Friday, November 23, 2007

cause for worry

I've always thought of Lonely Planet as the best guide for low-maintenance and adventurous travel - so I was not happy to read that Lonely Planet lists one of the highlights of a visit to Nairobi, Kenya, as "the smug feeling of surviving a stay here!"

Monday, November 19, 2007

Monday, November 12, 2007


Lars and the Real Girl - This is the movie where Ryan Gosling buys a Real Doll (a life-like and life-size sex toy) and then parades around with it as though it were a real person. I went to see it because I figured it had to be good for a laugh or two, and I was really surprised to find that it's actually a really good movie. The premise is so patently laughable that it overcomes the very strict taboo against laughing at the handicapped; and so the inhabitants of the small town where Gosling lives can be both mocking and caring. His friends and neighbors aren't divided between the good people who treat him kindly, and the bad people who ridicule and talk behind his back. Laughter and disbelief are part of how they cope with the disruption to their community; nonetheless, everyone closes ranks and helps him cope. Of course, the audience experiences the same mix of hilarity and sharp sympathy. It's a very well-done movie.

The Darjeeling Limited
- If you like Wes Anderson, you will probably like The Darjeeling Limited. If you don't like Wes Anderson, you probably won't like The Darjeeling Limited. The guy has a schtick, and it's a good one, and he doesn't depart from it here. I think it's my least favorite of his movies, but I'd still come back for more.

Sunday, November 11, 2007


Just a few pictures from the family weddings that bracketed the summer, now that summer is over. I don't want to post pictures of family without permission, so if any of my family members are reading this, drop me a line and I'll send you some photos.

Thursday, November 1, 2007


I wasn't out for long yesterday, but I did see a man dressed as a banana.

I passed him on my way to the gym, where I discovered - to my great delight - that all of the toned-to-perfection gay staff had put on teeny tiny togas to celebrate the holiday. Thank you, toned-to-perfection gay staff of Equinox, for playing the objectification card both ways, and thank you, Halloween, for making it possible.