Archive for August, 2010

Playlist: iPod shuffle, 7/27-28/2010

August 7, 2010

“Knocks Me off My Feet,” Luther Vandross
“None of Dem,” Robyn & Royskopp
“With a Girl Like You,” David Sitek
“No estes lejos de mi un solo dia…,” Lorraine Hunt Lieberson
“Monster Love,” Goldfrapp
“Narrow Escape,” Ray LaMontagne
“Hang with me,” Robyn
“Learn to Keep your Mouth Shut,” Final Fantasy
“Like a Star,” Corinne Bailey Rae
“Ask (Love),” Turkish Delight
“Break me Out,” the Rescues
“Spell (Live),” Patti Smith
“Handshake Drugs,” Wilco
“More Mess on my Thing,” the Poets of Rhythm
“The Hedgehog’s Song,” Incredible String Band
“You Know I’m No Good,” Amy Winehouse (with Ghostface Killah)
“Holiday,” Vampire Weekend
“La Dolce Vita,” Giovanna
“A Good Idea at the Time,” OK Go
“Spanish Song Bird,” Keren Ann
“Gravity,” Sara Bareilles
“I Speak to the Stars,” Doris Day
“Widow’s Walk,” Van Dyke Parks
“Raggedy Ann & Raggedy Andy,” Liza Minnelli
“Angel (in the Sway of a Summer Night),” Maria Vidal
“Share Your Love with me,” Aretha Franklin
“Salt,” Lizz Wright
“The Past Is a Grotesque Animal,” Of Montreal
“Nan You’re a Window Shopper,” Lily Allen
“Cabiria,” Giovanna
“’81,” Joanna Newsom
“We Are Nowhere And It’s Now,” Bright Eyes
“Samson,” Regina Spektor
“third eye,” Black Eyed Peas
“Analyse,” Thom Yorke
“One Season,” Suzzy & Maggie Roche

7/27-28/10

“Knocks Me off My Feet,” Luther Vandross

“None of Dem,” Robyn & Royskopp

“With a Girl Like You,” David Sitek

“No estes lejos de mi un solo dia…,” Lorraine Hunt Lieberson

“Monster Love,” Goldfrapp

“Narrow Escape,” Ray LaMontagne

“Hang with me,” Robyn

“Learn to Keep your Mouth Shut,” Final Fantasy

“Like a Star,” Corinne Bailey Rae

“Ask (Love),” Turkish Delight

“Break me Out,” the Rescues

“Spell (Live),” Patti Smith

“Handshake Drugs,” Wilco

“More Mess on my Thing,” the Poets of Rhythm

“The Hedgehog’s Song,” Incredible String Band

“You Know I’m No Good,” Amy Winehouse (with Ghostface Killah)

“Holiday,” Vampire Weekend

“La Dolce Vita,” Giovanna

“A Good Idea at the Time,” OK Go

“Spanish Song Bird,” Keren Ann

“Gravity,” Sara Bareilles

“I Speak to the Stars,” Doris Day

“Widow’s Walk,” Van Dyke Parks

“Raggedy Ann & Raggedy Andy,” Liza Minnelli

“Angel (in the Sway of a Summer Night),” Maria Vidal

“Share Your Love with me,” Aretha Franklin

“Salt,” Lizz Wright

“The Past Is a Grotesque Animal,” Of Montreal

“Nan You’re a Window Shopper,” Lily Allen

“Cabiria,” Giovanna

“’81,” Joanna Newsom

“We Are Nowhere And It’s Now,” Bright Eyes

“Samson,” Regina Spektor

“third eye,” Black Eyed Peas

“Analyse,” Thom Yorke

“One Season,” Suzzy & Maggie Roche

Performance diary: ANOTHER AMERICAN: asking and telling

August 7, 2010


August 2
– Somehow I managed not to see Marc Wolf’s Obie Award-winning performance Another American: Asking and Telling when he first performed it in 1999-2000 at the New Group, although I heard very favorable things about it. I was under the mistaken impression that Wolf himself had been in the military and was discoursing about his own experience as well as that of others. Only now, when he revived the show for a series of 5 Monday-night performances at the DR2 Theatre in Union Square, do I realize that he did an Anna Deveare Smith number, going on the road and interviewing a wide range of people about the topic of gays serving in the military. He sculpted a play out of his interviews and plays all the various subjects: men and women, gay and straight, military and non-military, pro-DADT and agin. It’s a fantastic show. Wolf is an excellent (and strikingly handsome) actor who is able to transform himself vocally and physically so at times you can’t believe you’re seeing the same guy, even though he uses a minimum of props and costumes. Among the most memorable characters he impersonates are Miriam Ben-Shalom (the first openly gay person to serve in the military, after she spent years fighting an involuntary discharge), the mother of Allen Schindler (a gay Navy man who was beaten to death by shipmates), the guy who invented the expression “don’t ask don’t tell” (a straight academic who doesn’t think gays should be allowed to serve), and a very flamboyant ex-Marine whose fellow soldiers in Vietnam nicknamed him “Mary Alice” and accepted him wholeheartedly (he is repeatedly caught up on the brink of tears remembering the guys who didn’t make it back from that war). The little pocket of information Wolf dramatizes that I hadn’t thought about was the way gay soldiers have been treated by the military in the period between discovery and discharge, which was often brutal and horrifying. The show was beautifully performed and very well directed by Joe Mantello. My friend Wolfie, who knows the actor, corralled Andy and me into going, and we were joined by Stephen Soba and Jonathan Arnold, who sported an amazing pair of trousers (see below) that drew compliments from strangers right and left. We had a delicious dinner afterwards at L’Express on Park Avenue.

Photo diary: screen caps from ROCCO AND HIS BROTHERS

August 7, 2010

the title characters' shower scene at the boxing gym


Note: Suso Cecchi D’Amico, who contributed to the very sophisticated screenplay of Rocco and His Brothers and other major Italian neorealist films (most notably The Bicycle Thief), just died at age 96. RIP.

In this week’s New Yorker…

August 3, 2010

…there’s  a lot of good stuff, starting with:


1. Christoph Niemann’s cover image (above), which I instantly captioned “Modern Tragedy,” but its actual title is much wittier: “Dropped Call.”

2. Rebecca Mead’s Talk of the Town piece on Iggy Pop. Can I just say: I ❤ Rebecca Mead.

3. Alec Wilkinson’s astonishing and sad profile of Gil Scott-Heron, the proto-rapper whose “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” created musical history and who is now a hermit with a propane torch who allowed Wilkinson to witness and write about his crack addiction.

4. David Sedaris’s hilarious piece about bonding (or not) with people in line at the airport.

5. George Packer’s well-reported but completely dismaying article about the day-to-day activity (or not) of the U.S. Senate.

6. an article by Nicholson Baker on video games that I couldn’t understand a word of, having spent less than 3 minutes playing video games. It’s a world I’d like to know more about but can’t prioritize actually pursuing.

7. this cartoon — why didn’t we think of this sooner?

Quote of the day: ADDICTIONS

August 3, 2010

ADDICTIONS

Our ability to pursue our dreams can be damaged by four addictions: 1. an addiction to what other people think of us; 2. an addiction to creating melodrama in a misguided quest for excitement; 3. an addiction to believing we’re imprisoned by what happened in the past; and 4. an addiction to negative thoughts that fill us with anxiety.

— success coach Tom Ferry

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