Sunday, May 31, 2009

This is almost as good as the literal video version of A-HA's Take on Me.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

wendy and lucy

I'll keep this brief. Wendy and Lucy made my soul ache. I have a soft spot for stories about lonely, quiet drifters. Give that lonely drifter a dog that will, no doubt, wind up in trouble, and it kills me. Toss me on the junk heap, 'cause I'll be a wreck by the time the credits roll. The story is simple. Wendy is on the way to Alaska. Her car breaks down in Oregon, she has no money, she loses her only friend, Lucy the dog. Now what? Jesus, yeah, now what?

As a person who likes to travel independently, I had a visceral response to Wendy's story. I've never been in her situation. If I was in serious trouble, I have family I can call. But I could easily imagine myself in Wendy's shoes. The villains in this story are bad luck, bad decisions, and not enough money; the heroes are perseverance and the small kindnesses of strangers.

I've never been a big fan of Michelle Williams before, but her performance as Wendy is just right. It's sad and exhausting and hopeful. What's amazing about Wendy is just how unamazing she is. She's a young woman in a tough spot who is just wants to get her dog back.

Saturday, May 09, 2009

this is why the internet was invented

One of the more weirdly specific, local interest blogs you will find: Rogers Park Cheetos is a photoblog that documents the occurrence of empty Cheeto bags in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago: http://rogersparkcheetos.blogspot.com/

Ever since I found this blog, I've started noticing Cheeto bag litter. It's EVERYWHERE.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Diversey Harbor: final weekend (sad trombone)

It's difficult to fathom how 844 people died within tens of feets (inappropriate English) from the edge of the Chicago River near LaSalle and Wacker; fathom the few fathoms of water it took to drown so many, and the mind flails and flops in the whirling fathoms of bafflement. On a Chicago Ghost Tour way back, I took a photo of this very spot. There were ghosts everywhere.

I'll be done shilling for the play Diversey Harbor after this weekend. We close Sunday May 10. I may hope to have more Diversey Harbor news at a later date, but for now, we'll stuff the stories into our battered steamer trunk, lug it up into the attic, and cover it with a bed sheet to protect it from the years and years of dust.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

It's way too easy to make fun of Cleveland.

Saturday, May 02, 2009

There is an entire genre of books about people who give themselves crazy assignments just so they can write a book about doing the crazy thing they wanted to write about (see also: Know It All and Round Ireland With a Fridge). Sometimes these things start as a blog that leads to a book deal, as was the case with Julie & Julia. It's an enjoyable book that my mom recommended, and it's really the kind of book that everybody's mom would recommend. The preview for the movie based on the book based on the blog is also enjoyable. How could a movie with Meryl Streep and Amy Adams and Stanley Tucci not be enjoyable, at the very least? Now is the time to start brainstorming actors who should play me in Chainsaw Calligraphy: The Movie based on the book I haven't written based on the blog I sometimes neglect.