Skip to main content

Still Here

On the planet too. Interestingly, another friend of mine suddenly started blogging just last week. For similar reasons--to write something everyday. Perhaps we will inspire one another. She is far ahead of me--a theme and everything. When I have a chance I will add her to friends and do all of the nifty things one does--pictures, links, etc.

About me? Read lots of books, watch lots of movies. Work. Design sets and costumes. Yes, I am a designer, and an actress, and a writer. To say this out loud. Well write it out loud. Very difficult--makes strange things happen in my chest. And yet it's true. It's not an exaggeration. I've been paid for all of them.

Work switched so I became busier than I might have been when I first started this. It's a long story, but two jobs flip-flopped and one that was 1 and a half days a week became 4 days a week and the one that was 3 days a week reduced to 1 day a week. Needless to say, I had a lot more free time in the one that was 3 days a week (else how could I reduce it to 1).

"Being named this month's Miss August is an honor I will remember for as long as I can,"--"I'm a Blonde" by Julie Brown. I'm a random thinker. It's my strength--it's my weakness. The ability to think of Petra (the city), 80's pop songs and quotes from Churchill and see their connections makes me a good designer (I think). It makes me a frustrating conversationalist. More on that later. But the point (see, I almost lost it in the digression) is that I will try to commit to this as long as I can.

Music--my obsession is Hyde. A younger picture. From a recent concert. Neither of these are my favorite pictures, but they'll do for a start. He's my addiction, my crush, my guilty pleasure. How strange to have a crush at my age. Perhaps it's healthy--to be young at heart. Or it's pathetic--clinging to the trappings of youth. There's always at least two ways to look at everything. That's a topic for another day as well. There's a lovely quote I've got on my (unpublished) web page about daydreams being unhealthy if they stop you from doing what you should be doing. Well, I'm not being divorced or fired, but I've lost sleep. Hyde is a Japanese popstar/rockstar. Most people think he looks like a girl, but most have trouble denying that he sings like a man or that he sounds like an angel. He is a solo artist and the lead singer of the band L'Arc~en~Ciel (French name, Japanese band). They are pop. They are influenced by, grew up on and therefore sound like 80's pop--specifically the English invasion. They are popular enough and old enough (older than me--which shouldn't make me so relieved, but does) and respected enough to almost be the Japanese U2.

Love 80's English pop. Love Duran Duran. There I've said it. I've always said it with the head duck, half apologetic smile, as if it were sad. But I'm not going to do that anymore. That's what this blog is about. OWNING. I love Duran Duran and what's more I think that they are very talented. MORE TALENTED THAN U2. If anyone ever reads this I'll probably get flack for that.

Love old standards--preferably sung by the greats and not Carly Simon, but I'll listen to efforts. I have a fantasy about singing standards with a big band, getting in a cab and going to front an 80's cover band.

The impressionist classics--purists don't even consider them classical, Debussy, Puccini. "Everytime I hear Andrew Lloyd Weber I love Puccini more."

Books--any books, all books. It's easy and almost (but not quite) trite to say Dickens, Austin as in everyone does and what they mean is they saw it on Masterpiece Theater. A little harder to say George Eliot, Thomas Hardy. Had trouble with Henry James and put it down. Love Edith Wharton. Moving forward--Somerset Maughm, Faulkner. Not so fond of Hemingway but some of the short stories are interesting. Capote. I like the overwritten, overdescriptive. Bradbury over Asimov for instance. Sci-fi, but I'm a sci-fi snob--which is partially my husband's fault. I want it to be original and I want it to have a strong voice. Recent books read include Ian Banks The Algebraeist, finished Joyce Cary's trilogy with The Horse's Mouth. Contrary to the thoughts of the writer of the introduction, I liked it less than the middle one, but they are amazing separately and together. Books will be a strong theme.

Movies--I love movies, all movies, good/bad/weird. There are movies I hate after watching but I'll give almost any movie a chance. My one exception is stupid, puerile comedies. Think Pauly Shore. I don't even want to try there. But I'll try horror, romance, anything. Given nothing else going on I'd watch two or three movies a night. Netflix is the greatest invention ever--well, probably not, but it's fantastic for me. Recent viewings in no particular order--Run, Lola, Run; Nights of Caberia, Downfall, The Brothers Grimm, Infernal Affairs (subded not dubded--Hong Kong version); Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Liked them all--really liked Caberia and Infernal Affairs. Will try to write blogs on them. That is another goal of this blog.

All time fav. movies is hard but it includes Wings of Desire; The Fisher King; The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover, and delicatessen. It's not intentional, but that would make a German, an American, a Brit, and a Frenchman. Japanese and Chinese would also make the list, but I'd have to work through a few to find the favorite. It's easier just to say directors than individual films.

Eclectic--that's what I am.

Comments

the other Joan said…
As they say in the old country, Mazel Tov.
I look forward to many interesting entrys.

Popular posts from this blog

Driving in Boston

Inching along in a log jam of traffic yesterday on the Mass Pike I watched an Audi a few cars in front of me weave in and out of traffic determined to find the lane that was "moving" and yet for the whole half an hour that we sat there he ended up still only a few cars ahead of me. Sure there were times his lane pulled ahead, but then mine would catch up and he would switch back. The only thing he accomplished was to make the line that much slower. There was a great article that a friend sent me years ago on the physics of traffic and it has been determined that weaving in and out of tight traffic will really gain you nothing and in fact cause the very blockages that you believe you are defying. (Sidenote--an unfortunately side effect of so much of interest on the internet is that it is impossible to store all of the articles that interest you over the years in the vague belief that you will someday want to reference them to others) The article also pointed out that if all d…

Adapting a book--The Prestige

I was completely blown away by the movie of The Prestige, and I thought then about reading the novel, but it seemed too soon. So I carried the author's name around with me for over a year (Christopher Priest) and then, finally remembered to buy it through an odd sequence of events. We watched The Painted Veil based on the novel by Maugham starring Edward Norton, and while I decided I didn't want to read The Painted Veil because of it's differences from the film (which was more romantic and tragic) it reminded me that I had wanted to read Fight Club (the movie version of which starred Edward Norton) and that reminded me that I had wanted to read The Prestige (which did not star Edward Norton, but was up against The Illusionist which did). Whew...so it's all Edward Norton's fault.

The Prestige is a very good novel, and yet, the movie differs from it considerably. And I am still trying to figure out what exactly that means. The central premise is the same, AND HER…

The end of Cloud Atlas

Feel I must write this--promised it to myself, can I finish before midnight (when I said I would go to bed at 11)?

Where was I?

Oh, yes, section 5, where it gets interesting--because it's the future, at least 25 years, hopefully more. I say hopefully, because I don't want to be living in this future. The section is called "An Orison of Sonmi-451." An Orison (I had to look it up, proving I don't remember my Shakespeare) is a prayer, but in this future world where language has taken as many turns as in Orwell's 1984, it is more a confession or final statement. Sonmi-451 is a clone (as the name might suggest). The section is not entirely original. It owes much to Brave New World and Phillip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (made into the film Bladerunner). I find it interesting that 40 or so years ago--when Dick wrote his book he believed that future slaves would be Androids, replicants. Now we are much more likely to presume they will be clones,…