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

Saturday, February 8

last night was really nice: hannah and i went to see the hours and then to eat at the white dog cafe, which i've been hearing about since freshman year. the food was not spectacular but quite tasty, (i had the last item on the menu - just count the words on that thing) and it's a very cute place.

as for the movie (which got duly dissected over dinner) - i think it gets better towards the end, which is too bad because i had started to lose my focus in the middle. at first it just all felt so inevitable (because i'd read the book), which was distracting. another problem: i watched it very shortly after getting out of class, so i was thinking about the characters and situations in Freudian and Lacanian terms (and poorly understood Lacanian terms at that), which was also distracting. and maybe it was just me but it seemed like the earlier dialogue was kind of stiff. but i definitely enjoyed the period sets and stuff (what a fun movie to do continuity for!). i think i agree with people who say that it does justice to the book, but i'm still not convinced that its a book that should be made into a movie in the first place. still, on the whole, i enjoyed it. it's interesting to follow the parallels and see where they break down. lots of great actresses (plus john c. reilly playing his usual role, just about.) lots of kissing.

on the train, we heard some folks talking about utopia ("some book some guy wrote"). one asked the other: "what's your perfect thing?" hannah decided hers is border collies. i think mine might be dancing. who wants to go dancing with me tonight?

i've been listening to early XTC and trying to pretend like i know something about HTML. here's what i've got so far. coming soon: onward and upward!

she claims she's found a way to make her own light
all you do is smile, you banish the night