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

Monday, July 16

youth and beauty brigade

1. the drinks i invented (and drank) on saturday night

i) "light and stormy"
• light rum
• Goya® ginger beer
• lime
• a bit of tonic water to mellow the bite of the ginger beer (!)

ii) "beteljin"*
• beet juice
• gin

iii) [untitled(?)]
• slightly melted homemade vegan mint chocolate chip soy ice cream [soy milk, soy creamer, sugar, telephone brand agar powder, free give-away local organic mint from the co-op, chocolate chips, peppermint schnapps]
• vegan chocolate soy ice cream
• soy milk
• peppermint schnapps
• creme de cacao
• bailey's irish cream
• ice cube
• garnish with mint leaf

iv) "jewish sangria"
• manischevitz concord grape juice
• raspberry vodka

so, this sign, or, art, is on second street, just south of spring garden:

(my favorite part is the "T")

i guess it should make me think of james blunt or something, when i go past it, but it makes me think of death cab.

well, and it makes me think: yes. indeed. hurrah. everyyou is, and can probably stand to be reminded. so thanks, thanks for risking corniness to bring us this special public service announcement, o unknown artmaker.

a little while ago i noticed that folks had started tagging, writing on, graffiti-ing, defacing, what-have-you, some of the letters. and i thought: now that is brilliant - whoever comes along, and whether they merely observe or if they choose to contribute, say, or defile, as you will, the artwork - which, after all, forms a blank slate, a large flat white expanse for whatever may come - they are perpetually affirmed in their beauty and worth, and by extension the beauty of their actions. the art, by the statement it quite literally embodies, welcomes all comers. and, beautifully, no matter how many people pile on their tags and messages and drawings, the original content=form of the piece can never be obstructed/destructed, because it is just delineated by the edges of the letters, which are simply attached to the fence.

now, i didn't suppose the artist(s) had this in mind - if they had, how terrifically cool, though if not, the serendipity is perhaps even more so. but i eagerly hoped that people would continue writing on it, and be inspired by others' examples to make their own increasingly varied contributions, thereby becoming simultaneously affirmed and themselves affirming, and creating an ever deeper and multivalent work. public art, indeed!

i biked by yesterday, on my way to pick up the tickets i'd won to see the decemberists, and i noticed that all the grafs had been painted over, in individual blotches. in a white that didn't match the white of the sign(!) it put me in mind of the subconscious art of graffiti removal (watch it if you haven't!). and there is a certain to this palimpsestuous art-upon-art-upon-art, if you want to see it that way. but i liked my idea better...oh well. you are beautiful.

she said "it's hopeless
i'm a slut for the new york times"

*didn't actually invent this on saturday, but i came up with the name then.