Sunday, December 30, 2007

better late?

I know that I'm supposed to admire the structure of stacked-slightly-off-kilter boxes, but it didn't do anything for me. The interior irritated me, starting with the pretentious-because-it-declares-itself-to-be-unpretentious concrete floor (complete with cracks). Then there were the harsh, industrial-style lights; the gift shop behind a mesh curtain of the kind you find in pawn shops; the cattle-car elevator; and the tiny cafรฉ, intended, it would seem, to be inadequate to any conceivable occasion. Everything was making a statement and issuing a challenge: Do you get it? (Obviously I didn't.)
that's stanley fish, on the new museum. i love stanley fish and his bitingness. and i love that i'm pretty sure he's talking about some of my friends. it's always awkward when you have to figure out if someone is being ironic or not, you know? how do you win that contest?

- he was quoting john mayer, i think.
- what? without irony?

i mean, it's the difference between being cool and uncool. clearly. [or, not at all clearly.]

also, this is my favorite thing ever. even though i'm super late posting it. i love it. i mean, i love obama and i think it's a good thing that he's wanted to be president for a long time. but i also love a good one-up.

“I have not been planning to run for president for however number of years some of the other candidates have been planning for,” said Obama in (where else?) Iowa.

“He says that day after day,” said Howard Wolfson, Clinton’s spokesman. This sounded to the Hillaryites like a diss, and, indeed, Obama did appear to be suggesting that she was the product of long-running crass ambition while he, reluctant soldier, was simply responding to his country’s call.

“So we put out a document, finally, that had all the instances of his saying he wanted to run for president,” Wolfson explained.

The evidence began with a magazine article that claimed that Obama started planning his campaign when he became a senator in 2005. This was followed by quotes from friends and relatives attesting that he had mentioned his aspirations in 1992, 1988 and the third grade. Finally came the coup de grรขce: testimony from his kindergarten teacher that back when he was 5, little Barack had written an essay titled: “I Want to Become President.”

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

noteable quoteables.

maybe the best svu quote ever:
cop: we caught this one with his pants down, getting ready to do her!
perp: i was just trying to help her up!
olivia: [pause] with your penis?

also, after school today:
m: you know, sometimes i say to myself, "you shouldn't leave for christmas break with your desk looking like this."
b: and then you say to yourself...
m: "... at least it doesn't look like FRB's."

hey now. creative minds are seldom tidy.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

new year, old post.

ooh, look what i found. a draft of an old post.

first, this story. maybe you all already heard the story about the mom who made the fake myspace to screw over her daughter's former friend, but i really like judith warner's blog on it. [i know, i know, all i ever read is the new york times. i'm over it.] there's something interesting here about parents feeling unfulfilled, i think. do you think that's why everyone's being friends with their kids now? i hear a lot of talk about parents being easy on their kids because they want to be friends, but not a lot about why...

also, this might be useful for anyone who believes in, you know, the sacramental life. in a God-breathed universe, eh? i like it. and i like pop culture.
http://www.godisnotelsewhere.blogspot.com/

clear oscar contenders.

k: well, i'm not trying to be all doomsday...
m: what are you, the CTA?

i was falling on the ice this weekend [into the arms of gentlemen, of course, because i'm just that kind of girl] and totally compared it to while you were sleeping. what a great movie. i'd say it's the best movie i've ever seen... about the CTA...

i mean, i really do love it. no lie. sandra bullock is definitely playing me in the movie of my life. [next question: what's the movie of my life going to be called? especially since dangerous liaisons is already taken.]

"i have to go, i'm really late, because i have to, um, go... but it was nice meeting you... jack."

also, please enjoy chad vader - and john was right, it's definitely better if you're a star wars fan. or if you were in a star wars fan club in junior high. not that i was, or anything.

this is only episode 1...

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

high class

k: are you drinking some chillable red right now?
b: yeah!
m: what?
k: [sarcastically] what? you don't know about chillable red? come onnn... i mean, it's totally a kind of wine, like merlot, or... [awkward pause] i don't know any other kinds of wine.

and that, friends, is why we're drinking franz with dinner.