Snapshot: Listening, Watching, Reading, Etc.
Listening: Robert Wyatt, Comicopera; Gang Gang Dance, Rawwar; Beach House, “Gila” (which you should download now right here; it’s incredibly wonderful, and their new record Devotion, out in February, is the prettiest thing I’ve heard in ages)
Watching: The Celebration; Persepolis; Buffy, Season Seven (the odyssey continues)
Reading: Paradise Lost by John Milton (I’m not joking; it’s pretty incredible); and I’m wondering where the hell is my issue of NYLON this month. NYLON, what up?
Wearing: Rick Owens cardi-jacket (it’s kind of a combination, as is his wont); super-battered navy American Apparel t-shirt; old Earl straight leg jeans tucked into Frye boots; big houndstooth scarf I bought from the vendor at 112th and Broadway
Wanting: Someone to make a decision for me, quick: Istanbul or Lisbon?
Listening: U2, Zooropa; Ice Cube, The Predator; Rolling Stones, Black and Blue (esp. “Fool to Cry”); The Shins, Chutes Too Narrow; Marianne Faithfull, “Guilt”; various renditions of “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” (Darlene Love’s and U2′s are my favorites – boo to Death Cab)
Watching: lots of Freaks and Geeks with commentary; Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer truly are an irresistible pair); early-90s videos like “Numb” by U2 and “Wicked” by Ice Cube. Oh, and that “Saturday Night Live” Christmas song clip that I like to play at least three times each holiday season. (BTW: Remember when Jimmy Fallon was someone we all kind of cared about?? Watching his hair here, I’m worried about what the future might hold for John Krasinski.)
Reading: Illumination Night by Alice Hoffman, for the first time in 10 or 15 years; the “Year in Culture” issue of New York magazine
Wearing: more like trying to figure out how to wear this scarf I got for six bucks Friday in Shell Beach – it’s Italian silk and covered with roaring tigers and could be magic or could be just wrong
Wanting: more and more White Chocolate Dream soy lattes from Coffee Bean. And another faux Hostess Cupcake from Joan’s on Third
Listening: The Dukes of Stratosphear, Chips from the Chocolate Fireball; Betty Davis, They Say I’m Different; Bridget St. John, Ask Me No Questions
Watching: Dog Day Afternoon; The Golden Compass; Network; Bedazzled (the one with Dudley Moore, not Elizabeth Hurley OK?)
Reading: Carson McCullers & Willa Cather & Isak Dineson AKA the Baroness Karen Blixen
Wearing: I haven’t quite figured out how to do “Existing-in-a-blizzard Chic” as of yet, and thus wear some variation of a hoody, my camo-print little boys thermal from Target, thermal leggings, thermal socks, and/or heavy-duty Sorel winter boots every single day
Wanting: A lifetime supply of Simon & Schuster crossword anthologies; this recycled wood treehouse toy or at the very least a child to buy it for; for winter to be ending instead of only beginning