weekly digest

Weekly digest (9/9/11)

This week certainly kept my head spinning. When’s the next day off?

  • Read it. I’m reading Judith Thurman’s biography of Isak Dinesen, and it’s amazing – clear, concise, and just as readable as the works of the author whose life it describes. Highly recommended.
  • Saw it. Caught The Red Violin finally. I have had the soundtrack for years, which means the musical themes were eerily familiar.
  • Heard it. More old music  news for you – the new Cut Copy is fun and bouncy!

Weekly digest (9/2/11)

Ah, the distinct promise and power of a long weekend: so many plans laid, only to be easily waylaid by a tv show binge.

  • Read it. I re-read Neil Gaiman’s first volume of The Sandman again and was impressed again by the strength of the story and some pretty creepy art.
  • Saw it. Ah, I watched Hitchcock’s Vertigo for the first time since living in San Francisco. So many locations I recognized! And such a taut, haunting film.
  • Heard it.  Wow, pretty late to the game on this one, but Foster the People is so fun! I dig!

Weekly digest (8/26/11)

Time to take a mini-break and head down to Healdsburg (and sunny weather!) for a wedding!

  • Read it. If you’ve read the first one (The Magicians), Lev Grossman’s The Magician King picks up neatly on the fantastical fandom of fantasy books. It manages to both capture the escapist nature of the literature as well as the harsh realities people hide from.
  • Saw it. I rewatched the Triplets of Belleville and was struck again by how quirky and abrasively charming it is.
  • Heard it. Been listening to some Girls as I bought tickets to see them in October!

Weekly digest (8/19/11)

Funny how even if you aren’t going back to school, the spirit (or maybe the marketing) is infectious. I just spent fifteen minutes shopping for new pens, and considering if maybe I need some new binders.

  • Read it. Another delightful M.F.K. Fisher book – this time How to Cook a Wolf, her meditation on cooking during wartime scarcity and the following prosperity. She has such a fundamental respect and admiration for food, it’s contagious.
  • Saw it. Louis C.K. was hilarious. I highly recommend seeing him live or watching his show if you don’t already.
  • Heard it. Taskaki Miyaki has an awesome lo-fi sound, and even better, a free mini-EP.

Weekly digest (8/12/11)

Ooof, it feels both longer than two weeks and that time has just sped past.

  • Read it. I picked up The Bone People by Keri Hulme at Powells in Portland and was drawn in by the beauty of the New Zealand landscape and the isolation of the damaged characters. Far more uplifting than most books about abuse are.
  • Saw it. Despite a slightly irrational dislike of stand-up comedy, I have started watching Louie and am really impressed. I even bought tickets to see him live next week at the Punchline!
  • Heard it.Well, it’s gotta be the bands at Pickathon last week! I loved the folky spirit of the Fruit Bats and the Zydeco stylings of the Pine Leaf Boys playing in the middle of the woods.

Weekly digest (7/29/11)

Man, this has been a GOOD week for starting books. They just keep coming in from the library, and I get just get distracted and open up a new one.

Weekly digest (7/22/11)

Oh yes, dear weekend, so happy to see you. I missed you.

  • Read it. Anya’s Ghost, by Vera Brosgol, is a warm, cute YA comic. I very much enjoyed it.
  • Saw it. I missed it the first time around, but I’m watching My So-Called Life for the first time and I LOVE IT SO MUCH. “I like the way he leans”?  Classic.
  • Heard it. There’s a new Pickathon mix, and I’m so digging it and getting excited for road trips and camping and music festivals! Sunday Valley especially sounds good…

Weekly digest (7/15/11)

Whoah, middle of July already? Seems like even when you don’t have three months off, summer seems to fly by.

  • Read it. Think I found this via a “Best books for summer” list, but Jeanette Winterson’s The Stone Gods is both lovely and post-apocalyptic. It reminded me of the stellar Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell (which if you haven’t read…. !).
  •  Saw it. More to say later, but I’m Not There is really, really good. I don’t think a better movie about Bob Dylan could have been made.
  • Heard it. Tom Waits bootleg from the late 1970s (via Aquarium Drunkard).

Weekly digest (7/8/11)

Q: When does a four-day-week not feel like a four-day-week?
A: I DON’T KNOW. But it always does, doesn’t it?

  • Read it. I’ve always enjoyed Simon Rich’s funny bits in the New Yorker, and his new novel Elliot Allagash is a pretty funny, if quick, prep-school read.
  • Saw it. Muriel’s Wedding (1994, with Toni Collette), is either a very mild black comedy or an extremely offbeat normal comedy. I’m not an Australian in the mid-90s so it’s hard to say. But what great fashion!!
  • Heard it. I am in a music SLUMP. How does that happen? I just bought the best of Otis Redding on vinyl though (because I am obnoxious and now own a record player!).

Weekly digest (7/1/11)

I may not be camping this week, but I have big cooking (and eating) plans. That really is the pursuit of happiness, isn’t it?

  • Read it. I just discovered the works of M.F.K. Fisher, and I’m absolutely delighted. She writes about food, but is also one of the best observational writers I’ve ever encountered. Try The Gastronomical Me, you won’t be disappointed.
  • Saw it. Super 8 has its flaws, but it’s also the type of popcorn summer movie that makes you feel nostalgic for the childhood you didn’t know you had.
  • Heard it. I am Fuel, You are Friends has a free summer mix up!!! It’s delightful, as always.