Wednesday, January 5th, 2005 • 1 Comment on Recommendations From a Really Sick Girl
I’m sick. Again. It’s either a continuation of the end-of-2004 sickness or it’s all new sickness. In either case, it feels frighteningly flu-like, though I refuse to accept that’s what it might be. Let’s just call it a really bad cold.
Anyway, while I’m working on getting better, and until I can think without my brain hurting, I thought I’d offer up some recommendations of things I’ve enjoyed lately. (And no, Jae, wine won’t be on the list.)
Closer is one of the best movies I’ve seen in the past couple of years. Natalie Portman grew up when I wasn’t looking. She is luminous as Alice, the most intriguing and enigmatic character of the cast, though all of the actors’ performances are impressive. The movie is not sexually explicit, but it deals with sex in a surprisingly raw and unflinchingly honest way. Love, lies, lust and loss—this is an amazing movie. Oscar nominations are deserved.
On New Year’s Day, Jay and I saw Movin’ Out. I’ve seen Billy Joel in concert four times and own just about every song he ever recorded, so I expected to like this musical for the soundtrack, if nothing else. Twyla Tharp’s choreography makes this show and I was pleasantly surprised at the enthusiastic performances and creative staging. The principal actors/dancers are a gifted bunch, especially the long-legged Holly Cruikshank.
It’s not mine, but Jay’s shiny new iPod is an impressive little toy. He just got it today and has already loaded over 6,000 songs, with space to spare. If you love music and want to be able to take it with you where ever you go, get an iPod.
I’m shamelessly recommending my own story, “Blue Suede Shoes” which is currently appearing in the hot-off-the-presses Best Lesbian Erotica 2005. I received my contributor’s copies of a couple days ago and while I haven’t had a chance to read the entire collection, it seems to be a pretty well-rounded anthology with some big names, a handful of newcomers and the in-betweeners like me. This is the tenth anniversary of the Best Lesbian Erotica series and editor Tristan Taormino and Cleis Press do an amazing job of producing a quality anthology each year (and winning Lambda Literary Awards in 2003 and 2004) as well as paving the way for writers and other publishers.
That’s all for now. Unless someone has a really good cold medicine recommendation? Nothing I’m taking is making me feel better.