Culture Snapshots

— Today is finally here. I thought it would never arrive. Britney’s new album is now out. I am DYING to hear it. I am not kidding.

— Still working on Bleak House. I adore it, and actually shed tears over it a couple days ago. A touching reunion scene between Esther and her you-know-who. I have also laughed so loud in public while reading it that I scared passersby. Loving the book.

— Thoughts on The Darjeeling Limited to come. I felt alone in my deep love for it – faced against the entire planet who did not like it – until I talked to Siobhan – she loved it, too.

— Speaking of The Darjeeling Limited, I cannot get enough (literally) of the song that plays over the end credits: “Les Champs Elysees” – by Joe Dassin. A happier song you’ve never heard. It has the same effect on me that “Fields of Joy” by Lenny Kravitz has. I just feel little bursts of pure happiness throughout – why??? I don’t know. I am now in the autistic phase of playing “Les Champs Elysees” over … and over … and over … and over …

— Dear Simon Callow: when is volume 3 of your Orson Welles biography coming out?? Soon? I beg of you? You’re a marvelous writer -volume 2 ends in 1948 – so we have quite a ways to go until “we will sell no wine before its time.” GREAT accomplishment, Mr. Callow – it’s stunning. More, please, more!!

— Here’s some photos of Dean Stockwell’s collages and dice sculptures from his current show in Taos, New Mexico. He also has created (Stevie and I drooled over them) an entire Tarot card pack – original collages for each card – I think the whole set (arcana) was 1200 bucks – and they were fantastic!!!

— Kate left me a message the other night. “So … I am calling you from the ancien regime …”


— George Washington read the 101st Psalm? A series of awesome posts tracking down the source of the anecdote:
George Washington read the 101st Psalm
Another Version of Andrew Leavitt’s Story
The Little Lady Who Started the Anecdote?
Meanwhile, Back in October 1775
Rev. Waldo and Gen. Washington
Another Washington’s Psalm Legend

An unbelievable blog … seriously!!

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9 Responses to Culture Snapshots

  1. Stevie says:

    Dean’s Tarot cards were spectacular, weren’t they? Seems like the greatest idea, to use his collage-making talents to create those cards. I was dying to ask him his inspiration – guess it’ll have to wait until we see him again, eh? Meanwhile I hope I stumble across a set of them on ebay :)

  2. Emily says:

    Today is finally here…hahaha. I love that you haven’t given up on Britney. I’m just going to be relieved to finally hear something about her that’s related to her work and not the train wreck. I love that the album is getting a positive response, too. There’s hope yet! Come back to us, cute Britney!

  3. Kate P says:

    I was wondering if anyone had seen “Darjeeling” and their thoughts–I read a fairly favorable review of it, but I can’t remember where.

    But I can’t see it until I’ve seen “Bella.” Prioities.

    Question: is that DEAN saying, “No God,” in the trailer for that scary vampire movie?

  4. Mark says:

    Question: is that DEAN saying, “No God,” in the trailer for that scary vampire movie?

    IMDB says no.

  5. red says:

    Mark beat me to it. No.

  6. red says:

    Emily – I live in hope! I’ve liked the couple of songs I’ve heard – and the lyrics are neurotic and INSANELY aggressive. Hysterical. Go, Brit!

  7. Kate P says:

    Thanks, both of you! Boy, I was pretty convinced.

  8. red says:

    Stevie, hon – could you email me your snail-mail address? I have something I want to send to you!

  9. perinne says:

    sheila, i check in with you every once in a while for a few laughs and book updates, and although i’m rarely an online commenter i could not help letting you know that The Darjeeling Limited instantly shot to a slot in my Top 5, and i am delighted that you love it! have you heard jason schwartzmann’s band? -coconut records. listen to the song west coast.

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