A jumble of things going on with me right about now, the beginnings and ends of eras converging.
In the meantime, here’s a quick run-down of:
What I’m Reading
How to Win Friends and Influence People – by Dale Carnegie
This book, as
High Fidelity – by Nick Hornby
I read a sci-fi short story by Hornby called “Otherwise Pandemonium” a few years back that absolutely blew my socks off, about a kid who buys a used VCR that begins to show him the future. It was one of those oh-my-God-I-wish-I-wrote-that things, and in took place in
And of course I knew that he wrote the books that spawned the films High Fidelity, which is great and gets better on subsequent viewings, and About A Boy, which I only found to be fair. (In
High Fidelity the book is great, and had the weird effect of increasing my admiration for the film version. It’s one of those great and rare instances of book and film version working marvelously. Having first watched the film, I found the book to wonderfully flesh out the characters and story, all in charming, subtle British tones that were abandoned for Crass Americana in the movie.
For anyone who’s not aware, it’s the story of a guy, Rob, who owns a record shop and has a tendency to bail on relationships before they bail on him. The fun is all in the self-absorbed self-abuse, the modern rules of attraction and dating, and a complete over-the-top obsession with music. Good stuff all around.
What I’m Watching
The Wire – Season One and The Shield – Season One
I watched and enjoyed the first four episodes of each via Netflix. Then there was a serious Netflix snafu that is still not resolved which I don’t really want to talk about as it makes my UTK (Urge to Kill) rise dramatically. The Wire, especially, is automatically one of the better shows I have ever seen. It’s story of drug dealers and cops in
The Apprentice – Season Three
Yeah, I like it and I still watch it. Why? Probably because the contestants want to win unlike any reality show out there. It’s also about surviving and winning and people and
What I’m Listening To
Nirvana – With the Lights Out – Box Set
I love this box set. It’s meaningful and interesting and revealing of perhaps the best rock band of my generation. I’ll do a full review at some point.
Red Hot Chili Peppers – “On Mercury”
What an absolutely marvelous and pleasantly surprising Latin-ska-melodic hybrid tune. I’ve got to give it to the
My Grand Idea of the Week
Frontman of Blues / White Funk Revival Band
This is the evil result of now having the iPod hooked up in the car. I’ve been driving way more than usual lately, and therefore have time to extrapolate delusions of fantastic grandeur. I also love to sing in the car, so there you go.
I want to wear like a late-era Jim Morrison beard (which I kinda have) and vague hippy-military garb on stage, with dark funky police type glasses (which I also kinda have). We’d do bluesy revival renditions of such great tunes as “War,” by Edwin Starr, and the showstopper would be “I Just Want to Celebrate,” by Rare Earth. I can just see it…
Maybe we’d be called Brass Tacks or American Glory Sunshine Band or something.
Of course, I have about one to two of these ideas every week. Alas… so goes my interregnum.