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, May 18

woosh! i've now got ≥4 pages, 12pt single spaced, of what i guess i should stop calling a paper/project/thing since "paper" seems too pedestrian and refer to as my excuse for a thesis. (hey, it accounts for half a credit, and is potentially big enough to stop me from graduating.) that's i guess eight out of perhaps thirty ("yeah, or twenty, whatever" said the delectable prof. cothren) presumably meaning double-spaced though i think i'll do 1.5 with paragraph line breaks.

enough that i may well treat myself to a flic ce soir, and even, eventually, dinner. i'd been intending to work roughly straight through and get done tomorrow afternoon (?), but this has been so pleasantly process-over-product for me that i'm actually not in that particular a hurry, and i'd rather preserve my capacity for enjoying it, particularly if that means little enjoyments along the way. what i could really use is some yoga or a run (and food), so that may be in the works too (or in the running).

so far this paper has been almost overbearingly writerly - the bulk of what i've written so far is actually directly about words rather than art (though that will change soon!) i've been tacitly tabulating the intricacies of word's sometimes bizarrely arbitrary spellchecker, relishing how much i like words like "posit" (so useful, so cool), mourning the lack of interchangeable synonyms for "particularly" and "exactly," wondering: will one always continue to cling so to a thesaurus? as one internalizes a given array of near-synonyms will the drive for ever-more-exacting diction impel him ever further beyond it?

thank goodness rousseau is so fascinating, and thank goodness english is up to the task.

what could be more british than "here's a picture of me bum"?