Saturday, October 31, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
HUBERT Well then. Let me introduce myself: Hubert Lubert, a novelist by profession, by vocation, even, and I might add, of some renown. Since I am a novelist, then, I write novels. And since I write novels, I deal with characters. And now one of them has vanished. Literally. A novel I had just begun, about ten pages, fifteen at the most, and in which I had placed the highest hopes, an now the principal character, whom I had barely begun to outline, disappears. As I obviously cannot continue without him, I have come to ask you to find him for me.
MORCOL All right, all right. Obviously you haven’t got a photograph.
HUBERT Obviously not.
MORCOL Allow me to ask you a few questions. Age?
HUBERT Young, as I saw him.
MORCOL Special peculiarities?
HUBERT I haven’t given him any.
HUBERT I intended him to live in the rue Bleue.
MORCOL What number?
HUBERT An odd number.
MORCOL Which one? There are quite a lot.
HUBERT I haven’t decided yet.
MORCOL None of this helps me very much.
HUBERT As I told you, I’d only just begun him.
MORCOL Has he any relations? Any friends?
HUBERT I haven’t thought about that yet, but I have very pure fiancée in mind for him.
MORCOL Does he like her?
HUBERT We haven't reached that point yet.
Queneau is such a fantastic writer of dialogue, I've always been able to hear the inflections in the voices without any effort. And he has a great sense of humor which shows through in subtle word play that I've always enjoyed. This particular passage cracked me up, as just last week, I would have felt much like Hubert trying to describe my main character.
I'm happy to report that me and my character are much closer now. We've bonded. Then again, she's only about 10-15 pages old, so I'd better be sure not to lose her in a strong wind.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
I will be very careful the next time I fall in love, she told herself. Also, she had made a promise to herself that she intended on keeping. She was never going to go out with another writer: no matter how charming, sensitive, inventive or fun they could be. They weren’t worth it in the long run. They were emotionally too expensive and the upkeep was too complicated. They were like having a vacuum cleaner around that broke all the time and only Einstein could fix.
She wanted her next lover to be a broom.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Cocoon - Back to Panda Mountain: This is a live album from one the best French indie-pop bands around. Their debut album My Friends All Died in a Plane Crash has been one of my favorites for the last year or so. They sing beautiful campfire pop songs that are also incredibly sad. They don't lose anything live and the crowd's interaction almost adds to the nature of the songs.
Noel Gallagher - The Dreams We Have As Children: A recording of Noel's solo concert at the Royal Albert Hall was a vastly pleasant surprise. A lot of these songs, I've heard Noel sing before, either because he sings them on the albums or they're songs such as "Wonderwall" where Liam has refused to sing over the years. Some, were new to me with Noel's voice and they sound great. I love Liam's voice, but there's also something about hearing the emotion that the songwriter puts into a tune that is pretty unbeatable.
Queenadreena - Djin: The highlight of the second half of my week was when the new album by one of my favorite bands of the decade came in the mail. Rising from the ashes of Daisy Chainsaw, this is Queenadreena's first album since The Butcher and the Butterfly, one of my 10 favorites of the decade, and this is just as brutal and powerful. Self-released, this is only available from the band's website as of now, but worth the buy. Katie Jane Garside's voice is just as brilliant as it was back in 1992 when Daisy Chainsaw burst onto the scene. David Gray's guitar playing is violent and amazing. Highly recommend you get anything and everything by this band.
Bear Hands - Golden EP: This was the opening band for the Manics on Wednesday, so I checked them out before hand. This is the Brooklyn based band's only release thus far, but I understand a full-length is soon on the way. They're in the mold of other recent NYC post-punk outfits producing a fuzzed-out fast paced rock that's also strangely danceable. Reminds me a lot of Death From Above (1979). Good stuff.
The Executioner's Last Song - Volume 1: This compilation is a collection of songs surrounding death, capital punishment, and sadness featuring greats like Neko Case, Johnny Dowd, and many more. Some great death folk music on here with a political message. Great for fans of Murder by Death, Bonnie Prince Billy's I See a Darkness, and other such greats.
Etta James - Come a Little Closer: I picked this up on vinyl this week and really enjoyed it. Etta's voice is always amazing, but there's an added element of a tortured soul in this collection of soul songs. Recorded while she was in rehab, you can hear the tinge of defeat and sadness even in the upbeat songs, which gives them an added depth.
Harry Nilsson - A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night: Nilsson had become a rock star prior to recording this album, and rumor is, he didn't like being one. So came this album that must have shocked fans of his previous albums at the time. This is a collection of standards, crooned in Rat Pack glory. But it's a great listen and Nilsson's voice never sounded better.