Friday, June 22, 2007

Media Refreshment

I have been bogged down in thesis work for weeks now. Long days in the library and sleepless nights as I keep realizing that I'm contradicting myself in my arguments, so I turn the light on and get up and keep typing. I finished a large section this past week so took a couple of days off to allow my brain to do something else. A little bit of media refreshment, as it were:

Viewing: The BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery. Not as good as previous years, but there were a couple of fantastic pieces.

Reading: After Dark by Haruki Murakami, which has finally been translated into English. Right now, a little touch of surrealism is like jumping into a cold lake first thing in the morning to me.

Watching: The last two seasons of Six Feet Under, which for some reason I never got around to watching when they originally aired. I am in love with all of the Fisher family. (And yes, I already know what happens at the end, but am managing to suspend that knowledge as I watch each episode.)

Listening: To nothing. I've fallen into some kind of musical void where nothing sounds good to me. Can you help me out? I'm looking for quirky and catchy and melancholy - an entire album I can fall into.

1 comment:

Steven W. Beattie said...

I've been listening to Vashti Bunyan's Lookaftering recently: it may be suitable. Also try Neko Case's Fox Confessor Brings the Flood, eastmountainsouth's eponymous debut, Tom Waits' Bone Machine (which doesn't rank too high on the "catchy" scale) or Emmylou Harris's Stumble Into Grace. They always work for me.