witches
guided by voices : as we go up, we go down
frank black and the catholics : california bound
cornelius : brazil

blanket music : move (p)
blanket music : hips (p)
lispector : nobody cares (p)
sahara hotnights : fall into line (p)

cibo matto : working for vacation
solomon burke : diamond in your mind
solomon burke : the judgment
the twilight singers : king only

skeleton key : kerosene
arto lindsay : pre-feelings

“collective wsrn” id

edith frost : easy to love
the mountain goats : scotch grove
the mountain goats : horseradish road
spoon : small stakes (p)
everything but the girl : the heart remains a child

mad professor v. massive attack : eternal feedback
rufus wainwright : greek song
french kicks : down now (p)

the walkmen : we've been had (p)
freakwater : good for nothing
the jacksons : enjoy yourself (mistake)

fuck : one lb of in
the o'jays : now that we found love
the soft boys : unprotected love

brad mehldau : exit music (for a film)

in a funny moment of parallelism to the day, i left parrish into the 2am grogginess and realized that i didn't have my keys. or my wallet. or my heatmiser cd. or U. i found a kindly public safety officer, who reminded me of prof. weinberg, to let me into lpac, since i figured the keys must have fallen out of my big flabby green pockets during duke's lecture. but no good, so he radioed himself over to k3 to let me in here as well.

the cd was in my room, and i counted up my tiles to find not only U but five more AWOL; probably and hopefully they've invaded suzanne's set. and this morning (duh i'm writing this on friday) i traipsed early to the amphitheatre on that hunch, and sure enough my keys and wallet had spent the night there, a bit dewy but not the worse for it. they ought to teach you this in sex ed: if you're going to make out outside, you should check the area for your belongings afterward.

the way everybody's voice
comes out muffled when they speak
the way we take our diminishing inventories
month to month, week to week

the maria callas records
on the stereo all the time
you're gonna get yours
and i'm gonna get mine