Thursday, January 31, 2008

LOOKING FOR (please help!)
1. Anyone from/in Allentown or Easton, PA to give me more information about the towns' neighborhoods.
2. Someone to install two double-paned windows in the front of my apartment (will pay for this life-changing service!)
3. An Uzbek translator

ALSO: there is a two-bedroom apartment opening up on the third floor of my building. If you are reading this, I either know you or would probably like to know you. E-mail me if you're interested. It's a railroad apartment converted into a 2-bedroom so both ends are very bright but the center of the apartment will not get much light.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Turning up the heat in Michigan is a big deal. It's freezing. I had to buy Smartwool socks, mid-day, and they really changed my outlook--for the better. By Sunday, three of the four of us had bought Smartwool socks and were wearing them.

We went for breakfast at Zingerman's both mornings. YUM.

Ida says "buy low risk, low yield!" She is 93-years-old, but still gives good advice. She told us that if you want to ask someone out, you should always buy tickets--two--and continue to ask the same person out to various events, until s/he "gets it."

I really loved this show.

Can you find Emmylou Harris in this picture? Can you find Shawn Colvin?

Thursday, January 24, 2008

WELCOME BRUNO SMITH LIDDELL! All 10.8 pounds of you!
I love you.
Thank you to those of you who helped me sweat through my interview tonight (Tony! Anne! Merrill! Steffi! Dan!). I woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning, with a few hours to read a book and cobble some questionable equipment together. I had the pleasure of interviewing AJ Jacobs, author of THE YEAR OF LIVING BIBLICALLY for the Guardian--podcast. I think I did alright, though I sound a little stoned. I recommend the book.

I may have scared his wife when I asked to see his beard-in-a-bag that he saved after growing it for 365 days then shaving it. I didn't tell her that I asked the rabbit whisperer if I could save my rabbit's toenail clippings, yesterday.

OFF TO DETROIT--I'LL BE BACK ON MONDAY. Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Friday, January 18, 2008

Please spread the word.

The New Documentarian(Tuesdays, 6-7:50 PM, starts Jan 22)
The New School
This course takes a broad and rigorous survey of nonfiction/documentary media and movements--radio documentary, literary journalism, documentary film, photojournalism, oral history--and focuses on the art of nonfiction storytelling. We examine varied, often experimental, approaches to documentary work, uncovering the narrative possibilities that lie within each story. Consideration is given to burgeoning forms such as the graphic novel and the monologue. Students are challenged to develop and analyze stories and to test their narratives by transposing them from one medium to another. Authors and artists studied include Joan Didion, Agnes Varda, Stetson Kennedy, Errol Morris, and Mary Ellen Mark. (3 credits)

knock-knock. new cat power came in mailbox, with poster.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

We're sorry we've been so boring lately. We'll be back soon.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

...and mashed potatoes

This did manage to make me feel better.

cooked carrots
cooked potatoes
fresh dill
chicken broth
2 dollops of greek yogurt
crushed red peppers
dash of cinnamon

Why are doctors' offices so ugly? I plan to ask a few doctors soon. This is not a healing space.
This makes me want to move.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

It's starting to look like a serial murderer's den in here.