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sunday recharge

This & That:

I know I totally flaked on recapping that last week of my August/September trip east, and I was working on it earlier this week, but find myself all sorts of scatterbrained. My goal is to write something up before this next venture. However, I'm leaving Friday and have a shit ton to do in preparation, so I don't know. Christmas card writing owns me right now.

While it may be nearly 80 degrees outside, INSIDE my house looks like a cozy little winter cottage! Oh, escapism. This house was beginning to frustrate me, which I find happens after a few months, but with the holiday adornment, I've fallen back in love with all the it's quirky charms. We bought the most beautiful Christmas tree yesterday, and I don't know exactly what it is about driving with a tree strapped to the roof of my car, but I like it.

Vinosity 2008. I'm campaigning for a new Saturday tasting tradition. Tastings are from 3pm-5pm, and I highly recommend. Plus they have a food menu each week to accompany the tasting selection. I'm a big fan, especially given the close proximity. I can pretend I live in a city where people walk everywhere.

Paris, Je T'aime. As the year dwindles to an end and "Best of" compilations are sure to dominate and invade media outlets, I'm trying to think of what I've seen this year and what has resonated with me the most. I guess with me, the offbeat usually hits the hardest, and as far as that goes, Paris, Je T'aime is the first to come to mind. Mainly because of the format. It consists of 18 short films by 21 different directors. With the increasing cultural emphasis on instant gratification and short, to the point entertainment, this collection of vignettes delivers. I like the idea of collaborative interpretations on one idea. The film's trailer really just makes me crave another viewing.

The interpretation that I found the most compelling, or that resonates with me the most considering I saw this in the Spring, is True. I like the differences between the couple, and that even without subtitles it's clear what is being expressed.

current obsessions:

Feist - We're all in the Dance

Liz Phair - Supernova

Lykke Li - Everybody But Me

Black Kids - Hurricane Jane

Bango - Geninha

The Turtles - You Showed Me

Soko - I'll Kill Her

Oh, and Coltrane Motion just released an amazing Bruce cover of "I'm Going Down," which is currently only on their myspace. Lame, yes. But worth checking out. I'm loving it.

I'm kind of throwing up this overloaded post since I don't know how much I'll post during the trip. A lot is riding on whether or not I get my camera fixed. If I do, I'd guess it will be mainly photojournalism style. In which case I may just post to fotki. We'll see.


Chad Hartigan said...

Paris je t'aime was really hit and miss for me. And in fact, the misses outweighed the hits. But it's worth seeing purely for Alexander Payne's short about the American tourist traveling alone. G-e-n-i-u-s.

j.s. said...

You're right and I had totally forgotten about that one. I rented it the other night, and Payne's short is superior by far. I especially love the subtlety in how her pronunciation improves in sync with her epiphany.