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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

Friday, December 6

the glorious overnight snowfall that continued throughout the day was glorious to be sure, but somehow not enough to stem the onset of a low pressure system here, either an expanded version of the thursday night depressions or else a case of fin du semestre malaise. or a combination. i'm fluctuating today, but i've been feeling dreadfully aimless. it's worrying about the future, short term and long; i need some kind of activity or project, something to keep me occupied over break and for the next two weeks. but i also just have a lack of energy and motivation.

like i'm supposed to be having a party tomorrow night (with ben, but i haven't been able to reach him all day) but my heart just isn't in it. presumably i'll get excited about it some time tomorrow. anyway, tell your friends - snowpants darty in the wrc, 10-2. hot cider and maybe gingerbread. or that would be nice. hopefully i'll feel like dancing then.

the tiny bit of work i have now (writing a short theatre piece in french) is wholly uncompelling for some reason. yes, i have a paper and a take-home final to deal with in the next two weeks, but both are short and won't give me too much distraction. but that won't get much sympathy around here. perhaps next semester i'll have more of a workload, and i'll be intellectually engaged again, and i can stop feeling guilty about it.

well, but let's talk about the good things in life: the snow (combined with my lack of obligations) has afforded some glee - fantastic sledding with flurie yesterday, down the steps of the belltower to sharples patio, on some of the sleds that seemed to appear out of nowhere (the ville? do swatties have sleds?). and snowfighting and falling in the crum with hannah this afternoon. and, it does make me happy. i'm especially glad for those who are seeing snow for the first time - this is such an ideal first snow.

band practice yesterday was really great, even though we're not going to play in sharples next week as per the original plan (matt thinks we won't be ready, and we argued for a long time.) some great new songs ("we were once invincible" is very catchy) and revisiting old ones ("takeoff" with the dd5 and my new verse about travis morrison, and "radical 2.") man, it was so much fun to play again. looking forward to more rehearsals coming soon.

a long-in-the-works hanging-out with rabi last night was fun if low-key. we sat in her swell parrish single (which is just what you'd expect from her website.) she waited patiently while i perused her neatly methodical cd collection, which has a lot of overlaps with mine, but also lots of things i don't know at all. (naturally.) she joined me for radio to play "snowy music" (as opposed to reggae, except in the case of that one hrvatski song), which turns out to encompass all kinds of songs. we tried to find songs about snow, without a whole lot of success. there was one that was on the tip of my mind the whole time (because it was on her shelf) but i forget to mention it: "snow showers" by trembling blue stars.

ah me. i'm going to the dance concert and road to perdition. maybe passivity can be a surrogate for activity.

which bag did they come out of
and how can i get in it?