Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Beatles to Bowie: the 60's Exposed
October 15, 2009 - January 24, 2010
The National Portrait Gallery
London, England

An incredible exhibit for photography fans and 1960s British music lovers. Featuring mammoth prints by photographers like David Bailey, Robert Whitaker, Fiona Adams, and Tony Frank, the National Portrait Gallery is giving the opportunity to see originals of iconic photographs that have been reproduced in magazines and newspapers and blogs and paintings and other media forms across the world. If in London, do not miss this exhibition.
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Monday, November 16, 2009

iTunes Genius: Helping Me Discover Bomb Songs I Didn't Know I Had.

November 16, 2009:
white blank page - mumford & sons

leftovers - johnny flynn
evening morning - bombay bicycle club
jocasta - noah and the whale
happy as annie - larrikin love
shape of my heart - noah and the whale
happy slap - the maccabees
i won't be found - the tallest man on earth
put a penny in the slot - fionn regan
unfinished business - white lies
symphonies - dan black

sweet disposition - the temper trap

ode to study abroad

It's the magical mystery kind
Must be a lie
Bye bye to the too good to be true kind of love
Oooooh I could die
Oooooh now, I could die"

- 40 Day Dream

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Fireworks are resplendent. But they don't translate easily in photographs and they occur sporadically. Nothing can capture the sound and the awe they produce. I've been recently re-inspired by a firework show in Southwark Park for Guy Fawkes Day. Now seeking similar excitement in everyday life.

try sleeping with a broken heart by alicia keys

almost as fantastically '80s as the bright pink dress vintage dress i bought in paris.

Monday, November 2, 2009

please, accept the mystery

Though this summer boasted numerous great blockbuster films, I was continually disappointed. It wasn't that the movies were bad or boring, they were actually quite good...until the end. The endings of so many movies, especially those that tried to be anti-Hollywood and independent (cough*500daysofsummer*cough*thehurtlocker*cough), always withdrew to a typical Hollywood ending. Have to please the audience, I get it, but many endings simply ruined the movie for me. I wanted a strong, poignant ending instead. I wanted to be told something and left in shock or contemplation.

Well, three months later, I got it. Joel and Ethan Coen's newest wonder baby, A Serious Man, met my expectations. And when the credits started rolling and Jefferson Airplane was still blaring, I sat with a wide smile on my face. The brothers had gotten right. A film's ending is its conclusion, so if it disappoints than often the whole movie does too.

A Serious Man follows Physics professor Larry Gopnik (Michael Stuhlbarg). Things are not going well for Larry. He is going through some financial difficulties, being blackmailed by a student, preparing his son for his Bar Mitzvah, and just found out his wife wants a divorce. Oy! The Coen brother's used their own experiences as growing in a Jewish suburb in Minnesota for the setting and plot of the film, the culmination of which is darkly hilarious. Lighter than No Country for Old Men and more poignant than Burn After Reading, A Serious Man questions religion, fate, and family. Even if someone is good and does mitzvahs and follows all the rules, does that mean everything will go right for them? What does a serious man deserve?