18 December 2007

Need New Cafe

I'm off all next week, and through New Years day. So, it seems, is my beloved corner cafe. Even on those weekends where I don't make it there one day or the other (or preferably, both), my heart aches, yearning for 88 Orchard. It's closed alllll weeeeeek through New Years Day for renovations. So not only will I be hungry and alone, without 88, for at least eight whole days, but when they return they will be renovated! Not the same cafe that I know and love, but something different! OR, horror of horrors, what if they're just SAYING they're closing for renovations, but then NEVER REOPEN?? Like when "My So Called Life" went on "hiatus" but mysteriously never reappeared?? And right when Angela and Jordan Catalano started talking again after he slept with Rayanne in his car!!

So I need to find some place to feed me and keep me warm and provide me with interesting people to watch next week. Preferably within a six block radius of my apartment, near Orchard and Broome. Any suggestions?

06 December 2007

Frozen Goo Gobs

When I'm walking outside, alone, whether during the day or late at night, whenever, wherever, I hold my head up and look forward. I'm aware of my surroundings and show no fear. It's sort of just how I am, a girl in high school once told me that I carried myself regally, but it really comes in handy in the city, where people get mugged and what not, especially girls late at night on the LES.

On the way to work, however, it's a different story. Eyes glued to the ground. Peeled open, looking for gobs of phlegm on the sidewalk. I don't want to step in them, see? I'm not sure if it's worse in the winter or summer. If I'm wearing open shoes, as in the summer, I might get the goo on my actual flesh. In the winter, the goo freezes over, and I might step hard onto a frozen goo gob and slip and break my neck.

04 December 2007

Bullshit Writing

How come any asshole that picks up a pen/paintbrush/camera and creates a work based on a horrific human tragedy such as the Holocaust, or the war in Iraq, or 9/11, receives critical acclaim for said work, regardless of the actual merits behind it?? Sure, give them a pat on the back for commemorating a shared tragedy, but for god's sake don't lie and tell them their work is profound, moving, and is a display of true passion and talent. There are those that do, in fact, use their natural, real talents to bring humanity's collective unconscious emotions to the surface for all to experience. Not everyone has this talent, nor do they all have the same intentions in creating such art.

For my part, I think such sub-par efforts are offensive to the victims, their families, their communities. It feels more like these artists are using the tragedy to further their own ends, rather than to truly pay homage to those that suffered. Who would give a bad review to a book about a massively tragic event? It actually makes me quite ill to think about.

I'm currently suffering through A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell (I was convinced to be in a reading group- we'll see how long that lasts). It's about Italian Jews during the Holocaust, the mere thought of which brings heavy tears to my eyes (I can't watch the news these days because I crumble in the face of man's inhumanity to man, or to beast, or to earth). The Washington Post Book World said it best in a quote on the back of the book: "...full of action, paced like a rapid fire thriller...". The book is written like any common fluffed up thriller. The many characters, which the author seems to take great pains to "develop", appear to me to be empty and unrealistic. Complete cliches. It's as if she took a basic outline for writing a sure-fire action thriller novel, and applied the story of the Holocaust to it. How can you go wrong there?? Anyone with that formula, no job, and SEVEN YEARS on their hands could pump out trash like that. She uses her background in anthropology as filler material between uninspired descriptions of the colors of the sky, the sea, the mountains, whatever the landscape is she describes the color changes for the length of at least a couple of sentences.

There's a time and a place and even a dedicated readership for novels of this caliber, but please, please, I beg you, critics, whoever you are, don't pretend that they are profound masterpieces that should go down in history as classics.