July 23, 2008 § Leave a comment
A spot-on essay by Rachel Shukert on Salon.com about ‘Why I hate summer’ that you must read. Must. Seriously.
Okay, so you aren’t convinced?
One more quote and I am willing to bet a pack of m&m’s that you will be clicking to read the rest.
But more than anything, my real problem with summer is the way the world grinds to a halt. Friends and acquaintances flit in and out, and promises made in the spring are suddenly postponed to the fall.
And then there is all this time — silent, empty, dangerous time — to think about what the hell you are doing with your life.
Yeah, silent, empty dangerous time indeed.
July 15, 2008 § 1 Comment
I am currently reading Amy Tan’s ‘The Hundred Secret Senses’ and came across this interview in The SALON.
A quote from the interview itself:
Olivia, Kwan’s American half-sister is not so happy-go-lucky. Pained, needy, she accidentally pulls heads off pet turtles and has a hard time with other people.
I took my own skepticism and embedded it into Olivia. Some of her — or the questions that trouble her — are drawn from friends who have the usual existential questions about life and relationships and work and success, and “Why are we here?” and “Why are we with this person?” I’ve already had interviewers wondering if Olivia’s relationship with her husband, Simon, is like my marriage, and I think, “Wait a minute, that’s not my husband, that’s not my relationship.” Certainly all of us have gone through fights with partners in our life, but that’s not drawn from my relationships per se. But I know that I’m going to be subject to that assumption.
July 8, 2008 § 1 Comment
Self professed, profound
Till the chips were down
Know you’re a gambling man
Love is a losing hand…
‘Love is a Losing Game’ by Amy Winehouse
A choice verse from my current favorite song.
July 4, 2008 § 3 Comments
Billie Holiday’s ‘I’ll be seeing you’ is my pick of the day. Yesterday, when bored of all the pop songs I had downloaded from Limewire, I thought to try some of the old school jazz favorites again. Seconds after tapping in ‘Billie Holiday’, up came what seemed quite a number of matches with her gems such as ‘Strange Fruit’, and ‘Summer Time’. I was delighted! I really enjoyed listening to Holiday’s haunting rendition of ‘I’ll be seeing you’ and thought I’d introduce my readers to this golden throated jazz songstress. I, myself, was introduced to Billie Holiday and Louie Armstrong (to name a few) sophomore year in ‘Art and Contemporary Society’ class in high school. I can’t tell you how often I benefit from the wide range of exposure we all recieved in those few months in class. Go on now, click the link and let the music take you away!