Wednesday, November 08, 2006

"I am not a rockstar."

Well maybe, since I'll probably be brain-dumping a bunch of comic gibberish onto this blog tomorrow, I should mention some stuff that caught my attention over the last week:

First off, last Thursday, I went and saw a friend’s photo exhibition at a local salon, Vain. Breanne's a very talented photographer, and her show was a great piece juxtaposing how local musicians carry themselves both on stage and at their day job. While you'll have to go to Vain yourself to see the show, you can see a few of the pictures intermixed with the rest of her outstanding portfolio at It’s definitely worth popping in and checking out if you are in the neighborhood.

Then, on Friday, I went to see Crispin Hellion Glover at the Broadway Performance Hall. The ex-George McFly did a reading from several of his books, and then showed his experimental film, What Is It?

After the film, he came out and did a very interesting Q&A session. Honestly, while I enjoyed the readings, the movie hadn't captivated me as much. But, my opinion of it only improved with the discussion that followed. And, frankly, when you are doing a film involving killing snails, naked animal-headed women and a cast that is largely made up of people with Down Syndrome, it's a good idea to give the audience some context.

Plus, Crispin is a strange, fascinating individual. So, it was great to hear him speak on the subject of film, theater and art in general.

On Monday, I finally finished reading Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami.

Actually, my copy had a different cover, but still.

This was a book that it took me several attempts to actually get into, but which I completely fell in love with by my third stab at it. Telling the parallel stories of two men (one in a "Hard-Boiled Wonderland" and the other at... you guessed it), its one of those stories that you spend half the book thinking, "I wonder where this is going?" And then suddenly it all clicks and you are engaged. It's so elegantly and succinctly written, something which always amazes me when the novel it s translation.

I keep wanting to mention details about the final chapters, which I loved, but also don't want to ruin it for those who haven't read it yet. So, why don't you all read it and then come back here so we can talk, OK?

Finally, the Mid-term elections were last night, and for the most part I was happy with the way things played out. I think my biggest concern is how many of the new Dems seem to be "gun-owning, Pro-Life, anti-gay marriage, cultural conservatives." I mean, what? So, basically, they are Republican’s who like taxes. I’m being cynical though, and in reality I’m excited to see the Dems reclaim power. And see Rumsfeld already stepping down. An exciting mid-term. Well played, all.


hj said...

I no.
I mean really, rockstar?
u son of a guitar.

The General said...

I am not a rockstar. I am Micheal jackson.