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, January 20

get busy child. it's shopping period again. this morning i went to french 4, bio 2, and northern rennaissance art, none of them totally scintillating (although bio seems like a big party) and then to the bookstore where all kinds of other courses beckon with their reading lists. so we'll see. i really don't know how it's all going to shake out.

i was going to tell you about all the people i encountered on my day of travelling - the airtran security guy who in the course of our five minute exchange bragged about his trip to russia, told me the plot of tommy boy, and asked me about my sat scores; the brit photomonteur/city art critic next to whom i sat on the plane and with whom i had my first ever substantial 'single-serving friend' conversation, about art of all things (he said he'd try to check out martha's senior show this weekend); the mismatched group of folks (thankfully all leftish) with whom i caught a taxi-shuttle-van from bwi to union station, most memorably the self-righteous plaid-panted liberal who whined about everything from airports to pharmaceuticals to our compatriots estimates of rents in providence, and wondered aloud if she would see her 'old friends' from fugazi at the march tomorrow - but there's so much else to talk about.

i spent a lovely twenty-two hours or so at unicorn lane, including lovely shabbes dinner with blooms, rosenthals, rosenblooms, blumenthals, etc. and also the perfectly charming jamie (who according to ester has a 'long-overdue romance' with the also charming adam.) charmed. despite ester's assurances, we couldn't find any good movies on tv (just a bewildering fifteen minutes of lara croft, tomb raider and david letterman asking, twice, whether it would float.) so we went to bed.

next: an enjoyable drive up in just under two hours, listening to three feet high and rising and the first disc of a petty box, passing some cars on their way from florida, flying flags and painted up for the big game. it seemed like i saw almost everyone who had been abroad, and almost nobody who was here last semester - except for the thirty or more who gathered at the ogden toke bogey for laurel's 4th annual soup thang. that was delightful, a perfect way to return, especially as it was surprisingly low key (more mingling, less squealing.) good food too (i especially enjoyed the salad.)

i didn't do a whole lot yesterday other than wash my sheets, tidy up my room, and visit with a few folks (rebecca, rabi). i went to sharples for lunch and there were literally only six people in the whole place (apparently nobody else knew it was open; i had cereal and chatted with alejandro), and then i went for dinner, which was a whole different story. i listened to matthew sweet's blue sky on mars, which is underrated (even by me) and has some scarily appropriate lyrics for my current situation. and, eventually, i saw hannah. she's great, in case you were wondering. she made me the delightful matching scarf and mittens that you'll see me wearing around campus. please ignore what you might have heard. we're seeing how it goes, and it's going pretty good for now.

nothing i say or do is enough
everything fits but the size of my love
out of proportion and into your drug