1) Year End Lists: I had to laugh last week when I saw my friend, Cole’s, Tweet: “I made a year-end list of feelings I have when reading year-end top ten lists, but there’s only so many synonyms for sheer euphoric bliss.” Oh Cole, I KNOW THE FEELING. I get as giddy as a kid with a wish list for Santa when I see some of my favorite media names posting up their annual selection of favorite books, movies, tunes…you name it. A few of my favorite go-to sources for these are Entertainment Weekly’s year-end best of the best, the New York Times’ year-end reviews in the arts, TIME Magazine’s Top Ten year-end lists, Rolling Stone’s round-ups and finally, Paste Magazine’s Best of 2010 picks.
2) 127 Hours: Much like year-end lists, I go ga-ga for the cinema in November and December. On that note, I’ll say that Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours MESMERIZED ME. Nick and I left the theater with differing opinions: For him, it was too much. When I asked how he could watch horror movies with more gristle than seeing the story of Aron Ralston cut off his arm while trapped in a canyon, he said it was because this was real and those scenarios are…well, not. I respect that, but I gotta say, the way Danny Boyle shot this film makes 127 Hours a total THRILL RIDE to watch. It’s amazing. And James Franco blew me away. Also great? The score. In particular, beautiful Sigur Ros and Dido songs that come at the end of the film and are so perfectly selected, I found myself getting goosebumps. Truly amazing.
3) My new houseslippers: We live in a house with cold floors. And I’m a woman prone to possessing cold hands and cold feet. So having Nick remember I needed a new pair of houseslippers for Christmas this year was one of those small-but-significant gifts. My toes are cozy now. Never mind the fact they look like stand-ins for fuzzy Muppet characters ….
4) The series collection of FRIENDS on DVD: When I opened this Xmas gift from my in-laws, I SQUEALED in delight. (Nick looked at what was in my lap, sighed and said, “Greaaattttt….”) In the words of Chandler Bing, could there BE a better TV show? OK, don’t answer that if you’re not a Friends fan, but me? I am a D-E-V-O-T-E-E. And I’ve dearly missed my fix since it’s been off the air and we’ve been cableless. I popped a random disc in the other day and giggled over the fact it included both the episodes in which Joey wears all of Chandler’s clothes AND Ross in his leather pants. See, there I go, LAUGHING AGAIN.
5) Nicole Krauss’ Great House: Reading a book by Nicole Krauss is akin to walking through an exhibit of your favorite artist at a museum. It’s an experience that deserves to be savored, because her words, her writing, her characters are just so so potent and smart. I could wax on about ‘em for a few paragraphs, but how about I just give you a sample of the beautiful writing: “We search for patterns, you see, only to find where the patterns break. And it’s there, in that fissure, that we pitch our tents and wait.” SEE WHAT I MEAN? Gorgeousness in written form.
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