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October round-up

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what i bought today: movies, books, stationery

At Best Buy:

At Transitions Bookplace:

Notes: I’d avoided Transitions for years, put off by it’s presumed hippie nature. And I was pleasantly surprised to find a soothing place that buzzed with activity but wasn’t loud.

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Advent day 8: DVD-Day

A list of movies I’ve always wanted other people to buy me

  • Paris Is Burning: I first saw this when I was fifteen and spending a lot of time with Kim at her local video store. I think she used to work there or something, but she had a milk crate to sit on. I think I may have asked one of the guys to go to prom with me, but he may have been unavailable, gay, or both. I don’t remember why he went. BUT ANYWAY: this movie defines fierceness. If I ever went to graduate school, it would probably be in cinema studies so I could write my dissertation on this movie.
  • Metropolitan: What it’s like to be an outsider on the Upper East Side, or anywhere else. So I’m not a white red-headed boy from the Upper West Side trying to fit in with a bunch of post-boarding school socialites and various hangers-on, but sometimes I feel in my soul of souls that I am, in fact, Tom Townsend.
  • The West Wing – The Complete Series Collection: I kept watching, even after series creator Aaron Sorkin left to… do whatever. I don’t remember why he left, but what’s important is that the magic and the snark and the pedi-conferencing didn’t leave when he did. Also, Bradley Whitford? Adorable.
  • Viva Pedro: The Almodóvar Collection: If I even have to explain it, then there’s something wrong with you. Or you just need to see this work.
  • Eclipse Series 6 – Carlos Saura’s Flamenco Trilogy (Blood Wedding / Carmen / El Amor Brujo): I’d want it just for Carmen, which was the best movie I was ever made to watch for high school Spanish (followed closely by El Norte).
  • Strangers on a Train: The perfect mix of hilarious and scary. Okay, maybe scary not so much as suspenseful. Seriously — the scene with the tennis match where all the spectators’s heads are moving, following the ball, except for Bruno’s, who’s fixated on Guy?

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another day, another damn holiday gift guide

The Onion has chimed in for the third year in a row with The A.V. Club’s Third Annual Surpisingly Specific Holiday Gift Guide. I don’t know that the guide itself is surprising — Rock Band is their lead-off, and no surprise given its constant comparison to Guitar Hero — or specific — who couldn’t use a Slingbox? — but it skews towards DVD and CD box sets (duh) and is the first guide I’ve seen this year which features the Toilet aquarium: “For People Who’ve Become Bored With Everyday, Routine Pooping”

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Advent Day 4: Rufus! Rufus! Rufus!

Rufus Does JudyIf I’d gotten my shit together, I would have gotten tickets to one of Rufus Wainwright’s “Judy at Carnegie Hall” concerts this past year. As it is, I got a few songs like “Get Happy” when I saw him perform at Ravinia this year, but it’s not the same. Anyway, I can now get the CD and DVD and relive the night that never was (for me).

Image from RufusWainwright.com.

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