Monthly Archives: March 2008

I’ve been busy

Recent writings:

Shotgun Stories! (Go see it when it comes out. It’s a good movie.)

David Gordon Green! v2! (and with that, am I going to write about anyone else from the North Carolina School of the Arts this year? I suspect possibly.)

Videos, long and short, mainly featuring Carrie Brownstein from Sleater-Kinney!

All Ages promoters and venues in Boston and Providence!

The Nicole Atkins cd is really quite good, and I find myself listening to Santogold a lot. I may also buy some Yelle tracks for the gym. MTV, you convinced me!

P.S. If you play the trumpet, and you like fun, and you want to run with a crowd of impossibly sexy, slightly intimidating, terrifically Dionysian revelers from Providence, you should join this band: What Cheer? Brigade.

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Breaking!

The Flight of the Conchords photoshoot for the new issue of BUST magazine is both brilliant and totally dreamy.

Scans later, maybe?  After I pull these photos down from my locker!

Stay sweet! Love, Elisabeth

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Things To Know Part 1

I moved to New York–Brooklyn to be precise (you become what you mock or gently tease)–which is great. I’ve been couch surfing for the past two weeks, I’m in week three, I should have a home by next Tuesday.

1) The new Gutter Twins album is very good. I still couldn’t bring myself to see Fat Greg Dulli live; the clash of the older fatter childhood crush and no-one to make out with post show made it appear like a futile quest for transcendence.

2) If you are living with someone, a significant other, and they move out for reasons happy or sad or what have you, remember this: Don’t stay in the same apartment, even if you love it, for an extra month. It will depress you. It is emotionally wrenching. There are too many ghosts.

3) Trains! Trains are amazing. I want to take a train across America. Stunning views, cutting a swath through land, seeing junkyard tracks and ocean bay views and poverty and wealth and abandoned houses and abandoned castles. A train has good leg room, your luggage is nearby, and the views are breathtaking. Subsidize trains more, government!

4) Massachusetts, one big reason that I moved out was due to the health care plan. FYI. I still love you.

5) Shotgun Stories is an excellent film. Seek it out.

6) It’s very strange when two different strangers inform you that they saw you in a video. A half-second shot. I don’t know what to think about that.

7) I haven’t seen the sun shine in Troy, NY yet. The buildings in the downtown are beautiful. Old early 1900s edifices, large and imposing and reflecting Troy’s glory in its set up. Now Troy is depressed, a city abandoned to ghosts. Bad paintings of Uncle Sam (who came from there) are everywhere. It’s probably lovely in the summer.

I have to be quick. I’d like to write a tribute to my old amazing apartment.  I miss it, but Southern directors are waiting and I’m sleepy.

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Perfect Moments In Film:

Dignan running from the cops to the tune of “2000 Man” by the Rolling Stones.

I really could recite Bottle Rocket from memory.

Recent Globe stuff: Rolling Stone/Love Is A Mixtape writer Rob Sheffield record shopping in Cambridge.  Great guy!

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Roadrunner

Bye bye, Somerville!

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Several Good Links

Here’s a sterling defense of Diablo Cody from the legendary Molly Lambert at This Recording. (I have a bloggy girl-crush on her. She says what I think, and puts it so well!) The only thing that I would add regarding Ms. Cody is that overall, good for her. Good for her for getting noticed, getting out of the midwest, and finding success as a writer. I like her attitude, and how when faced with Superbad, she thinks “I’ll write my own screenplay from the girl perspective.” That’s rad. I may have had problems with Juno (let’s start with babies should be borned, since that wasn’t comedy based in wit), but at the least, it was a film starring a smart-girl protagonist. That doesn’t happen! It’s such a rarity!

Despite the fact that I do have my qualms and worries about Cody’s “anthopological” stripping past (the cheeky privilege-tourism aspect of it as well), and how that’s exploited–by Cody herself and the proletariat–in a way that’s sexist and horrifying and in a fashion that certainly affirms the patriarchy and in a fashion that I suspect doesn’t really leave a delicate wake behind for other female writers, despite the fact that she’s a merely okay writer so far (honestly, Juno could’ve stood to have a director that didn’t take it in a twee post-Wes Anderson direction and less slavish love-for-the-script), I have hopes for Cody, and hopes for girls trying to get smart lady films going in her wake.

Here is a link to a blog called My Stained Teeth, which is about wine and is run by a man who writes for McSweeney’s and was once the proprietor of one of the treasures of New England, The Lady Killigrew Cafe in Montague. Please go there. I’m going to miss it wildly when I move to New York in a week. It’s one of my favorite places in the world, and I hope that I can live within twenty minutes of it someday. (I can tell I’m getting older–a wizened twentysomething!–as I’m developing a “retire to Northampton, MA” fantasy.) I love it in the Pioneer Valley, though, and I can certainly see myself living there at some point in the future.

As one of my best friends is a killer YA writer, I have been getting into YA books lately due to her influence.  One author that rules would be Ms. Maureen Johnson.  She writes a great blog, and her stories are relatively diverse tales about smart teen girls livin’ life, with fun and fantasy and good writing.  I have plowed through her catalog and definitely stayed up all night reading stuff like 13 Little Blue Envelopes, Girl At Sea (super fun), and her best work, The Bermudez Triangle.  Her new book, Suite Scarlett, looks totally dreamy.  She’s certainly part of the cream of the YA crop.

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