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

Thursday, November 14

this time it was a little annoying - i missed 830 french for at least the third thursday in a row, i think because hannah reset the alarm incorrectly. french class is good these days, too, despite ridiculous volume of grammar - future, conditional, subjunctive, constructions and more in about two weeks. we (presumably) started discussing huis clos today. to make up for it, i went to bach class, which was actually interesting, perhaps due to the novelties of recorder technique and a 750-pound delivery.

this week i have thought several times of posting and then the better of it. the week contained a paper: written, turned in, handed back, in two days. contrary to expectations (at least, expectations until tuesday morning or late monday night, when i started to realize that i did have something to write about after all), writing went very quickly and smoothly. i had re-read nadja the night before, which was fun and helpful. of course we didn't talk about it very much, and we talked a lot about the unrelated other readings which i hadn't read all of, so that made seminar just okay. but it was interesting anyway. i was happy with the paper, though it was too long and there was more i wanted to talk about.

my foot is better, and also worse, than it was. dancing two nights didn't help i think, and perhaps yoga didn't either, but i can at least do things. after dancing on it tuesday, i wanted to go to paces but instead ended up playing improv piano for at least an hour with mr. bhardwaj. i started on lower registers, including "sunny side" and tried to do a montuno thing, then we switched, melodies creeping out, best of which was "rainbow." we spent about twenty minutes riffing off of "so fresh so clean," which as it turned out quodlibets perfectly into "the way you look tonight."

what else? playsite is bugging me out - i haven't been able to complete a game after many many attempts this week. i don't know what's wrong. hannah and i watched waking life last night. good movie, and i'm thinking about getting the dvd myself (even though rob has it) because i want to watch all the commentaries.

there's been a steady stream of package arrivals, at least one per day, and i never know what to expect - cutting-edge texan punk, dirty south rap, piano pop-jazz, venerable afro-funk, british second-wave ska, icelandic electro-weirdness, brazilian singer-songwriter, architecturally-inspired brooklyn laptronica. and my perhaps-favorite movie on dvd. life is sweet. i feel good. i feel better than james brown.

she don't work here no more

i think she might be working over at the other store

i haven't seen her for a whole month

are you a friend of hers or what?