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

Monday, November 11

after the wonderful warmth of the weekend, we have another wonderful weather day - a picturebook rainyday perfect for staying in bed. but since we can't do that, it's nice to be out too; it's still warm outside. the colors jump out, yellow and orange trees against the grey stonework. time is tightly budgeted at least until my paper tomorrow, and that is going to be a struggle. not sure from there.

i find myself eating too much at almost every sharples meal lately. (although breakfast today was just right.) this weekend was pretty low key, but it had nice moments. saturday flowed from interaction to interaction - lunch with zabby, hello to ester, and lying outside danawell reading with teddy brett-esborn (he: the letters of abelard and heloise me: nadja). i practiced for a long time (including shosta), and got cds and printouts from various libraries.

post-dinner - a demoralizing playsite game; a lovely bit of piano recital (rutberg on debussy, carlson on chopin); the tiresome assassins party (i have a nomination for "most awards"…) where i was honored as a "hall-of-famer", just for sticking around. an impromptu rendition of "ain't no mountain" in brigster's room. hannah and i waited for the haverford shuttle to go to a j-live concert, but it never came, because we were waiting in the wrong place. bastards.

instead we went to palmer for nori's little party (dark and almost exclusively male, until i brought the light and hannah. but she disappeared, and i followed her, and we watched "cabaret" in the lounge instead. which was fun. the movie is markedly different from the play, to great effect. adam and i discussed their relative merits (he thinks the movie is far superior.)

yesterday i did a lot of laundry and not too little reading and listening. enough, i think, i hope. ester and i went into the city for eight mile, which turned out to be a really good movie (i'll let her elaborate), and maybe an even better state-of-people conversation on the train. too-long sac meeting with interesting contributions from sbc jeff, and nice little encounters with joel and benjamin zapped my time, so i didn't finish the recommended article i wanted too, but it wasn't that helpful anyway.

she could have been the belle of ponderosa
but that was not the fat man's plan