So awhile back I was given the opportunity to review Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace by David Lipsky as part of the Blogging for Books program. I was excited to pick it up since it was made into a movie called The End of the Tour starring two of my favorite actors Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg (which I highly suggest you all watch someday). I’m also a big fan of David Foster Wallace (still working on getting through Infinite Jest and probably will be for the rest of my life). And I wasn’t disappointed by the book. Sometime it’s a bit of a slog but that’s David Foster Wallace for you. It’s kind of hard to get into but once you do it’s amazing – just like his books. I loved seeing how another fellow artist goes about his life. And I learned somethings about Foster Wallace that I didn’t know before. I loved the book but you have to be a fan of David Foster Wallace to like it. If you’re not or you’re reading it because you’re one of those people who have to read the book before seeing the movie (which I totally get because I’m the same way) it’s not worth your time. This book isn’t a beach read or a book club kind of book. But if you belong to the David Foster Wallace Fan Club I highly suggest you pick it up.
What I’m Watching
What I’m Reading
This book is written by Virginia Nicholson who just so happens to be the granddaughter of painter Vanessa Bell and the great-niece of Virginia Woolf. So she knows a thing or two about Bohemians/Hippies. It’s an interesting look at some of my favorite artists (and a few I didn’t know about). Good inspiration for a few projects I’m working on 😉
What I’m Listening To
I know this song is old-well old by pop music standards-but I love it so very much. I’ve listened to it so much that you’d think I get sick of it. But nope. Not sick of it at all. It’s probably the only song I could listen to the rest of my life without a break.
So I had the chance to review Cheap Chic as a part of the Blogging for Books program. And I was not disappointed in it at all. The book was originally written in 1975 and was re-released this year in honor of its 40th anniversary. The blurb written for the book explains the premise perfectly:
“Before there were street-style blogs and ‘zines, there was Cheap Chic. Selling hundreds of thousands of copies when it was originally published in 1975, this classic guide revealed how to find the clothes that will make you feel comfortable, confident, sexy, and happy, whether they come from a high-end boutique, sporting-goods store, or thrift shop.”
It was such a blast to read. The pictures are gorgeous and inspiring. The advice is still spot on even though the prices have most definitely gone up, vanity sizing has messed up women’s clothing, and a few of the shops mentioned are no longer in business (I looked them up on Google). My personal favorite part of the book is the advice from fashion icons such as Diana Vreeland, Yves Saint Laurent, and Betsy Johnson (FYI I have two of Betsy Johnson’s modern pieces in my wardrobe. I bought them a few years back at a sample sale in NYC). It was fun to read what they recommended to women back them and compare it to the advice we get nowadays. Personally I like the advice in Cheap Chic much better. They suggest to wear whatever you like and feels comfortable. Solid advice that’s timeless (at least in my book).
I highly recommend any fashionista out there read this book. You might learn a thing or two 😉
What I’m Watching
This season is so bad it’s good. I made it 40 minutes before I was like WTF and changed the channel. But I’ll be back next week cause I can’t help myself. Mainly because Cheyenne Jackson is on this season and I’ve been a huge fan for years, I mean look at him
That’s more than enough to keep me watching every week
What I’m Reading
I found a used copy of this book for a quarter at a book sale. So I picked it up and brought it home with me. It’s a bit of a haul to read but I’m really enjoying it. It’s interesting to read about another perspective on feminism. Especially one that has had a huge impact on my generation.
What I’m Listening To
I’ve been to one of Paradiso & Rasamayi’s sound healing events and it was mind blowing but in a good way. Their music is very calming and helps me sleep (I have problems with insomnia). So after spending 2 1/2 hour yelling at Time Warner for messing with my internet service I desperately needed something to calm down. I immediately turned to these guys and my anger and frustration went away. I highly suggest you all check them out.
So that’s what’s been on my radar this week. Comment below about what’s been on yours.
Here’s another round of “Watching, Reading, Listening”:
WHAT I’M WATCHING:
I’m seriously addicted to the Food Network and this is the reason. I love watching the episodes and imagining what I’d do with each basket (except for the one that contain fish/seafood ingredients since I’m HIGHLY allergic to them). Maybe once I become a well-known actor I can be on the show and win some money for one of my favorite charities (probably would go to the International Soap Box Derby to help their STEM projects).
WHAT I’M READING:
My awesome gal pal Sarah has an awesome blog by the name of lifewithlilred. I’m addicted to reading it and have it at the top of my bookmark page. Go check it out!
WHAT I’M LISTENING TO:
This is my favorite podcast ever. It reminds me so much of David Lynch’s work (which is isn’t). I highly recommend you all take a listen. Just be forewarned it’s addicting.
So that is what has been on my radar this week. Leave a comment below about your favorite reads/jams/views this week.
So I decided to take a clue from one of my favorite blogs The College Prepster and start a weekly pop culture update every Friday. So here’s what has been on my radar this week:
What I’ve Been Reading
I’ve been a HUGE fan of Amanda Palmer since she was in The Dresden Dolls. I came across them when I was a freshman in college 10 years ago (has it really been that long?). I was Googling Bertolt Brecht, who is a famous theater director/playwright and came across this band that referred to themselves as a “Brechtian punk cabaret” band. Naturally I was intrigued and listened to their music. I instantly fell in love and became a huge fan. So when Amanda when solo I continued to follow her. And this past week she posted a picture of her newborn son Anthony and her husband Neil Gaiman on her Facebook page (congrats if either of you ever read this blog!). It triggered me to go and seek out her book and finally read it. I’m not finished with it but what I’ve read so far is amazing. Highly recommend reading it.
What I’ve Been Watching
So I was torn this week between watching the new Muppets TV show (big fan since I was a little girl) and Ryan Murphy’s (aka the guy behind Glee and American Horror Story) new show. Ryan Murphy won out. And I’m glad I choice Scream Queens. It’s straight up old school horror with enough camp to make you laugh. And you can’t go wrong with a TV show/movie that has the ultimate Scream Queen herself Jamie Lee Curtis. I can’t wait for the rest of the season.
What I’ve Been Listening To
I adore Lana Del Rey and have been counting down the days until her new album came out. And I’ve been swooning ever since it was released. The music is so lush it took my breath away. It’s worth streaming on Spotify while you all work the day away.
So that is what has been on my radar this week. Leave a comment below about your favorite reads/jams/views this week. I just might check them out.
So a couple of months ago I saw a bunch of people blogging about Spinster by Kate Bolick. They kept raving about the book so I decided to give it a shot and read it. I requested a copy through a program I belong to called Blogging for Books and toted it around in my purse and read it in between takes for the various movie projects I worked on these past couple months. And I wasn’t disappointed. It really is worth taking the time to read-especially if you’re a Millennial woman like myself. It brings up very valid points about what it means to be a woman in the 21st century and how “leaning in” affects our lives. I’m personally feeling the pressure to get married/have kids/lean in and I felt a kinship with Kate which helped me get through the book.
But I do have to add it’s a very non-linear book which does make it a bit of a difficult read. It jumps around from modern day to the past (Kate writes about various past literary figures who “leaned in” when it wasn’t fashionable) and it can get quite confusing. Kate also seems to think that people who are reading the book are familiar with the various past figures she writes about. But I just saw that as a learning opportunity and Googled their names. I just wish she had wrote more about them and their lives. But overall it was an interesting read.