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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

Wednesday, May 14

used to be i would see movies and then write capsules on them up here. well i saw one tonight and one last night, feeling like forever since (for feature-length anyway.) so i go:

gimme shelter is much more than just a concert film, as i thought (though it is great for that too - shame there isn't more concert footage in it really, which is an odd wish for a vaguely story-driven piece). it's fascinating as a historical document of the dissolution (really, the sudden death) of the love-generation spirit, also as a fantastically light-handed but powerful piece of documentary filmwork. part of what makes it incredible is how fortuitous its making was - which loses none of its effect by having the horrific conclusion revealed up front, which sets up a vantage point kind of outside of time. devastating too to see it from mick's perspective, the sense that he was feeling just as bewildered and almost powerless as anyone there. (for those who don't know, as i didn't: it's about altamont. if you don't know about altamont, all the more reason to see this film.)

that was last night: the shape of things was tonight; lizo and i selected it from six or so films that we'd barely or never heard of, after we realized that our play didn't exist, mostly (for my part) on the basis of e.c.'s involvement and that the title made me think of "the size of thoughts." should have known better because i hated labute's last one. no, it wasn't so bad. enjoyable certainly, though partly because it's just nice to see a movie. i more or less guessed the "surprise" ending from the first scene (so i really hope that it wasn't supposed to be that big a surprise. i won't tell you, just in case.) it deals with some interesting ideas, but i didn't have much to say after, because it turns out they're not all that interesting, or maybe the film just predigests them a bit too much. i did like much of the dialogue, if sometimes for its artificiality. (best line?: "i don't know that reference.") but on balance the best part of the movie was the music, though i could have done a better job editing some of it (sloppy bass into "pony st."; i really liked how they used the falsetto slow part of "almost ideal eyes.")

why is it that whenever i think about brooklyn, the song that comes into my head is not "brooklyn (owes the charmer under me)" but "the boston rag"?

i won't walk with my head down
beyond caution where lovers walk