Sunday, June 12, 2005


I don’t know if I’ve ever talked about this on the blog, but I love the White Stripes in a way that is hard to articulate. Needless to say, I was excited and a bit apprehensive about hearing their new CD, Get Behind Me Satan.

It is spectacular. It’s completely different from anything they’ve done before, and at the same time, it couldn’t have been done by anyone but Jack White. I love it. I’ve been listening to it quite a lot—and believe me, you folks who only listen to music on your computer (elbow elbow), it sounds worlds better on really loud, really good speakers. That’s mostly the only way I listen to the White Stripes.

Speaking of new CD’s, my brother also downloaded and burned Sleater-Kinney’s The Woods for me—I’m not as into it as I thought I would be, but I need to listen to it more times before I form a real opinion. I also forced my brother to watch Harold and Maude, and afterwards I burned the film’s soundtrack (actually, an official soundtrack was never released—they’re all unbelievable Cat Stevens songs though, mmm). Here it is, for those of you who want to make the CD for yourselves:
1. Don’t Be Shy
2. On the Road to Find Out
3. I Wish, I Wish
4. Miles from Nowhere
5. Tea for the Tillerman
6. I Think I See the Light
7. Where Do the Children Play?
8. If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out
9. Trouble
“If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out,” is the best song on the CD…it’s great in its own right, but even better if you’ve seen the movie. If you want me to email it to you, leave your email as a comment and I’ll get on it. Spread the love.

Speaking of Harold and Maude—the most hilarious, tragic, poignant, sardonic movie out there—I’d like to relate the funniest dialogue exchange:
Therapist: “So Harold, were all these suicide attempts staged for your mother’s benefit?”
Harold: [long pause] “…I wouldn’t say benefit.”
Then there’s that look he gives to the camera after the first date runs away—possibly the best moment in any movie ever. I do not exaggerate. It’s perfect. And the tree scene! And…and…just see it. (Interesting but unimportant fact: Bud Cort, aka Harold, plays the Bond Company Stooge in Wes Anderson's hilarious The Life Aquatic. Yeah, I couldn't believe it either.)


By the way, during my absence, I’ve been reading like a fiend. Almost summer-vacation proportions. Let’s see…I finished A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, then I read Lord of the Flies, The Fountainhead (best. book. ever. I kid you not. More to come on that, another day), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and The Bonfire of the Vanities. Good stuff.

Here’s a list of recommendations for summer that I made for my friend, by the way. (They are all incredible books, and because I'm obsessive-compulsive, it is labeled with such conveniencies as genre, length, and medium.) And hey, leave me suggestions for what I ought to read! I’ll probably follow up on them. I like everything, so don’t worry about genre.

Off to pretend I’m studying for finals.


Anonymous oki-doki said...

a music-friend (which is to say he rarely talks to about anything except music) who really likes the white stripes told me to check out the new album...

perhaps I should

I like recommendations, they give me options

anyway I liked the list of books you made. Many I've read and loved.

But Charles Dickens doesn't particularly appeal to me. Although I love most classics, he's just..boring.

well, hooray for reading at any rate. I'm inspired to check out more radical writers at the moment. and films, and art. I feel like anythig lukewarm might lose me..

5:26 PM  
Blogger T.C. said...

I get a copy of the zine, right?

Also, if you give me your Korea address (you're going to be in one place, right?) I'll send you letters and things. I certainly hope the photo project is still a go, it sounds spectacular!

Yeah, books. I haven't liked everything I've read by Dickens but Tale of Two Cities--amazing. Intrigue! Romance! Sacrifice! Deceit! Mistaken Identities! The French Revolution! God, I love that book.

I should post my summer reading list soon.

And I think you'd like the artist Miro, he's maddeningly good.

I hope you feel better!

5:39 PM  
Anonymous oki said...

yes absolutely you get a copy!

and perhaps I will rethink Tale of Two Cities

the photo-book project I definitely a go..we've got it pretty much planned out.

I will inform you of my address as soon as we find a place to live!

6:11 PM  

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