Archive for March, 2011

Thursday music bonus: From Trees

I’ve got another track on a compilation that follows up on the previous Numbers Stations album. Main page is here; mine is track 12; download or stream. The whole album is totally worth a listen. One warning: my track is mostly low frequencies, so you have to listen to it on good headphones or speakers or […]

Thursday playlist: Heaven Bound

For the first eight years of life, I listened to classical music to fall asleep. Handle, Beethoven, Strauss – this kind of stuff. It was Tchaikovsky, though, that would really get me worked up and tired out before bedtime. During the finale of the “1812 Overture” I would run full-force at the couch, make a […]

Quelque chose de scintillant est dans votre avenir.

It hadn’t occurred to me beforehand that when you go out for Chinese food in Montreal, your fortune cookie will be in French. But there it was (and still is, tucked inside my wallet from just a few nights ago): “Something sparkly is in your future.” Sparkly. It’s the word I use to describe a […]

Who knew World Lit was so hard?

In a student paper on the Aeneid: “Like our class discussions, the gods have a small sense of sympathy for mortals.”

What’s her line?

When Elizabeth Taylor died last week, many people posted their favorite clips from her movies on Facebook and online. But the clip I enjoyed most was of Taylor’s appearance on “What’s My Line?” I had never watched the show before and didn’t know how it worked. But I watched the whole clip and found it […]

“I was ALMOST tricked. I read the comments and then I became fully aware that this is not a family friendly movie.”

1, 2, 3, and meta. (Post title from YouTube comments to #3.) Others worth watching?

American dreams

I Seriously Can’t Stop Watching This

It’s just so adorable. And a great song.

You Have the Right to Complain

Having spent the majority of my life in Europe I often feel like I have missed out on many a great American tradition, to the extent that I celebrate when I come face to face with even the most mundane. I remember sitting in the waiting room at the DMV just two years ago, giddy […]

Widening gyre

This whole month, both of my literature classes have turned into discussions of what defines the human and what we assume that humans deserve by being human. We’re reading a lot of 18th-century stuff on colonialism and slavery, so it keeps coming up, even if I fear that the conversation is getting wide of strictly […]