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Hey, Nostradamus and three concerts I didn't see in June [Jun. 26th, 2005|01:37 am]
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June.

I put in a bid for a New York flight on June 11, to see TMBG. I didn't get it. But in late May, I bought a Tori Amos DVD and looked up her tour dates. She was playing in London on June 3. I would be in London on June 3. I vowed to see her... Alas, our flight was delayed, meaning I might see the last 15 minutes of her show, and on top of that, I packed several shirts - but no pants or skirts - in my suitcase. No Tori for me.

I was in London again on June 18. On this day, I read on http://throwingmusic.com, Kristin Hersh would be playing with Patti Smith in London. I arrived in London, checked the listings in Time Out, and realized that the concert was not only Patti and Kristin, but also Sinead O'Connor, Tori Amos, Beth Orton, and several others. Yeah. Unsurprisingly, it was sold out.

So I bought and read Hey, Nostradamus by Douglas Coupland. It's cool again to believe in God, according to the cinema and literature of the past few years, and who am I to disagree? This book is a single story told by four different individuals. Cheryl is "born again" to snag a man; Jason is the boy she catches, and he is only Christian enough to avoid disownership by his fundamentalist father. Heather meets Jason a decade or so after Cheryl's death, and when she loses him she looks for answers among the supernatural. The fourth chapter is narrated by Jason's fundamentalist father himself.

I realized this was a Coupland novel the moment Reg's wife shattered his kneecap with a household statue. Someone suggested to me that once you've read a certain number of Coupland novels, the (er) novelty wears off. I haven't found that to be the case, and I was absolutely in the grip of his imagery in this book. The white casket covered in Sharpie-inked good-byes. The debonair giraffe in the sheepskin jacket - oh, I say! I'm impressed by any author (hey, PKD!) who can tell a single story from so many viewpoints.

I went to Sydney a couple of days ago - arrived home this morning - and you know what I forgot to take with me? Pants! So I read the first few chapters of Sun After Dark by Pico Iyer (he meditates with Leonard Cohen in this book!!) and watched Alfie on the pay-per-view thingy. I liked it - it had hot babes, actors talking to the camera, AND not to mention Susan Sarandon cooking absinthe. Okay, I'll watch anything with Marisa Tomei, Jane Krakowski, and Jude Law. I slept on it and woke up thinking about that commercial scene in I <3 Huckabees that went something like: "These are the best tops around. Last year, not so much." (Sorry, can't remember the exact line.)

I also watched an episode of Watching Ellie with Julia Louise-Dreyfus, and Normal, Ohio with John Goodman. Now, I love Julia AND John. And I love TV. So why was I so disappointed with these sitcoms? Do they sock that hard? YES!! THEY DO!!

Anyway. So I was saying... Three concerts I didn't see in June. Babes, if you know what's good for you, you'll go to http://throwingmusic.com and click on the right-hand side to see the new 50 Foot Wave video, here. It streams really well on my stupidly slow connection. Watch it.
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From: a_o_i
2005-06-25 06:03 pm (UTC)
I find the idea of being pantsless in another country very charming. ^_^
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2005-06-27 08:58 pm (UTC)
You say that now.. wait 'til it happens to you!!
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[User Picture]From: webwawa
2005-06-25 06:04 pm (UTC)
i love douglas copland! ill have to check that out
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2005-06-27 08:58 pm (UTC)
Yes. You MUST!
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[User Picture]From: hihi_superflat
2005-06-26 02:31 pm (UTC)
Hey, Nostradamus is one of my top ten favorite books -- and yes, I have read more than 10 books. have you read Girlfriend in a Coma? That's in my top five.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2005-06-27 09:03 pm (UTC)
Girlfriend is actually my least favorite Coupland so far. It's just a matter of preference, though, you know? I don't think it was a bad story, and I was still thinking about it for weeks after I read it. Which probably indicates merit, yeah? But it was a little too preachy for me.

The thing I liked the best about Girlfriend was the way Karen's friends treated her like she'd been on Mars for a hundred years or so. I thought it was realistic; she was all like, "I'm familiar with Planet Earth, yeah, I was born here."

My favorite is All Families Are Psychotic, followed by Miss Wyoming. I love being taken on a wild ride - thanks, Doug!
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[User Picture]From: hihi_superflat
2005-06-28 02:13 pm (UTC)
It's cool. There is such a love or hate thing with Girlfriend. I'm in the middle of Miss Wyoming right now, and it's really terrific. I love the way we're not quite sure who the protagonist is, and the two keep funneling into this thing that's gonna BOOM at the end.

All Familes was great too...the creepy couple in Florida with the dungeon...seriously, that's my impression of Florida, anyway.
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[User Picture]From: joshdavis
2005-06-27 06:30 am (UTC)

Hawaiiiiiii

So, hey, I don't think we'll be trekking to Hawaii for lack of $$ and long term babysitter action, but we'll think well wishes for your reweddification. :)

Any chance there'll be some sort of reception in DFW?
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2005-06-27 09:06 pm (UTC)

Re: Hawaiiiiiii

I know it is unrealistic to expect any of our friends to suspend life in order to celebrate our union. That's why we absolutely WILL have a reception in DFW before long (say, September?), even if we won't call it that. We'll probably call it a party, and use it as an excuse to celebrate not only our, uh, reweddification, but also life, the universe, and everything. So yeah!
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[User Picture]From: joshdavis
2005-06-28 01:50 am (UTC)

Re: Hawaiiiiiii

Parties with, "hey, congrats on making formal this really long relationship you two are and have been in!" as some sort of undertone. :)
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