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Amazing Spider-Man

spiderman Last night's Spider-Man 2 screening was preceded by episodes of the Japanese Spider-Man TV series, hilarious stuff! Also shown: the original World Trade Center Spider-Man teaser. I loved the movie and thought Rosemary Harris`Aunt May was exeptional. Call me crazy but I'd nominate her for Best Supporting Actress. I could go on about how much I loved this film. Best sequel ever!?!


Under The Pink (`94)

UTPcover It was in June of 94 that I became fanatical over Tori Amos. This was the first album I bought by her. I got two extra copies of this album to give to the two girls I fancied at the time. One sort of liked it, the other one hated it so much she burned it. Oddly enough I went for the one who burned it. My art teacher was convinced the title had something to do with "Music from the Big Pink". This is one of my desert island albums.

Reality Bites (`94)

Nostalgia seized me (or was it the endless assault of Ben Stiller movies in the last 6 months?) and I bought "Reality Bites: 10 Anniversary Edition" on DVD. It reminds me of friends I had in High School (good times), how they loved the soundtrack (particularly the U2 song) and of articles about "Generation X" and "Slacker" that came about around the time of its release. To me this is the cutest Wynona Rider ever looked.

André Breton

André Breton - Always For The First Time


Always for the first time
Hardly do I know you by sight
You return at some hour of the night to a house at an angle to my window
A wholly imaginary house
It is there that from one second to the next
In the inviolate darkness
I anticipate once more the fascinating rift occurring
The one and only rift
In the facade and in my heart
The closer I come to you
In reality
The more the key sings at the door of the unknown room
[ Continued.. ]

"Love at First Sight" by Wislawa Szymborska


that a sudden passion joined them.
Such certainty is beautiful,
but uncertainty is more beautiful still

Since they'd never met before, they're sure
that there'd been nothing between them.
But what's the word from the streets, staircases, hallways—
perhaps they've passed each other a million times?

I want to ask them
if they don't remember—
a moment face to face
in some revolving door?
perhaps a "sorry" muttered in a crowd?
a curt "wrong number" caught in the receiver?
but I know the answer.
No, they don't remember

They'd be amazed to hear
that Chance has been toying with them
now for years.

Not quite ready yet
to become their Destiny,
it pushed them close, drove them apart,
it barred their path,
stifling a laugh,
and then leaped aside.

There were signs and signals,
even if they couldn't read them yet.
Perhaps three years ago
or just last Tuesday
a certain leaf fluttered
from one shoulder to another?
Something was dropped and then picked up.
Who knows, maybe the ball that vanished
into childhood's thicket?

There were doorknobs and doorbells
where one touch had covered another
Suitcases checked and standing side by side.
One night, perhaps, the same dream,
grown hazy by morning.

Every beginning
is only a sequel, after all,
and the book of events
is always open halfway through.

Photo by Luis Sanchis

Chip Kidd


A few years back I got to go to a book signing by Chris Ware, Daniel Clowes and Chip Kidd. Believe it or not I was there for Chip Kidd. He designed the book cover to "Dreaming In Cuban" and it is one of my favorites. At that time I was not into "Ghost World" so I paid no attention to Daniel but got my "Jimmy Corrigan" signed by Mr. Ware. I noticed not many people were paying attention to Mr. Kidd so I asked him if he would sign a copy of "Dreaming In Cuba" and rushed downstairs to buy one. He came back two years ago but I missed his appearance. I was waiting until the in-store to get his book "The Cheese Monkeys", but since I missed it I just went and got it at Barnes and Nobles ( not the place where the in-store was at). It turns out that on his way to the bookstore he was signing at, he stopped at B&N and signed whatever copies they had of it and I got the last one. I think it says something witty, I'll have to look for it.

+Who is Chip Kidd?

+Judge Chip Kidd by His Covers

+Onion interview

Gretchen Ross doesn't live here

For some time now many people have stopped by due to one search term: Jenna Malone( who will be Punkd on MTV this Sunday). I just saw one of her two movies with Martin Donovan ( "United States of Leland" ), the other movie being "Saved" which opened in limited release thus I've yet to see and is probably driving these searches. If you must know "United States of Leland" is an uninspired melodramatic mess in which once again Miss. Malone reprises her "fucked up chick from the suburbs" role she loves to recycle. Somehow she looked younger in this movie than she did in "Donnie Darko". Weird. Anyways, don't mind me, I'm just waiting for "Vinyl", in which Jenna will be joined by Thora Birch and Dominique Swain.