August 31, 2006
German MSKIN Reprint
Hey y'all. I'll update this blog in a few days or so. In the meantime, let me note that the Comments section of the blog is going through some problems and changes again, but very soon you'll be able to post again. I've just had way, way, way too much bad luck with spammers lately, so we're trying something different.
In the meantime...
above is a not-very-good reproduction of the cover for the new German reprint of Mysterious Skin, just out from Bruno Gmunder. (This publisher mostly used to publish gay photo books and the like, but they're starting to branch out into literature.) I like this cover--it's TONS better than the original German edition of the novel from '96, which had a cover so atrocious I won't even upload a photo of it here.
I can't believe it's September already. Okay, off to watch TiVo: (ahem)
Big Brother All-Stars and a huge batch of Little Britain episodes (an obsession of mine; see photos below for some of my favorite characters).
August 24, 2006
17 Films / 17 Child Actors / 17 Great Performances
(1) Ana Torrent, Spirit of the Beehive (age 6 at time of filming)
(2) Yûya Yagira, Nobody Knows (age 13)
(3) Jean-Pierre Léaud, The 400 Blows (age 14)
(4) William Eadie, Ratcatcher (unknown, but character is 12)
(5) Victoire Thivisol, Ponette (age 4)
(6) Vinícius de Oliveira, Central Station (age 12)
(7) Ivan Dobronravov, and (8) Vladimir Garin (R.I.P.), The Return (ages 13 and 15)
(9) Scarlett Johansson, Manny & Lo (age 11)
(10) Linda Blair, The Exorcist (age 13)
(11) Mary Badham, To Kill a Mockingbird (age 9)
(12) Adan Jodorowsky, Santa Sangre (unknown)
(13) Judith Vittet, The City of Lost Children (age 8)
(14) River Phoenix, Stand By Me (age 14)
(15) Arno Frisch, Benny's Video (age 14)
(16) Patty Duke, The Miracle Worker (age 15)
(17) Mohsen Ramezani, The Color of Paradise (unknown)
August 23, 2006
15 Early Contenders for "Best Song of 2006"
(1) Band of Horses, "The Funeral"
(2) The Knife, "We Share Our Mother's Health"
(3) Film School, "On and On"
(4) Thom Yorke, "Harrowdown Hill"
(5) Ellen Allien & Apparat, "Rotary"
(6) Camera Obscura, "Lloyd, I'm Ready To Be Heartbroken"
(7) Monoland, "Yuriko"
(8) Midlake, "Head Home"
(9) Wilderness, "Emergency"
(10) Gregor Samsa, "Lessening"
(11) Belle & Sebastian, "Act of the Apostle"
(12) Jeniferever, "From Across the Sea"
(13) Lansing-Dreiden, "A Line You Can Cross"
(14) Junior Boys, "In the Morning"
(15) Mogwai, "Friend of the Night"
August 17, 2006
Happy Birthday, Brady Corbet
Happy birthday to the coolest teenage friend I have. Above: a photo of Brady and Joe that was in i-D Magazine (UK) around the time of the film's release; I forgot to post it here when it first appeared, so here it is now.
August 14, 2006
Novels I Loved When I Was Ten
My dad taught me to read when I was really young, so by the time I was ten or so, I thought I was Hot Shit. I read as many books as I could from the Young Adult section of the Hutchinson, Kansas library. I read a LOT of books about ghosts, UFOs, and Bigfoot / Loch Ness Monster. I conned my mom into letting me read her treasured true-crime paperbacks.
But I probably read novels the most. As you can see by this list, I wasn't exactly seeking out the most obscure stuff. But here were twelve of my favorites.
(Pictured above: (first row) Gertrude Chandler Warner, THE BOXCAR CHILDREN (my all-time favorite kids' book--honestly, I read it more than 30 times); L. Frank Baum, THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ; Helen Fuller Orton, MYSTERY IN THE PIRATE OAK (actually, I liked MYSTERY UP THE WINDING STAIR better, but I couldn't find a photo of it); Thomas Rockwell, HOW TO EAT FRIED WORMS; (second row) Mary Norton, THE BORROWERS; Donald J. Sobol, ENCYCLOPEDIA BROWN: BOY DETECTIVE (I devoured all of these in the series); Gary Paulsen, HATCHET; E.L. Konigsburg, FROM THE MIXED-UP FILES OF MRS. BASIL E. FRANKWEILER; (third row) Paul Zindel, THE PIGMAN (I thought I was cool for reading this teenage book when I wasn't yet a teenager); William Golding, LORD OF THE FLIES (same goes for this, and it probably turned me gay); S.E. Hinton, THE OUTSIDERS; Judy Blume, THEN AGAIN, MAYBE I WON'T (I wrote my first 'fan letter' to her, and she wrote back. This was one of my most treasured keepsakes until my stepfather mistakenly tossed it into the trash a decade later).
August 05, 2006
Saw The Descent last night. Fantastic. I haven't been that scared in a movie theater since The Blair Witch Project. Unrelenting and surprising and really, really scary. I went with my friends David and Craig, and we all commented later how LOUD the theater got--I don't think I'd ever heard people screaming so much, or so loudly.
While I'm on the subject of creepy, I'll once again recommend Silent Shout, the new cd by The Knife, easily one of my favorites of the year so far, and finally available domestically. Oh, and go here to see the great video for the title track, which is about as nightmare-inducing as the Brothers Quay films for His Name is Alive or those amazing Aphex Twin videos (ie this one or this one) from a few years back.
August 02, 2006
Wow, I'm sorry I haven't said a word in days. I'm stuck in some kind of summer doldrum. Give me a few more days to tumble out of it. In the meantime, here's a photo from last week, after our hike to the top of Camel's Hump mountain in Vermont, before the torrential rain battered us all the way back down. Pictured are (below) Maggie, Gladys, and Iris, and (above) Tom, Brian, Matt, Michael, Mike, me, and John.