Thoroughly Thursday - the "Freaking Aliens" Edition
Welcome back to Thoroughly Thursday, the Freaking Aliens edition. Growing up, my family moved a lot. I was nearly always the new kid at school, and usually the one in the back of gym class trying not to get picked last for dodgeball (since I was tall I was usually second-to-last - winning!). After a while, I just always saw of myself as an outsider, even when I wasn't. As an adult, I still identify with those people who don't quite fit the general mould. The artist Jenny Holzer once wrote, "Alienation produces eccentrics or revolutionaries." Long Live the Revolution!
What I'm Reading - Portrait of the Artist as an Alcoholic Alien
This week, I’ve been reading Earth Bound - David Bowie and the Man Who Fell To Earth by Susan Compo, about the cult film by British arthouse director Nicolas Roeg. The author goes into great detail about the original novel, the various exploits of the cast and crew in the New Mexico desert, and of course, the lead actor, who was at the height of both his fame and drug addiction during filming. The book is incredibly well-researched, but I have to say it's probably only for hardcore lovers of David Bowie, Nicolas Roeg, New Mexico, or cocaine.
What I'm Watching - Love in a Time of Decay
I have a thing for goofy zombie movies like Shaun of the Dead, Zombieland, and the Evil Dead movies. However, only Warm Bodies (2013) could actually be considered "sweet". Starring Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer, it's a giant smorgasbord of delights: a teenage zombie/thriller/Shakespearean/romantic comedy. What more could you ask for? It's super-fun, even for those that don't really like horror. You can read more about it here.
What I'm Listening To - A Voice That Reaches Across the Half-Century
I’ve been listening to the album The Dock of the Bay this last week. Otis Redding died in 1967, and this posthumous album was released 50 years ago. The album has some great pieces like "Ole Man Trouble", "I Love You More Than Words Can Say", and the duet "Tramp" with Carla Thomas. But, the title song is the real keeper. “(Sittin’ on) the Dock of the Bay” incorporates all the pain, loss and loneliness of someone rootless and unwanted. There was something about the way Otis Redding sang which makes you think he was older, wiser, and far more experienced than his 26yrs when he wrote it. Sadly, he died in a plane crash a few weeks after recording the song.
What I'm Thinking - The Musings of a Bored Dance Dad
I attended a tiny community event in support of my daughter's dance troupe this last weekend. While sitting alone at an exhibit table pretending to know something (anything?) about ballet, I witnessed kid-focused carpentry and the scourge that is acrylic, craft paint. You can read about it here.
All the best, and remember, tomorrow is Friday. :)
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