Miscellaneous things you should see

A few random things I’ve come across lately (and also a purge of blog drafts I’ve had sitting around for months):

Man on Wire – this is a documentary about a pretty crazy guy who tightrope-walked between the Twin Towers in the 70s. Most of the documentary is actually about the planning and everything leading up to the stunt, but it’s definitely worth a watch. The weirdest part about the documentary for me, though, was the construction of the towers…so surreal to watch after so much footage of their collapse.

20th Century Fox on… – You’ve heard the 20th Century Fox theme on flute (recorder?), right? Here are a couple more for your listening pleasure: 20th Century Fox on sax and my personal favorite, the trumpet.

Catch Me If You Can was on TV the other night and as I watched it again, I realized how much I love that movie. Midcentury goodness, John William’s awesome score, Leo and Tom Hanks…can’t really go wrong with a combo like that. Also, really awesome/interesting true story about Frank Abagnale.

I’ll leave you with this random yet captivating video of approximately one gazillion bouncy balls in San Francisco. Color explosion!!

May the odds…

Note: I originally wrote this entry in May of 2011, not sure why I never published it. Anyway, I’m currently reading HG for a second time and prepping for the midnight showing with my coworkers, so I thought now is as good a time as any to post!

It’s been a long time since I haven’t been able to put a book down. But my god, THE HUNGER GAMES.

I’m convinced that if these books had come out when I was 10 years old, it would have been the FINAL PUSH that would’ve made me want to devote my life to being a writer.

Well actually, maybe not. Harry Potter came out when I was 10, and although I devoured the first four books and even wrote a “novel” that was super inspired by HP, by the time I graduated high school I somehow wasn’t that into them anymore. I still haven’t read books 6 and 7 *hides* …So I guess things change no matter what, and by that point I was a complete and total band/drum corps geek who didn’t have time to wait in lines at Barnes & Noble because I was off playing vibes and sleeping on bus floors.

Anyway, the point of this post (besides READ THE HUNGER GAMES) is…it’s time I get back into reading for fun. High school basically killed my imagination and ability to simply read a book for its story (ANALYZE ANALYZE ANALYZE THEME MOTIFS ALLEGORY) and college just made me want to read psychology books and other assorted non-fiction. But now that’s all done and I can finally enjoy reading again.

As a result, I made a list of books to read (updated, 3/2012):

Tales of the City – Armistead Maupin
Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas (and other Hunter S. Thompson titles)
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
Triumph of the City – Edward L Glaeser
The Irresistible Henry House – Lisa Grunwald
HP6 and HP7 :\

Suggestions, anyone?

What’s your Golden Age?

I recently watched Midnight in Paris for a second time and decided that it was definitely one of my favorite Woody Allen movies to date. Besides the amusement of Owen Wilson basically channeling Woody Allen’s rambly and neurotic behavior, this movie pretty much speaks directly to my own obsessions. In the movie, Gil is obsessed with the Paris of the ’20s, always going on about how everything was so much more vibrant and alive in that era than in modern day. And when he magically gets transported into that time, he meets a girl who says the same thing about Paris at the turn of the century. The idea being: everyone has their own “Golden Age,” and what one person considers utterly boring and unexciting could someday be another person’s dream come true.

It made me realize that I have several distinct “Golden Ages,” periods and places that I would give anything to have lived through, but instead have to experience vicariously through movies and books. :P This includes:


Los Angeles in the 20s. I don’t really care for Hollywood nowadays, but to have seen it in its heyday back when movies were still a novel idea – that would be awesome. I definitely think that was the greatest era in LA’s history: people getting dressed up to go to the movies, the original studios, stars like Rudolph Valentino and Gloria Swanson defining celebrity. I think the only times that I miss LA are when I watch an old film and start to get all nostalgic about how exciting those times must’ve been. Luckily I lived there when I first went through my silent film obsession, so I could visit the Chaplin Studios, Grauman’s Theater, and old celebrity mansions while I had the chance.


San Francisco in the 60s. It goes without saying: the music, the people, the Summer of Love…I am SO ENVIOUS of anyone who got to live through this time. I don’t care if it’s super idealistic (I mean, I know that things weren’t all peace and love and flowers), but, you gotta admit that there was nothing quite like SF in the 1960s. Oh, and people say Woodstock was the height of 60s music…just for the record, Monterey Pop was WAYYYY better (want/need this).


New York in the 70s. Like I’ve said before, I have this sort of metropolitan obsession, which I think is epitomized by NYC in the 1970s. There are tons of movies/shows/etc. that feed this obsession, including Taxi, Paul Simon’s first solo albums, the first seasons of SNL, and most Woody Allen films. I’m also fascinated with 1950s Greenwich Village (beat scene, anyone?)…but 70s NYC is always what I think of when I imagine city life.

I’m sure there are more random, obscure ones I can think of (Mozart’s era circa 1780s Vienna FTW!), but these are my obvious favorites. And if you haven’t already seen Midnight in Paris, I highly recommend it!