Wordy Wednesday

Hello and welcome to Wordy Wednesday where I get to ramble at even greater length about some of the discoveries I've made in the past week.

Last Wednesday I attended a presentation from Danielle Krysa, creator of the blog The Jealous Curator, on her book "Creative Block: Get Unstuck, Discover New Ideas. Advice & Projects from 50 Successful Artists."
Great presentation.  Very down-to-earth women, her discussion focused a lot on her personal artistic journey, also covered the artists in her book, as well as the developmet of her blog, which I've been enjoying immensly lately!


Sex and the City; Bushnell vs. Michael Patrick King

Just saw "Sex and the City" the movie, and what struck me this time is how well the characters in this movie can embrace high and low; high with the over-the-top designer dresses and handbags that the sex and the city 'brand' is notorious for; but also low; Carrie eating a cup-of-noodles on New Year's Eve, and the whole mess of them dining at a Denny's-esque restaurant after Carrie and Big marry.

Hmmm, yeah, that's a sign of a well-rounded person who will eat fast food at times and also enjoys finer things.

Michael Patrick King.  Is he a good writer?  Guess so.  A lot of the dialogue was pretty funny.  Carrie is a cool character.  And so is Miranda....so dry and dour omg.  So are they all, in that they are exaggerated to the point of absurdity.  Although King can't entirely take credit for them.

How does he compare to Candace Bushnell?  Imho, he can hardly hold a candle.


Things a Little Bird Told Me by Biz Stone

After reading "Things a little Bird Told Me" I started to juxtapose Biz Stone with Mark Zuckerberg;

-- At the age of 18, Stone is courting women in the traditional way; asking women he finds attractive out on dates, while at the same age, Zuckerburg is defaming his ex on a blog, and has created mashable, a online 'game' that compares the hotness of various women on campus.

-- In the creation of FB, Zuckerburg loses his best friend, Eduardo Saverin, one of the founders, and deliberately screws over the Winklevoss twins*, both resulting in high-stakes lawsuits (in which Z. settles)
*as demonstrated by the IM that Mark sent while working with the twins in which he states, "Yeah I'm going to fuck them, probably in the ear."


Shame and Survival by Monica Lewinsky

Just read Monica Lewinsky's piece in Vanity Fair; pretty powerful.  Her reputation is still about as demolished as, let's say, Hiroshima after the a-bomb; a huge testament to the sex-scandal double standard between women and men.  If we were honest, rather than referring to Monica as 'that woman' we should probably referring to Clinton as 'that man';

"He was a careless person, Bill; he  smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into his vast carelessness and let other people clean up the mess he had made.”


Blue Like Jazz, Donald Miller

um, yeah, so I've listened to about 1/2 of Blue Like Jazz and my reaction so far is something like 'meh'. Maybe I'll elaborate later, or maybe that's review enough.


Weighing the Dog

You held me in your arms more than I held you
through all those awkward and bewildering months
and now we are both lost in strange and distant neighborhoods.

~Billy Collins


Finding Vivian Maier

Saw Finding Vivian Maier this weekend, the documentary about a recently-discovered street photographer who worked as a nanny for most of her life and died in 2009, leaving over 100K photos in a storage unit.  She never attempted to show them to anyone, apparently; and in 2007 John Maloof bought her negatives for about $600 at an auction, and shared them on the internet to widespread acclaim.