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, December 13

i'm on my third (and loudest) listen to "playthroughs" today, and i think i'm starting to believe the hype. maybe i should try it with headphones next. as i sit at my desk, the speakers are both to my right (as opposed to on my bed, where they're centered), so that's a bit of a problem.

i picked this up (a promo with kranky's trademark complete lack of art) from a stack of neglected review copies in the phoenix office when i went up there for my reapplication interview yesterday. funny thing; after i explained how, although writing record reviews was really my main interest, i was willing to occasionally turn out some living-section feature articles if it was necessary, they decided to do me the 'favor' of not hiring me as a living staff writer. instead, they're happy to print my reviews every week. i'm scratching my head for a way of interpreting this other than "keep writing for us, but we don't want to pay you anymore." sorry, ester, for paraphrasing my e-mail.

well, if they want to keep their $75 (yes, due to a 50% pay cut at some indeterminate point in the semester, we're being payed for the equivalent of 10 hours of work) i guess that's okay. but they really ought to treat me a little better if i'm not working for pay. and i think i'll let them know as much. meanwhile my real pay keeps coming in. black heart procession and large professor, along with oodles matchbooks and stickers.

last night was the surprisingly enjoyable SAC dinner. it ended up taking a little over four hours, all told - the drive to Vinny Testa's (a classy-ish family eye-talian chain imported from Boston, famous for its big portions) was about a half hour, and on the way back Jenny Yim took a detour through her neighborhood to show us the feuding christmas lights houses, which were certainly worth the extra fifteen minutes. Our group of eight (three 'pillars of power', two semi-quakers, a reformed bully, and a virginian or two, plus me), in the manner of affable folks who can speak as though they represent the whole of college experience, found enough of interest - sports, regional differences, educational politics, troubled-childhood revelations, drinking games, and mockery of people who think a five-page paper is a lot of work - to keep the conversation going for long after we had filled our stomachs past the point of comfort (even the oversized appetizers would have been enough, but i kept at it through to tea and stratified spumoni.) and like every other table in the plus-sized restaurant, we found a birthday to fabricate.

for bizarre nights of juxtaposition like this one, if for no other reason, i hope to stay on sac next semester. i'm not sure why it's even an issue, but apparently i'm going to have to defend the virtues of my memberhood sunday night. wish me luck.

well, after that wholly fulling experience, i sat back in mark's den of a room with a rum-and-cider, and that about did me in for the night, except for a pleasant brisk wee-hour walk to pitt singing "all i want."

today went as planned - s'more studying and then my seminar takehome final (eh, i spent 1:40 of the allotted 2 hours, and my interest definitely flagged towards the end, but i think it was adequate; i guess we'll see what happens) - until this bummer: edith called and said she's miserably sick. the plan was to go into the city to meet her for dinner and orchestra 2001 in the kimmel center (i've never been!). it would have been so nice. but no dice. even my sure things fall through. well, it's sure raining hard enough for a rain date. so now i can choose between the 4 (and counting) parties that are going on on/around campus tonight. and the dangerous imp, i guess. so, so, sharples.

what am i saying? i'm not even chinese!