30 January 2010

you think you have the [film] right to...

In the words of ma'wah, "let's hope he's got someone really fucking feisty in charge of his legacy."

28 January 2010


“If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth."

"As more history parades itself before us, the anarchist distrust of government seems to me more and more legitimate."

Juliette Lewis

Used to date Brad Pitt when they did "Kalifornia" together, screams/moans/sweats as lead woman of Juliette and the Licks (now The New Romantiques,) and wears black feather shoulder pads a lot right now (sigh, Rihanna. You looked weird last week on SNL.) Also, I saw her at 7th St. Entry with a great friend and remember dancing my arse off and looking over my shoulder and Ms. Lewis herself had jumped down into the audience and was yelling and thrashing and prancing around said friend and I died. Love period her period (except for the whole Scientology thing but hey, I don't judge based on religion.)

25 January 2010

let's hope so.

[11:17:48 AM] Jessa Goldstein: haha but over-sensitivity coupled with a sense of humor is a GIFT, wife.

bike swap

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24 January 2010

the elegant war

um, prince is great. he's funky, sexy, mysterious, really good at playing strangely-shaped guitars. he changed his name to a symbol and then back, and i've heard multiple people talk about how his concert was the best live show they've ever seen. paisley park in itself is unexpected, and somewhere i'd love to go someday. though i'm kind of not so sure of THAT after hearing THIS, which is a fight song he wrote for the vikings, after seeing the future. for real.

"there's space for ol dat i see"

20 January 2010


"Just like H&M and Walmart, who destroy perfectly good unsold clothing rather than donating it to charity, Borders is apparently planning to destroy tens of thousands of books when they close more than 200 Waldenbooks stores later this month."

via Perez Hilton (good on him)

Email these guys and tell 'em what you think of this:
rmarshall@bordersgroupinc.com (Ron Marshall, CEO)

mbierley@bordersgroupinc.com (Mark Bierley, CFO)

mdavis4@bordersgroupinc.com (Mary Davis, Borders Spokesperson)


After thinking about this yesterday, I realize the sale of clearance books vs. the donation of clearance books (what are they selling at Waldenbooks these days anyways?) is not a travesty but is still very frustrating. A better word. I also realize that Waldenbooks is a discount bookseller and that it's great the books there are available to own for less than Borders, Barnes and Nobles, and snobby indie bookstores are selling 'em, but I don't know...I just wish I was a PR maven and could be like, look, I know you don't want to spend practically anything on marketing/advertising in order to keep your consumer base happy, and that's great, BUT I THINK YOU COULD TURN THIS INTO A BLITZKRIEG OF GOOD PR. Have a group of your sickly pale office workers go out into the community and bring a couple of schools/retirement homes some boxes of books. Take pictures. Tell a local newspaper. YOU'LL BE HUGE.


I realize that Borders and Waldenbooks are both already huge. But they could be universally, morally, ground-breakingly huge. In a way that would sew the seeds for future imminent huge-ness, even when small bookstores and the internet and the iTamp/Kindle are really taking over. This corporate strategy is already kind of in place (Target esp. makes a big deal of doing good works/donating to community causes and the United Way) and I just think it's too good to disregard.

19 January 2010

Ditched the concert but still got tunes!

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you are already free.

...you are free, you are already free.

you are free from the greed of your culture.
you are free from the lust of the luster
of the diamond houses in the city's cluster.
from your own ego, from your own blunder.

yes, you own the stars, you own the thunder.
but you have to share it all...

18 January 2010

"Before you finish eating breakfast in the morning, you've depended on more than half the world." -MLK (1967)

Got It?

16 January 2010



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11 January 2010

Blogger? Blawging.

Words Do Matter.

Especially when the word is another name for a higher being, in this case "Allah", and one religious group is pissed that another religious group gets to legally use it.


08 January 2010

04 January 2010


So I'm lolling around in bed, ostensibly catching up on the news and actually half-watching episodes of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and come upon this. I mean, THIS:

Ann N. Martin is, after years of inactivity re: The Baby-Sitter's Club series, coming out with a 224-page prequel, or, as Kim Hutt aptly notes on her blog, "what claudia wore," a Super Special. This makes me wonder what ANM has been up to all of these years, though all it could amount to might be a break (she wrote the first 60 of the 213 book series) or perhaps going through each installment to line edit out any mention of Walkmens or scrunched tube socks.

More importantly than ANM's current occupations (which realistically probably have a lot more to do with siccing her lawyer batallion on leakers and squeekers than anything that I could construe) is whether or not a new generation of young girls is even going to be interested in reading these books. Surface-level updates aside, it sounds like the series isn't changing all that much, which makes me wonder if the trivialities (intricacies?) of Kristy not wanting to wear dresses and Dawn crushing on a ninth-grader - hard - will even be able to hold a candle to today's pronounced romance that is Twilight, or even the Harry Potter series. Or if today's generation should care. Sappiness aside, aren't these books a little, well, patronizing? Even for 8-10 year-olds (who are the main age demographic that the new ones are aimed at)?

Gender marketing issues aside, I'm excited to see how these books "do" which, by most modern standards means how many copies will sell. But what I'm looking for, what'll convince me that the BSC is officially back, is when one particular kick-ass little girl that I know actually wants to recount or talk about the stories themselves. Even if she's saying that they suck.


Explanations, Breaks, and Personality Makeovers: A Babysitter's Club Revamp Wishlist via Jezebel.com

Comeback Planned for Girls' Book Series via NYTimes.com