“The connection so crispy, so clean, so beefy”

My title today is how choreographer and wordsmith Lil’ C described an adorable lyrical hip-hop number from last week’s So You Think You Can Dance, choreographed by Tabitha and Napoleon D’Umo, danced by Melanie Moore and Marko Germar, and linked to here, because you should really go watch it. It’s like an entire romantic comedy… Read more »

“Jarndyce and Jarndyce drones on.”

As often happens, I’ve got tons I’d like to blog about and no time. Ack! So, quickly, I’ve got two recommendations to offer: A book called The Brothers Story, by Katharine Sturtevant. Loved the characterizations, loved being inside Kit’s head while he works through a whole lot of things. If you like BBC productions of… Read more »

These Are the Creatures in Your Neighborhood

A few days ago, while walking down a nearby street, I came upon an enormous wild turkey. It was rather a surprising sight in the middle of Cambridge, Massachusetts. A confused man was taking pictures of it. We had a little chat about how confused we were about it. Later the same day, I was… Read more »

Your Sun Is Lighting My Moon

So, years ago, when I started an email correspondence with my lovely Australian publicist, we discovered that not only had he and I both studied at Sydney Uni at the same time, in the same program, possibly even taking the same lectures — but I’d worked at the pub where he’d gone to drink beer!… Read more »

Linky Randutiae

I cannot recommend last weekend’s This American Life, called “DIY,” strongly enough. Here’s the description from the website: “After four lawyers fail to get an innocent man out of prison, his friend takes on the case himself. He becomes a do-it-yourself investigator. He learns to read court records, he tracks down hard-to-find witnesses, he gets… Read more »

Friday Randutiae

It has been brought to my attention that I’m working too much. Thank goodness for the people in my life who point out to me, now and then, that I have the tendency to work too much. This blog is not work. It’s fun, it clears out my head. So… here comes some randutiae! I… Read more »

Silence

I’m reading a book that’s gutting me and I can’t put it down; I had to hide it under a pile of blankets today in order to get any work done; and I think you should read it, too. It’s called Hush and it’s by Eishes Chayil, which is a pseudonym that means woman of… Read more »

Notes for the New Year

I kind of love New Year’s. Other holidays make me grumpy, but the new year makes me all contemplative and stuff. I’m thinking about my resolutions for this year, and will probably post something about that soon. To my readers in Germany: I’ll be visiting you this March (yay!), in Cologne, Leipzig, and possibly other… Read more »

The Blog: Bollywood Edition

And now I would like to offer a few more movie recommendations for the uninitiated, from the only-recently initiated.  I’ve never been one for plot summary. Instead, I’ll tell you a snippet about what struck me, while also trying to convey a little something about why Bollywood has captured my heart.  (BTW — if you’re… Read more »