B-Boy Limping

The amazing Maria Bamford
June 12, 2010, 6:56 am
Filed under: Comedy, Hey Ladieesss!, New York

At Comix, 6/11/2010. Right before I got yelled at for taking the shot, hence the blurriness.

(It was totally worth it.)

Last night I hung out with Lions
June 11, 2010, 1:24 pm
Filed under: New York, Reading is fun, Theater

Young Lions, that is, at the NYPL’s 10th Annual Young Lions Fiction Award ceremony, held each year to honor a writer 35 and under for a novel or collection of stories. Famous people read from the nominees’ stuff. And here they are now…

The boyz:

Host and Co-Chair Ethan Hawke reading from All the Living, by C.E. Morgan;
Mark Ruffalo reading from The Longshot by Katie Kitamura;
Josh Hamilton reading from the short story collection Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned, by Wells Tower, and
Alessandro Nivola reading from American Rust by Philipp Meyer.

The girl:

Emily Mortimer reading from The Manual of Detection by  Jedediah Berry.

The boyz looking at the girl:

Except for you, Alessandro. She’s your wife. Pay attention!

And the winner:

Wells Tower (pic TK), who was remarkably calm for just having won ten thou$$$and bucks. But maybe because he was also recently included in The New Yorker’s 20 under 40, has two Pushcart Prizes, The Paris Review‘s Plimpton Prize, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Also,  he did New York magazine’s prestigious 21 Questions.  I guess after that, $10,000 cash money is like, nothing.

The drinkz and snackz:

Because this is my blog.

And the face:

Whoever smelt it, dealt it, Ethan.


Dan and Julia love ice cream
June 11, 2010, 7:15 am
Filed under: New York | Tags:

A story
June 6, 2010, 7:10 pm
Filed under: Nature!, sometimes i like to do things with dolls

One sweltering summer day, MJ decided to cool himself with a visit to the lake.

“What can I do?” He wondered.

“I know! I’ll take a swim!”

But his plans were thwarted by the imposing signage.

“No swimming?!? What will I do now???”

MJ was distraught. Here he was, all alone, wearing a red leather outfit in the hot hot heat (geez, that’s your own fault, MJ), and with nothing to keep him occupied. He didn’t even bring a notebook to journal in!

Or the latest Vogue!

Then he heard rustling in the leaves.

“Hey! Who’s there!?” He asked, leaning slightly to the right.

“Hello, it’s me! The Travelocity gnome. I’m out scouting for places to stay.”

“You’re scouting out places at the lake?” Michael threw his arms up in disbelief.

“But there are no hotels here!”

“I know!” said the gnome. But we also have many squirrel clients. I’m looking for places for them.”

“Ah. Places like this hollow tree stump I’m sitting on?”

“Places EXACTLY like that hollow tree stump you’re sitting on. Yay, I’m done!

But now I’m stuck here all day until my driver picks me up. Whatever will I do to pass the time?”

Michael, sensing an opportunity, suggested

“Maybe we can have a picnic.”

And that is how Michael Jackson met his friend the Travelocity gnome.

Last night I went to a Kings of Convenience show
June 6, 2010, 10:04 am
Filed under: Music, New York

at Webster Hall. And it was bangin’. You know, in that “Quiet Is The New Loud” sort of way.

They’re just two Norwegian dudes, Erlend Øye and Eirik Glambek Bøe, but they own the stage with hypnotizing harmonies. However we can’t overlook Erlend’s um, inventive dancing, which is on full display in their adorable “I’d Rather Dance With You” video. It won’t let me embed but I highly recommend watching.

Here’s a shaky fan vid for a taste (FF to 1:20):

Erlend’s really got the rhythm in him (those hips!), so it’s no surprise that dabbles in dance.  In 2003  he released a solo electronica album, Unrest, and also has a dance project called Whitest Boy Alive. He’s also collaborated with Röyksopp on songs including the excellent “Remind Me,” and the Kings of Convenience remix album, Versus, which is well worth a listen.

Hopefully next he puts out a dance DVD so I can learn his sweet moves.

Governors Island opening day (a.k.a. I’m back, y’all)
June 6, 2010, 7:50 am
Filed under: Music, Nature!

The outdoor sculpture:

Sprinkled around the island. We played “spot the art” and the piece resembling a tree stumped us at first. But then we figured it out. ‘Cause we’re smart!

The unicyclists:

I was like “Look! Like the circus!” but nobody paid attention and then I was like, “Um, GUYS?!” and then Lisa said “Yeah, they were all over the place in Germany.” She would know because she recently lived there.

Germans are whimsical!

The Water Taxi beach, the stage, …

… and the Yeasayer:

At soundcheck for their free show later in the evening. Check out the rest of the concert schedule here.

Five things to do with Internet sensation “BRODYQUEST”
June 2, 2010, 3:08 pm
Filed under: oy oy oy

1) Test your geography knowledge by naming as many attractions as you can. I see Easter Island, Mount Rushmore…
2) Use it to lull your child (or your pet, or your boyfriend, etc.) to sleep.
3) Project as a backdrop for a summer barbecue. Instant summer dance party!
4) Make up an accompanying interpretive jig. Instant Irish dance party!
5) Fuel intense, amazing, Brody-filled dreams.*

*This is the one I’ll be doing.

(Thank you Oriana!)