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

Tuesday, August 5

i left work late - got there on "time" too, though like yesterday (when i took the birthday girl out to gobo and astralwerks and a made-to-order thunderstorm) i spent a good chunk of the day out of the office; picking up boxes, lunching lavishly, employing the postal service - and got off at clark st. to see if i could catch ester at home, technology having failed us. showing up in person didn't work either (again, i didn't know which button to push), so instead

i walked over to the promenade, and watched the upside-down sunrise. the sun emerged from beneath a low-lying thundercloud into the gloriously peach sky. it never quite made it out fully as a complete circle, because before the upper edge cleared the bottom of the cloud, the lower slipped behind a slimmer cloudstreak that bisected the distance to the (terrestrial) horizon. it had already completed its downward rising by the time i remembered i had my camera in my bag, but i took it out anyway and tried to capture what i could. (i haven't been using it nearly enough this summer; this will mostly have to do for documentation.) maybe it's cause i'm still such a new york rookie, but i can't take in that view, looking out into the harbor, without thinking of "american tune."

so, i know this is unconscionably geeky, and maybe bordering on wankerish (or wanksterish? what is that?), but: i downloaded of all the songs on this list - even the (count 'em) five that i already had in my collection, i downloaded, so that they'd all be nice cruncy authentic mp3 - and assembled the prescribed mix. it turned out to 80:30, just a tad too long to fit on a cd. maybe i'll edit out the end of GUFO. anyway, it's a fun listen. and perhaps the best possible use for filesharing software.

how come i feel so washed up at such a
such a tender age?