Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Don't let this happen.

"...what if you wake up some day, and you're 65, or 75, and you never got your memoir or novel written; or you didn't go swimming in warm pools and oceans all those years because your thighs were jiggly and you had a nice big comfortable tummy; or you were just so strung out on perfectionism and people-pleasing that you forgot to have a big juicy creative life, of imagination and radical silliness and staring off into space like when you were a kid? It's going to break your heart. Don't let this happen." -- Anne Lamott 

Recently I came across this quote on Instagram. I remember feeling inspired by these words when I first read them. Seeing them again brought a smile to my face and I just had to re-share. 


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Judging Your Date by His Bookshelf

Recently I came across this feature on Refinery29: "6 Books That Say 'Date Me!' (& 4 That Don't)" The R29 article lists 10 books that your date may or may not have in his/her home, and then goes on to explain what each particular tome's presence indicates, i.e. run for the hills or start planning your wedding.

I was intrigued. I'm a big reader and also a big believer in finding common interests with your mate, or at least different interests that make for good conversation. Plus, a well-stocked bookshelf can help seal the deal. For instance, my sister met her husband abroad. They didn't speak the same language when they first met, but they had a connection that was deepened when they realized they had the exact same books on their respective bookshelves, only in different languages. 

I don't agree with all of Refinery29's prescriptions, i.e. this assertion, cringe-worthy for multiple reasons: "But if your bae has [The Notebook By Nicholas Sparks] on the bookshelf, consider it a free pass to send Ryan Gosling memes at any time." I do, however, agree with R29 that taste in books can be telling.


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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Tribeca Film Festival

One of my favorite Spring traditions is attending the Tribeca Film Festival. In recent years Justin and I have screened a couple of films per year, including The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir, The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq and Whitewash. Attending the festival is always a treat, even if the films we see aren't always winners. (Whitewash for example... Not so great.) Not only do viewers get to see films before they're released on a large-scale, there is typically a question and answer session with the filmmakers and actors after each screening. For especially big premieres, there may even be a red carpet and plenty of celebs in attendance. 

This year we saw Live From New York! and Franny. Fortunately, we were two for two regarding our picks this go around. Live from New York! was the festival opener and it was well-attended. Fellow audience members at the Beacon's showing included Robert De Niro, Tom Brokaw, Rudy Giuliani and Grace Gummer. The movie itself was awesome. Live from New York! is a documentary about "New York institution and comedy powerhouse" Saturday Night Live. It shows a behind the scenes look of what makes Saturday Night Live so special and it features interviews with tons of SNL actors.

Franny is a drama starring Richard Gere, Dakota Fanning and Theo James. Gere plays an aging and hedonistic philanthropist who ingratiates himself into the lives of newlyweds played by Fanning and James. The filmmaker, Andrew Renzi, has described Franny as "part Scent of a Woman, part Leaving Las Vegas, part Cable Guy. Whatever the components, it's a good movie, and the acting is excellent. And hearing the actors discuss their inspirations and experiences post-viewing was a highlight.

Franny Q & A

Top image via Variety

Thursday, May 7, 2015


I just finished Serial. In case you've been living under a rock or you're not a millennial (and therefore not familiar with the purple app on your iPhone), Serial is a popular podcast. What is a podcast? A podcast is essentially a radio program you can access via the internet. Below is the premise for Serial:

It's Baltimore, 1999. Hae Min Lee, a popular high-school senior, disappears after school one day. Six weeks later detectives arrest her classmate and ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, for her murder. He says he's innocent - though he can't exactly remember what he was doing on that January afternoon. But someone can. A classmate at Woodlawn High School says she knows where Adnan was. The trouble is, she’s nowhere to be found.

I gave Serial a go because so many listeners I spoke with were absolutely obsessed with this podcast. They exclaimed I just HAD to give it a listen. I was wary at first. I love to read: books, magazines, articles, blogs. So when would I find time to sit and listen to a podcast? It didn't seem appealing. But then the weather changed and I started going for long walks. That's when I had my "aha" moment -- long strolls are the perfect opportunity for podcast consumption.

I completed the Serial series in an embarrassingly short period of time. It is, in fact, addictive. However, I had thought I'd be drawn to Serial simply for the murder mystery story. A surprising element that kept me coming back was host (and producer) Sarah Koenig. Koenig has a soothing narration voice but she doesn't sound radio host-like, per se. She sounds like a friend in conversation, with typical inflections and pauses. And of course she speaks clearly and confidently.



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