Tuesday, July 15, 2014

the goldfinch

The GoldfinchThe Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kinda one of the best endings of a book I've read in along time. A guy on the subway commented, "It gets slow but keep with it." So true sir! There were times I just didn't know where it was going but the conclusion was the best mix of truth and bitter sweetness.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

much ado for shakespeare in the park


so i've tried for every year to get tickets to shakespeare in the park. i was the 7th person in line last year when the last voucher was given away at joe's pub. i'd heard of friends winning the vitual lottery, but i've only become familiar with:

Hello –
Thank you for signing up for the Virtual Ticketing Lottery for Free Shakespeare in the Park. Unfortunately, you have not been selected to receive tickets to tonight’s performance. We encourage you to try again for a future performance.
Thank you,
Your friends at The Public Theater

this was six years of trying friends. to end my misery, my roommate camped out sunday morning for the ridiculous ticket distribution line. she kindly graced me with a ticket after hearing me harp about my rejection over and over again the year before. needless to say the performance was everything i'd waited for. much ado is close to my heart as i grew up on the kenneth branagh version, where his then partner emma thompson was the beatrice to his benedict. i even was in a production in high school. i was dogberry. "o that i had been writ down an ass!" it's recently been back in my mind since watching the modern take that joss whedon released last year. lily rabe and hamish linklater were fabulous as the witty pair spitting the best lines of any shakespearean couple. bonus, game of thrones's oberyn as the villan don john. i was constantly picturing his viciously eye bursting death in GoT ever time he came on. so finally one of my major nyc bucket list items has been checked.

Friday, June 27, 2014

social media holiday

i took a social-media holiday this year, from january until the beginning of may, mostly because i began to miss time to be bored in. i'd realized that the biggest problem i had with things like twitter was that time i used to spend in a cab, staring out of the window, being bored, i would now spend being interested in twitter and dealing with my feed. that was great, but there was no bored. i missed that...so i took a holiday to get my boredom back.

-neil gaiman
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