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

Sunday, January 12

mmm. i surprised myself by feeling entirely comfortable on the ice, going backwards more fluidly than maybe i ever have, and forwards certainly with more ease than i had anticipated. considering, at least, i haven't skated since the last callery-nazar skating party, two years ago. these events are a remnant of a period, back in the mid-90s i guess, when our family and theirs, or at least some constituents thereof, would head out every sunday for figger-skating lessons (the dads practicing their "precision driving" skills on the way.) my dad and sister stuck it out longer than i did (my mom and i started a sunday night movie tradition instead), and the nazguls longer than them, but now it's just this once-every-january (or so).

aijung, linjung, martha and i were some of the first to arrive, after a semi-productive session at volunteers of america - i tried on well over a dozen pairs of pants without finding any that fit me, but i did get a belt and a kinda neat jacket (my folks disagree.) i put it on in place of my sweater, which i wore as a scarf. skating is inordinate fun, even just going in circles. and the hot chocolate was just right. this was also a chance for me to say hello to assorted friendsofparents and parentsoffriends (the three questions on everyone's mind: how are you? how's school? how long are you home for?) and of course there was one hotshot sk8er girl (jr. high?) who knew all the moves and left pretty curlicues in the center of the ice.

the rink is outdoors, and it was 20 or so out, so a lot of folks skipped that and just came for the potluck afterwards. the regular fixture there is our adorably tacky little plastic model of a snow-dappled skating pond, with four little skaters that circle around on their magnetized tracks. the game i play is to figure out how to position the little freestanding nonmagnetic snowman so that each of the skaters pushes him along in turn to the next. it's hard - i don't think i've ever done it. the little sleeping dog seems to be missing this year.

jonah's coming tomorrow. dunno why i'm up now, reading fast food nation; trying to teach myself to play "everything reminds me of her" (easier with the cd than with the tabs.) <yaaawhn>

so leave me alone
you oughtta be glad
that i'm getting good marks