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, February 8

lesson #1: the el stops west of 30th only take exact change, fool.
lesson #2: you've just got to let things thaw on their own. no rushing with the microwave.
lesson #3: ninja ski thugs don't wear sunday pants.

how about a weekend update?

you might remember it was bucketing friday - the right weather to dash (splash) home after a fairly interminable film class (also, good songsmithing) and cook up a nice comfy shepherd's pie to share with the friends of moment (the one with whom i've been bedtime-reading a.s.o.u.e.; the sicko who rocks our collective world.) through puddles again to bringing up baby, which was as hilarious and even sillier than i expected, and maybe even more fun for the people who knew the jokes beforehand. when i got home from that (after a stop at lodge 6, where the cider had been stolen), lo(be) and da(da) were still there, so we had some oh hell with our "standard issue" sundae-bar cookies.

laura and i wrestled with the kitchen a fair amount saturday morning (we emerged somewhat victorious, though we bloodied well over a dozen implements trying to improvise raspberry sauce), but despatched the timesmag acrostic rather more handily. i did the normal things (reading about cathedrals, devising subject lines) and then made a fair go of sabotaging the morning's baking. what emerged was a spirally x-mas-ort version of the chocolate vinegar cake, with 21 red hots and a candy cane which after several attempts was set aflame for birthdave mcc at his non-surprise (?) party.

which was swell: dave moore came up with the brilliant idea of playing musical chairs, which nullified the shortcomings of djing through the olde club system player (one deck = no transitions, but with stop/start you don't have to worry about that.) so that turned out to be a pitch perfect dance party, with paul's boutique to wrap it. the "girls girls girls" party at beta ro nu was also nice (though not quite with my mood.) they weren't kidding about the girls.

up early today and went into the city to meet matthew stark for brunch at a trinibagan hole-in-the-wall (curry fish platter with rice+peas and more, rotis, ginger beer + awesome reggae = mmmm) and bumming around 52nd street (his haggling skillz brought us an average of $2 saving per transaction.) then dashed eastward to catch triplets of belleville at the bourse. hooray for that! charmant! fantastique! you should all go see it, fuh real. i might go with you too, because i missed the beginning (what's with the like fifteen-minute ticket line? they need to hire someone more to work the 2:00 sunday box office shift.) but yeah, it was everything you hoped it would be (except, too short…) then: a.k.a. (whose used section always seems to have exactly one thing i want. but yo, phindie costs a dollar now? what up?), and market (missed the 4: b/c i thought it was at :26 not :17, so i used the time to buy blanks and read "rain.") it felt good to be spending cash.

since then, there was co-op and mccabe (wearing headphones without listening to anything through them is the new wearing headphones) and bridge or rather whist, and fugue alone.

circumstances made me what i am