Saturday, July 12, 2008

It is Saturday

And I am sitting in my apartment, watching Ghostbusters and eating Maggie Moo's ice cream right out of the container. Life is good.

In case you were wondering, these last few weeks have been chock-full of revelations and relaxations. Below is a list of some of those moments.

1) I think Not-blogging/Blogging may really affect my writing. I have been reading lots (preparing for the book chapter and the conference paper), but I have not written a thing in weeks. If writing is dinner, then blogging is like a good, cold martini--gets the mouth and mind ready for the meal.

2) Vermont is everything it's cracked up to be.

3) Ordering a coffee and a sidecar really does make one feel like Auntie Mame.

4) I am looking forward to school starting in the fall--I will bring you a bouquet of freshly sharpened pencils.

5) The hotdogs at Shea Stadium are better than the hotdogs at Yankee.

6) I seem to have misplaced my DVD of Eddie Izzard's "Dressed to Kill"--which is fucking tragic.

7) When somebody brings me flowers, my day always gets better.

8) Howard Frank Mosher, a guy who writes about the Kingdom (also known as the
northern part of VT--where my daddy is from), is awesome. I just read two of his books, "Marie Blythe" and "Northern Borders," and I cannot recommend them highly enough.

9) I think "When You are Engulfed in Flames" is my new favorite David Sedaris book. As a collection, it is pretty much stellar.

10) Wall-e is lovely. And I think it was the result of a drunken dare. Over sidecars and coffee on some Saturday night, some random said to the Pixar folks, "I'll bet you cannot make an adorable, touching, beautiful movie starring a robot. That doesn't speak. Whose sidekick is a cockroach. Seriously."

11) This is for E!: I've been thinking about your voicemail message the other day, and here's what I think. I think memory works in a reactive manner... Like, the same way that skin does--two functions:
a) Separation: in the process of creating a self, a collection of memories and recollections, memory works to separate things out from other things--creating and keeping the self intact and whole (most of the time). Which also might be why people with memory issues are so at-a-loss in the symbolic order.
b) Protection: the separation of self from other, through specific memories and (sometime) imaginative re-collecting, keeps the dangerous, self-splitting stuff out. Like skin, memory builds up around the soft, tender parts and becomes a kind of barrier--not completely impenetrable but better than being always-already-open--to the vicissitudes of world.

12) The view from the top of the Met is incomparable. You should see it. Call me, and I'll meet you there.


Rob said...

Matthew just started reading "When You Are Engulfed In Flames" and I would like to say that I am waiting patiently.

james said...

Patience is over-rated.