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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

Tuesday, June 22

i dreamed the best spike ever. multi-media. spike is more than just a magazine, it's an exhibit/installation. an apparently circular building, with the exterior in the familiar cover style: black and white photography, in this case of some rough stone-work with metal brackets and stuff (taken by rajaa, i was told), with the title in colored (dark purple) text: "wessler." oh yes, mr. nate's life-size image was also in the photo. part of this exterior could slide away to reveal another circular layer with more b&w imagery, including pictures of sam and gerrit, with a caption like "these guys are too random" (except, it was funnier than that.) maybe one more layer and then you enter into a medieval interior, all stone and laid out like a small church with a few extra chambers, but set up as a museum. visible down the first main corridor, some life-size (and full-color) statues of swarthmore students (incl. a. scarborough, i don't remember who else) and other non-color statues, images on the walls. you could walk through and look at things, and there were tensabarriers and directional signs but not really any clear way to progress. the exhibits that were set up throughout the space were mostly not particularly funny, although some of them had good ironic captions. i guess it was mostly just really impressive as an endeavor. and the gift shop area was neat. this was outside, behind the circle building (which was actually ashton house, completely transformed.) they had lots of nice t-shirts for sale (in sizes from XL to "hoochie"), and a little area where people had made altarlike 3-d photo collages of themselves with clothespins and various sort of votive objects. i think addie had made one. and there was a textual edition of this issue of spike too, although it might have consisted of a moosewood-published cookbook by elisabeth rozin with lots of writing but only one recipe.

anyway, i thought it was pretty amazing.

alright. i'm back in swarthmore now, after a standardly nice weekend in wanakena. we made a valiant show of using up much of the $30 worth of produce junction produce i had brought (=a heck of a lot of produce) - highlights were peach-and-blueberry pie (although the fruit could have been riper), much guacamole, and karl's krostini koncoction. it was so green up there, i felt like i'd never seen it that green. maybe i just haven't been there at this time of year in a while. karl drove all the way up and back (around 7 hours each way, with stops and detours, although i think it could be done in not much more than six under ideal conditions.) i really enjoyed hearing his tapes: criminal minded, mecca and the soul brother, jawbreaker, a doc watson live album, and a guitar heroes mix tape with hefty doses of jeff beck - it's cool when folks are just as into music as i am but our specific interests somehow manage not to overlap very much. we also took turns sitting out on the fireplace patio playing our guitars in the mornings - he played "i want you" and "over the hills..."; i was playing some early wilco stuff and warren zevon.

i'm hoping to go to new york this thursday, so if you are in philly and want to see me it should be before then; conversely if you're in new york it will have to be after.