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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

Saturday, October 18

since i'm up and posting anyway, i'll do some backblogging (this backdating function is so handy.) i want to tell you at least a bit about the rest of the trip, and what happened after.

on friday (the last day) i went to basel while the rest of the gang went to geneva. there had been some mildly tense and frustratingly arbitrary decision-making process the day before that left me a bit at odds, and i changed my plans at the last moment. as i wrote in a postcard on the train up north, passing some upstate-quality foliage colorage, it was good because • it's always nice to take train trips (especially in europe) • it's nice to be spontaneous • i like doing things by myself (such as exploring cities.) it was definitely the right choice, not least because i was up bustle and out long before the geneva crew.

and, basel is a swell city. actually, i didn't get to spend much time in the city proper, as i took side trips to two museums on the outskirts, the suburban foundation beyeler, which is basically an impeccably ideal paragon of a modern art museum in every aspect (now showing: more klee), which was a cute tramride away, and the austere vitra design museum, which turned out to be just over the german border (so i got my change in 'oyro.' they even came on the bus and checked our passports on the way back), and was i guess pretty germanly severe and intense. i really enjoyed their exhibit on breuer, especially the way they presented his architecture.

apart from figuring out how to navigate the public transport system (and a hairy moment when i was trying to get back to the train station quickly and kept finding myself in the middle of unexpected superhiways), i did get to walk around the old heart of the city a while, and check out the marketplatz, and the tinguely fountain, etc. great record shopping too.

back in cortaillod, we ate at le bufet du tram, which had been built up the whole trip (the folks went there before we arrived, and kept talking about how good it was.) unfortunately, i was struck with a fluke stomach diseasiness (i attributed it to too much late-period rothko in the morning. those pieces are so intense; they make me pretty upset for some reason.) right after our appetizers arrived, so i basically didn't eat very much and didn't enjoy what i did eat.

but that's okay, because it was almost vindicated by my lunch (or something - what meal is it that they serve on a seven hour plane flight that takes off at noon and lands at 1pm, before they dim the cabin lights for a few hours and then serve something like breakfast right before you land?) the next day, which was without question the best airline meal i've ever had. it was a good day for a travel day: some weirdly blissful moments in the early morning - bss on the deserted autobahn to zurich at 4am, and sitting in the departure lounge listening to loop-finding-jazz-records drinking rivella red. and, inflight, i finished both ulysses and lord of the rings.

homecoming was a bit rocky - first our baggage took forever to turn up, then i was locked out of my apartment (and i even had my key), so i had to break in through the kitchen window. there was nobody here, and my motivation to do a bunch of things disappeared somewhere. i'd had some designs for the evening, but i went to sleep instead. oh well.

my office glows all night long