Breaking Dawn, Part 1: or, what up with the venom?

17. December 2011 here now 10
In 2009, I went to a “Mommy & Me” screening of New Moon, the first installment of the Twilight Saga. “Mommy & Me” is where you try to watch a movie in the theater with your infant. Needless to say, one doesn’t retain much from such screenings. All I really remember from the first film ...

Insomnia

18. September 2011 here now 6
Track 1) The brain is grooved. It is like the needle won’t lift and go to the next track. Track 2) Will H. even recognize record players? I remember the smell of my father’s LPs in the credenza in the living room. Like old books, but sweeter. Chopin and Hair the Musical and all of ...

Dear 17 Year-old Self,

04. August 2011 here now 14
The fictional American version of high school inhabited by Molly Ringwald and Andrew McCarthy and John Cusack simply does not exist. I know this is hard for you to hear. But you will never wake up and just be Samantha Mathis in Pump Up The Volume. One day, the people in the John Hughes-era movies ...

Drive All Night

07. July 2011 here now 3
I used to want to check out every diner up and down NY-22 and I-90. I remember one that rose up off an embankment as you came around a bend, a curve of silver windows like the hull of a spaceship, behind five foot-high neon letters: DINER. It was somewhere between Williamstown and New York. ...

The Doyle and Debbie Show vs. Hedwig and the Angry Inch

30. June 2011 here now 0
A compare and contrast of two stage shows. Fun for all twenty six people who have seen both!! For the record, I enjoyed both productions immensely, and have real affection for both of the worlds being spoofed. I don’t think the tone is exactly the same, nor the politics exactly, but the similarities are striking. ...

The Women of Pop: A Response to Sasha Frere-Jones

22. June 2011 here now 15
I love pop music. Always have. Part of becoming an adult for me was the realization that I will always love pop, that I don’t have to apologize for it, and that Prince is, in fact, a genius. I will swoon for a good biblical reference by The National, as I am demographically expected to ...

Pop Life: Say Goodbye

02. June 2011 here now 5
E. wants a summer anthem, and I have a couple of options, but what kind of summer do we want? What kind of summer would each song summon? The summer I worked with E., I lived in North Adams, just outside of Williamstown, Mass. I shared a house with a fabulous redhead who went by ...