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Quick hello from the 47th floor hotel room. There are instructions about how to open the window that I think should read “don’t.”

All my habits are out the window (habits window unfortunately does open) at the moment. But trip good so far: one big meeting done, one this afternoon.

 Saw Fun Home last night and loved it, and it was cool to see how they adapted a graphic novel into a musical, and in a theatre in the round no less. Also the kids were so so good and talented and little heartbreakers, and Castro from the Good Wife (sorry Tony-winning actor, I am a tv person and that is who you are to me) was stunning too. I met Alison Bechdel for one second about 9 years ago on another work trip to NYC and bought Fun Home from her at the comics festival we were at, and ❤️❤️❤️ is how I feel about all that. 

xo

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hot af

it is really really really hot on the second floor of ecw hq today and we have the back door wide open on the coldest day of the year and smokers be smoking in the parking lot and SO HOT.

 

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Thorold, Ontario Amputee Has His Artificial Leg Ripped Off By Police And Is Slammed In Makeshift Cell During G20 Summit – At Least One Ontario MPP Calls The Whole Episode “Shocking” (via Niagara At Large)

Another horrifying story coming out of the unlawful G20 arrests. Absolutely appalling. We need a public independent inquiry.

Thorold, Ontario Amputee Has His Artificial Leg Ripped Off By Police And Is Slammed In Makeshift Cell During G20 Summit – At Least One Ontario MPP Calls The Whole Episode “Shocking” By Doug Draper John Pruyn wasn’t much in the mood for celebrating Canada Day this year.   How could he be after the way he was treated a few days earlier in Toronto by figures of authority most of us were brought up to respect, our publicly paid-for police forces who … Read More

via Niagara At Large

(via This Ain’t The Rosedale Library) An update on our situtation.

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An update on our situtation. Our situation, which could be told as a long story about the plight of bookstores in Toronto and in many North American cities, is really quite a simple one. At our new location in Kensington Market we found a space with lower rent and overheads which thus represented an enticing solution to the difficulty of inflated rents facing many stores of our kind. For a year we worked in this space happily, until the recession hit with full force and we b … Read More

via Events & Reviews at This Ain't The Rosedale Library

KTR2010: Jen Knoch recommends Tales from Outer Suburbia (via The Keepin’ It Real Book Club)

(testing out a reblog of a post!)

Well friends, we have reached the finish line. It's Day 30 of our month-long video marathon to Keep Toronto Reading, and after kicking off the whole shebang, I thought I'd finish what I started. No one had done a children's book yet (if we don't count Lindsey Reeder's reco for a YA novel), so being a big fan of kidlit, I thought I'd give it a shot. It was really a no-brainer, and I decided to record a recommendation I've made countless times: Sha … Read More

via The Keepin' It Real Book Club

Crazy Heart

crazy heartAfter watching Crazy Heart last night, I’m in love with Bad Blake and Jeff Bridges. Bridges is Bad Blake, a broke alcoholic country singer on a crappy road tour through New Mexico, Texas, who meets reporter Julie (Maggie Gyllenhaal) and takes a shine to her. I really loved this movie: the music, the beautiful shots of the country, the performances, the songs, and the Bad Blake wardrobe. (I used to have the perfect jean shirt, not unlike Bad’s, but it got left behind and worn out. And now it’s lost forever. There’s a country song in that, I betcha.)

Jeff Bridges has always been awesome. He’s The Dude. There’s just something about his voice, his face, his manner, and that hair that compels you to love him. He hit the perfect mix of lovable and repulsive necessary for Bad Blake. After the movie, both Erino and I were talking about how much we thought about what Bad must’ve smelled like — smoking all the time, drinking, sweating, driving long distances peeing in a bottle. Rank, rank, rank. And we loved him.

Two thumbs up, you guys!

Spotted: The Debarted

Before we get into the episode, the most important question of all: what the eff was with the WOLF PACK on the highway?? (My working theory: they were sent by Republicans to ensnare the van der Bilt Democratic Congressman in a scandal.)

i'm cool with GHOST BART being in every future episode of GG. BB=hott.

As sad as I am that we have to wait until January and then only get two episodes before the big old break March, this was such an epic episode to leave us hanging.

All season it’s felt like Serena’s been headed for that car crash, and she’s never been lamer than when she was whining on the phone to Tripp about being left sans coffee and cable. Seeing her turn to Lily for help and having Blair and her family and Nate at her side was so … well, touching.

It’s been a while since Gossip Girl made me teary, multiple times in the same episode, and “The Debarted” brought that back in full force. Maybe because Stephanie Savage wrote it — her first episode of the season and the first she’s written all on her owny since “O Brother, Where Bart Thou?” This definitely felt like the sequel to that: Chuck dealing with his father’s death, pushing Blair away before realizing he does need her and his family; Dan making a declaration of love, this time to Vanessa and being shot down — a totally packed episode to end the first half of the season on a high note after some sketchy plotlines.

I’m glad the House Husband Humphrey issue was addressed. Just today at work we were talking about how empty and lame Rufus is this season. Ordering in Thanksgiving dinner? That was so not a Humphrey move. He does nothing but try to make Lily happy — and now it looks like he’s realized it may not have been worth losing his entire personality for.

So what exactly was in that letter from Doctor van der Woodsen? “Dear Serena, Your mother and I were alone … together … in a hotel room. Love Daddykins.” I’m guessing that Lily and Doc VDW didn’t actually have an affair; there’s gotta be a bigger twist. Another sibling hidden away somewhere? And Lily is such a wackjob — lying all the time to everyone about huge things but then having moments of being the perfect mother to Serena and to Charles. She confounds me!

Not that I needed an episode full of awesome Nate Archibald moments to secure my undying love for him but OMG. He’s hilarious with Dan and sweeter than sweet Nate pie with Serena and super handsome and punches out a-holes (but maybe spelled his cousin’s name wrong in his phone. it’s two Ts in Tripp, right?). I am totally 100% on Team Nate and Serena. Please let them be happy at least for an episode or two. She needs him.

To recap where we’ve left our darling UESers for the Christmas hols what seems like eternity:

  • Serena’s recovering with Prince Nate at her side,
  • Little J is a drug dealer (fail) but totes BFFs with Eric again (win),
  • Lily’s been caught in Lie #978 by Rufus, who may or may not be stepping out with the Condo Board Lady With the Unfortunate Hairline,
  • Blair and Serena are besties who tenderly mock each other’s PJs and make me cry (what? I love S and B friendshippy moments), and Blair has her Chuck back,
  • Chuck has his dead father off his back and his “dead” mother alive,
  • Dan loves Vanessa but Vanessa likes douchey Paul Hoffman, and
  • the New Mean Girls have matching handbags bought with drug money and they also have names: Sawyer, Carmen, and Jane. (Don’t ask me which is which.)

As we wait until 2010 for the next episodes of Gossip Girl, you can kill time by:

  • Making a Gossip Girl blast about yourself. Or watch mine.
  • Reading Eric Daman’s book, You Know You Want It. Let’s be honest: I will read any book that has a foreword by Leighton Meester.
  • Watching Blake Lively in the Private Lives of Pippa Lee.
  • Revisiting the first two seasons of Gossip Girl with a handy-dandy guide…like my book! Which is also available for Kindle, y’all!
  • Thinking about how amazingly well Ed Westwick did in this episode. So broken, so Chuck Bass. That moment as he and Blair walked down the hospital hallway where he sighed and then kissed her on the head? Mad love for Chuck and Blair, and those clever, clever actors Ed and Leighton.

Thoughts on the episode, my spider-monkeys?

**Oh you just can’t trust Wikipedia anymore. It said two more episodes in January, then the big break. But Gossip Girl herself says no new episodes til March. :(