weekly digest

Weekly digest (4/8/11)

I got big plans this weekend: aiming to try an Egg Custard Tart over at Golden Gate bakery, buy a kite in Chinatown, Miracle Fruit party, and then an Atlas Obscura Day event for vanished San Francisco landmarks in a legitimate speakeasy tucked in the Warfield Theater (no offense, Bourbon and Branch). Let’s see if I can make it all happen!

  • Read it. Sparse and haunting, I read Haruki Murakami’s After the Quake, which is a collection of short stories about the 1995 Kobe earthquake. Of course, it’s rendered even more poignant by recent events…
  • Saw it. Downton Abbey. God, how has this existed for so long without my knowledge? Upstairs-downstairs in pre-WWI England (ok, it’s not interwar, but I can let that slide). It’s also well-acted, well-paced and streaming instantly on Netflix.
  • Heard it. Alela Divine & Wild Divine is soulful, sad, and as smooth as good bourbon. Best enjoyed late nights in kitchens or on back porches .

Weekly digest (4/1/11)

April Fool’s! Didja fall for anything? Be honest!

  • Read it. I had to read it for my book club but Rebecca Traister’s book Big Girls Don’t Cry, about feminism in the 2008 election, was fascinating and so well-written. It’s amazing how even a few years perspective can make you see the media-saturated events in a new light.
  • Saw it. Sunday night I ate Girl Scout Cookies and watched Despicable Me, which was despicably cute. They keep making such high-quality CGI animated films and I’m going to have a tough argument for keeping the traditional animation banner flying.
  • Heard it. The rooomates and I headed to Pickathon this year! That’s right, Oregon’s best indie roots festival. It’s in August, but I’ve been listening to the festival playlist.

Weekly digest (3/25/11)

I have made the firm conclusion that Easter candy is my favorite seasonal candy. I may even invest in some before the holiday and do a little round-up.

  • Read it. Honestly? I read a lot of the NYT Style section as their pay wall is going up on Monday and I haven’t decided my subscription settings yet. Must keep abreast of trends and modern etiquette conundrums!! I’m also reading the Best American Comics 2010,  ed. Neil Gaiman.
  • Saw it. Finally caught The Fighter! It was pretty damn good, and some fine acting. Review to come.
  • Heard it. I’m listening to Lord Huron right now, getting ready for seeing them in April.

Weekly digest (3/18/11)

I’m down in Southern California for a wedding, eating good food, and catching up on sleep that I felt like I missed during Daylight Savings.

Weekly digest (3/11/11)

Time to stop and be grateful for more than just the weekend, huh? You have to admire Japan’s dedication to earthquake preparedness. It undoubtedly saved many, many lives. Happy Friday and pink and blue thoughts to all.

Weekly digest (3/4/11)

Morning! I’m off to sunny Palm Springs for the weekend for a bachelorette party. I’ll be sure to soak up some sun for you.

  • Read it. Miss Party Down? I sure do. Make sure to read the complete oral history, courtesy of Details magazine.
  • Saw it. Alright, we’re getting low-brow here, but how funny are the Family Guy characters as drawn by Disney? Yay for lazy reruns on a Monday!
  • Heard it. Lucinda William’s new album is streaming at NPR and it is worth checking out.

Weekly digest (2/25/11)

And a very merry pre-Oscar weekend to you! I hope you enjoy them and haven’t had to not eat for 3 weeks the way I imagine some nominees have had to.

  • Read it. Two Academy Award-themed reads: the LA Times does a check-in about the veracity of Exit Through the Gift Shop. I read it and it confirmed my take on the movie (real!), but I wouldn’t put it past Banksy for it to still be a hoax. And Deadline Hollywood recently circulated the script for The Social Network, if you feel like admiring Sorkin’s snappy dialogue on paper.
  • Saw it. I watched Annie Hall for the first time in ages this weekend, and was struck all over again at how good Woody was at his best.
  • Heard it. Rolling Stone‘s December 9, 2010 issue was their Playlist issue, which had famed musicians making playlists. Sounds dumb, but they have the actual songs on their website, where you can hear Jenny Lewis’ 70’s California Rock mix, Robbie Robertson on New Orleans music, and Mick Jagger’s fave classic blues.

Weekly digest (2/18/11)

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.
  • Heard it. Still very much digging Mad’s Midweek Playlist.

Weekly digest (2/11/11)

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.

Weekly digest (2/4/11)

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.