Thursday, October 29, 2009

my celebrity playlist

When I'm famous, this may be what I put on iTunes.

Fiona Apple's Across the Universe
The Temptations' Ain't Too Proud to Beg
Nancy Sinatra's Bang, Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)
Peter Gabriel's The Book of Love
Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto's Desafinado
The Beach Boys' Wouldn't It Be Nice
My Morning Jacket's Rocket Man
Alice Russell's Hurry on Now
Echo and the Bunnymen's The Killing Moon
The Psychedelic Furs' Love My Way
Remy Zero's Over the Rails & Hollywood High
The Pipettes' Pull Shapes
Duke Ellington's Ocht O'Clock Rock
Magnetic Fields' Strange Powers
Harry Nilsson's Without You
The Pretenders' 2000 Miles
K-OS's The Rain

I know, a lot of covers.


Poor little, neglected blog. I wish I had something to write on you, but I have nothing to share except that I joined a gym last night. Peer pressure, I salute you.

Oh, and my sister came, and I went to Universal Studios for the first time, and we ate at Ketchup, which is easily the best place I've dined at since coming to LA, and Nickelodeon put the fear of God in me but also gave me a yo-yo, and it got crazy windy a few days ago, and so on and so forth.

So, now I'm gonna go do some errands instead of running the Hollywood Bowl, WHICH I SWEAR TO GOD I WILL MAKE MYSELF DO THIS YEAR, PROBABLY.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Three Rivers review, and a new idea

I'm pretty easy on Three Rivers, mindful that it might be just the thing for people not of my generation.

So I have a brilliant idea. I am going to attempt to work my way through the Booker winners. I've read a handful of the more recent winners, though I never finished Possession, but I haven't read anything before then. First up, 1969's PH Newby's Something to Answer For. It might be interesting to do it by year--stack up the Booker winner v. the National Book Award or Pulitzer Prize winner from the U.S. Any thoughts? 1969 had House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday (Pulitzer) and Steps by Jerry Kosinski.

I am almost immediately daunted.

Friday, October 2, 2009

reviews of Hank and The Middle

Short, not so much with the sweet.
In summing up, I wish I had some kind of affirmative message to leave you with. I don't. Would you take two negative messages?
-- Woody Allen