Happy President’s Day (i.e. three-day weekend!). I’m pretty certain this day off is what the Founding Fathers were most excited about.
Read it. I read Steve Martin’s new book, An Object of Beauty, which was an engaging, slightly tragic tale of art collecting in the late 1990s and early 2000s. It comes with pictures! More books should come with pictures! (Also, is there anything Steve Martin can’t do?)
Saw it. This might be the first time I’ve ever said this, but I like the parts of the Grammys that I caught this year! Any Dylan in my life is a good thing, and it was great to see these young bands freaking out to share a stage with him.
I’m still under the weather, so it’ s been another mellow week. But time for weekend! On to feeling better! Huzzah!
Read it. This issue of the New Yorker has a much-discussed article about Paul Haggis, the director, and his decision to leave the Church of Scientology. I heard the author Lawrence Wright on Terry Gross, and this thing was fact-checked for 5 months or something. Intense. I say heads will ROLL.
Saw it. I finally watched The Secret of Kells, a fantastically beautiful animated movie about the 8th century illuminated manuscript (see picture!). It was absolutely breathtaking, and all I could think about was how much FUN the animators looked like they were having.
Heard it. Happy Valentine’s Day from Tom Jones! The dapper Welsh crooner is over at NPR describing his favorite lurvve songs.
I was home sick yesterday, so I got even more reading (and sleeping, and lemon tea) in than I usually do.
Read it. Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom. I’d like to take a time machine back to the end of 2010, when everyone was raving about this book and I pooh-pooh’ed it. Yes, everyone! It is that good. Longer review next week.
Saw it. I have been rip-roaring through Battlestar Galactica and I’m ticked off at how addictive it is.
Heard it. The Decembrists’ The King is Dead is far twangy-ier and honky-tonkin’ than I would have expected. It used to be streaming at NPR Music but now you can find some tracks on their website.
Heard it. Mad turned me onto a Spanish artist called El Guincho, a worldly type of electronica. I was reminded of everyone’s favorite study abroad soundtrack, Manu Chao, and I mean that in the best way possible.
Read it. I’m in the middle of Isak Dinesen’s Seven Gothic Tales and I’m very much in love. I’m hoping to have a post up next week, but I don’t even know if I can do credit by it. Highly recommended for the literary, romantic/gothic types.
Saw it. Frak me, I finally started watching Battlestar Galactica last weekend and it’s been all I can do to not stay home from work and binge on it. I sure hope all the seasons are on Netflix watch instantly…
Heard it. I bought the Oxford American Southern Music Issue this week! Always a great read, but even better is the music. This issue (#12!)’s theme is Alabama. A sliver for your listening pleasure, The Gosdin Brothers: