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, May 15

train in vain

(anybody know why that song is called that? my dad wants to know.)

so, the 48, scheduled for 8:08, is 1:13 late, while the 8:52 282 is :05 late. since the former was supposed to get to new york over a half hour faster (arriving at 3:25 instead of 4:40), it now seems like they should both arrive at around the same time. so we'll take the earlier faster train that leaves later rather than the later slower train that leaves sooner. sound good? a: forty-two.

i'm in rochester now, having hitched a ride up with dad, jodymartha (six months yesterday) and eddie s. on thursday. very nice vacation except/as i haven't done much of anything. marthy and joda both had finalfinal papers due last night at midnight, which they've pretty much finished by now but spent most of the weekend playing minesweeper instead of writing. meanwhile i've been failing to apply m's "system" for four-suit spider. around my family is the only time i ever ever play computer games, since i don't have any on my 'book and didn't all through college, which still kind of amazes me. also, played my first two games of chess in ages (hm, might be a bug.)

we had a truly exceptional fine-dinin' meal at the new-to-me rio bamba one night (seriously, it rivals the best meals i've had in fancy philly places - pretty much everything was wonderful, certainly of course the ahi tuna and the orange parfait, but the seared foie gras with strawberry-rubarb compote was especially memorable and unusual) and some greasy grub at the 'lac-fest the next (where also i ran into mister cohen, my hands-down hippest h.s. history teacher.)

and we saw hitchhikers - not so bad, i thought, pretty good fun, all considered. fidelity-wise, the added arthur-trillian romance didn't bother me that much - remember, it's not entirely invented, it's just not supposed to happen until slatfatf, which i tend to think of as one of the best ones, possibly even the best novelistically speaking. the added (and wholly newly-devised) middle section was too much like boring rote science fiction action nonsense, even though it was kind of cool that they go to vitvoodle six and vogsphere (love those crabs), and pretty unnecessary, except in the sense that come to think of it there really isn't that much plot in the original book. also, the closing segue into restaurant is improved upon, which is nice but not saying much. what else...the guide animation sections were sort of weak. oh, and didn't you think zaphod's character was made much more one-dimensional and less appealing? i really didn't appreciate that.

anyhoo. so it's pretty soon we're off to enwhysee, to play with some of you for a little bit, then phila tomorrow. because...on tuesday...i start my new job...! which i might as well tell you at petit 4 pastry studio, pretty much the awesomest sweet shop in town, which owner joe describes as a sort of zen studio-cum-"haven"-cum-school and oh yeah a business as well. what will i be doing there? they're going to teach me how to be a baker. is that the most exciting thing ever, or what? so psyched! ha yeah.

he's telling all of those lies
he swears he's never told before
but i doubt it