Sunday, March 27, 2011

Old Best Friends and Soul Songs

Had a really delightful, silly time last night with some of my favorite people and oldest friends, two of whom indulged me a great deal by letting me play soul songs and dance around the basement for at least an hour. Of course, then I had to help both of them walk the five blocks to my house and nurse them back to health with offers of a warm den, water, and cupcakes, but I don't mind being a caretaker of debauched people, luckily. Anyway, maybe it has something to do with spring being in the air and all that, but I have had soul on the brain and these are a few things I have been really into lately:

Monday, March 21, 2011

I am working my way through Carlos Saura's flamenco trilogy right now; last night at the Nelson house I stumbled into the first one, Blood Wedding, and tonight I watched Carmen. I hope to see El Amour Brujo tomorrow. Carmen was good (such incredible dancing!), but I preferred Blood Wedding--while I enjoyed the textual interplay and overlapping "realities" of Carmen, the sparseness and subtlety of the set and dialogue combined with emotionally intense dancing in Blood Wedding were totally amazing.

Also, it helps that Antonio Gades is the sexiest communist ever.

Anyway, it's always nice to come across things I like, especially when it sort of happens by accident. And since I've somehow managed to see The Room AND Troll 2 in the past month, it was heartening to watch something that's actually, you know, good.

Bonus: There are a ton of opera references in Ulysses, and the ones about Carmen just got a lot more interesting.

Saturday, March 19, 2011


Minor Threat does not stop being cool after age 16.

Still great.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Not to push it, but

The Dum Dum Girls are so good! I haven't been excited about a lot of music lately, and I am embarrassingly under-engaged in both contemporary literature and music, but these cool ladies are just continually impressive to me. And dang, I liked them to begin with, but then I found out they did this!


I am skeptical of Smiths covers as a rule, but I think this is an excellent example of how to do it right. 

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Important Questions About My Life

Why does Ira Glass have to be my parents' age? Whyyyyy?

Joe and I have been watching the TAL television series lately and oh man. I just love him.

I have a few other, similar questions after seeing the Men's Style issue of the NYT Style Magazine today, this photo spread in particular. Anya, if you ever read this, it looks like I have no right to make fun of you for your thing for old dudes anymore. Guilty as charged.

And the other question:
Why did I stay in bed until 1:30 today? WHYYYYY?

Monday, March 14, 2011

Today I Had An Idea

That sometime (over the summer?) I want to re-visit and possibly write about a bunch of movies that I watched constantly when I was a kid. Many of them are definitely bad, most of them are probably really weird, and I may still enjoy a few. A preliminary list:
  • The Secret of NIMH
  • Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea
  • We're Back (dinosaurs!)
  • Homeward Bound
  • An American Tail (and Fieval Goes West)
  • Swiss Family Robinson
  • Land Before Time (though Tanner continued watching these up to like the 43rd or whatever, I will stick to the first one)
  • Back to the Future (first and second)
  • Calamity Jane
  • Milo and Otis
  • Fiddler on the Roof (I will watch the whole thing, but as a kid I rarely watched the second half)
  • Bringing up Baby
  • Meet Me In St. Louis
  • Grease
  • Fantasia
  • The Little Princess (pretty sure this is hella racist, in retrospect)
  • The Secret Garden
  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Pride and Prejudice (Colin Firth version, obvs)
  • The Three Lives of Thomasina
  • Mary Poppins
  • At least two Jane Eyre movies, though I'm not sure which ones
Movies that I didn't necessarily enjoy or watch a lot, but that have haunted me since my child-self saw them:
  • The Last Unicorn
  • Watership Down -- this movie ruined my life
  • That weird animated version of The Hobbit
  • Little Nemo (what was the actual name?)

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Writing Advice

The comma. At this point in my life, I am over-zealously in love with commas and all of their wonderful functions. A huge part of my recent work on the Augsburg Honors Review editorial board has been duking it out over a shitty paper that refuses to use commas, and that experience, paired with one frantic night of editing my former room mate Anya's history paper a few months ago,  has really made me realize how much I love them and how important they are. The Review submission in question totally neglected commas, and it made the paper a disaster in my eyes--it was almost unreadable, because I could never figure out what the author was saying. I am the first person to admit that I have become a huge asshole/enthusiast over nitty gritty grammatical stuff lately, but I really do believe that getting the little stuff right leads to better writing overall. The past two semesters in the writing lab have taught me more about the importance of nitpicky shit, like punctuation, than any academic experiences over the course of my life.

Unrelated: Chloe or Tara, if you are reading this, I am eating noodles with Braggs and parmesan right now. I love and miss you, your crazy home, your wonderfully insane parents, and the foods I always ate with you.