1. P. came down to New York this past weekend, and we tried to maximize every last ounce of time together via one cousin's post-elopement party, meeting another cousin's new baby girl, kitchen-muddled Old Fashions at 3am with yet another cousin, and going to the talkies just the twozuvuss, where we saw Drive. And my gawd, it was so unbelievably cool. I can't believe I'm saying an off-beat car chase movie might be the best film I'm seen all year, but, really. Think John Ford classic western re-imagined as Miami Vice but set in contemporary downtown LA with a pitch-perfect cast and a few staggering moments of Tarantinoesque gore. If that sounds like your cup of tea then I'd say don't read the reviews and don't watch the trailer, just go see it in a packed theater late at night with a film geek friend/lover and an open mind (and it *is* the kind of movie you want to see in a packed theater- the energy and ocasional input from the crowd totally made the experience). It's a slick, gorgeous and unexpectedly satisfying little film, and the music is perfection; try this and this. And report back; I'm eager to hear if other peeps loved it as much as I did. Or maybe I'm just a sucker for old cars and 80s soundtracks.
2. I spent the better part of Sunday working in the studio, where I got all fired up poring through Ernst Haeckel's incredible prints from Art Forms in Nature. For those of you new to the strange and wondrous world of Haeckel, let's go over the facts: German biologist, naturalist, philosopher, physician, professor, artist, mountain climber and the greatest proponent of evolutionary theory in late-19th century mainland Europe. He also discovered and described thousands of new species in his vast travels, mapped a genealogical tree connecting all forms of life and had a soft spot for sponges. I'm totally adding him to my all-time greatest dinner party guest list of dead people. He can sit right next to Gertrude Bell. And we'll all watch Drive after digestifs and discuss.
Hope you had a good weekend. Real life is getting in the way of blog life it seems, so bear with me with these sporadic posts until I get the swing of things.