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Monday, June 2nd, 2014
10:09 pm - Sam Shepard
He prowled the pool
Of the Holiday Inn
And felt a fit of uselessness

The sight of a pool
At midnight
In Texas

Poor Texas
Carved into
Like all the rest

3/79
San Marcos, Texas

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Saturday, March 15th, 2014
7:22 pm - Step by Stepwest
Oooh look! A new artist to listen to! And hello. This one makes my heart race. Groovy.

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Sunday, February 16th, 2014
8:38 am - Bots are destroying the world
I was considering tweeting

either Life begins at coffee.

or Pro-toast.

this morning, but I'm afraid of the followers I would get.

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Wednesday, January 1st, 2014
8:51 pm - 162 in total
Oh hi. So I kept track of all the films I watched last year. Here were my top 5 cinema discoveries of 2013:

5. Submarine
Richard Ayoade (a.k.a. Moss from the IT Crowd) made the movie I always wanted to make. And that's cool.

4. Wuthering Heights
Beautiful and brutal. Rare to find a film where every frame works as a still photograph and as a motion picture. Maybe the 4:3 format helps here. Unforgettable howling wind.

3. Starlet
The world needs more movies about friendship between two women. If not for the 15-20 seconds of actual porn, this would win all the awards.

2. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
Follows the conversations that take place during a murder investigation, ending with a doctor's decision to omit something from the autopsy report. I will never be able to forget the end credit sequence.

1. Frances Ha
Greta Gerwig is a magical actress and Frances Ha is a magical film so hey, perfect fit. This is the one on the list I'm going to buy. If you don't know Greta Gerwig, see this. And Greenberg. And Nights and Weekends. And http://youtu.be/m0pirbsgB-c.

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Thursday, December 19th, 2013
8:29 pm - The local record shop is closing
There'll be one corporation
Selling one little box
It'll do what you want
And tell you what you want
And cost whatever you got


Man I hate it when Greg Brown is right.

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Sunday, November 24th, 2013
7:35 am
An artist only ever paints her self-portrait;

you'll never paint that flower.

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Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
7:52 pm - Too late
Just watched Submarine.

God damn it.

Richard Ayoade made the movie I always wanted to make.

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Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013
11:23 pm
Home? Sweet! Home.

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Monday, September 2nd, 2013
12:38 pm - I've been into the John Gorka again ...
We are dust that was made in stars
Now we roll off to work in cars

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Friday, August 30th, 2013
4:42 pm
Merry Christmas to those who celebrate it.

To the rest of you, have a wonderful long weekend.

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Sunday, August 25th, 2013
9:40 pm - The Critic's Corner
My review of "A Dead Calling" follows thusly: "That's not how ghosts work. Duh."

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Saturday, January 19th, 2013
11:45 am
Ned: I want adventure. I want romance.
Bill: Ned, there's no such thing as adventure. There's no such thing as romance. There's only trouble and desire.
Ned: Trouble and desire?
Bill: That's right. And the funny thing is, when you desire something you immediately get into trouble. And when you're in trouble you don't desire anything at all.
Ned: I see.
Bill: It's impossible.
Ned: It's ironic.
Bill: It's a fucking tragedy is what it is, Ned.

If it hadn't been for Hal Hartley's Simple Men I wouldn't have discovered Dostoevsky or French New Wave or Yo La Tengo. I wouldn't have the name "closethipster" (which I stole from a review of the soundtrack to Hartley's Amateur). And how has it branched out from there? Playing Matador records on my 3-6am slot on 91.1 (my show was the Red Show Diaries), being heartbroken by Adrienne Shelly's murder right before the release of Waitress, learning about geology ("Long Island is a terminal moraine"), looking for Godard movie posters with my brother in Paris, and who knows what else.

What movie most influenced you?

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Friday, December 28th, 2012
1:59 pm
I keep thinking I hear someone crying in the other room, but it's just an early Talking Heads album.

That's a music joke, young people.

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Monday, November 19th, 2012
8:35 pm - Ode to Tom Paxton
It's a long and dusty road
It's a hot and heavy load
And the folks I meet ain't always kind
Some are bad and some are good’n
Some have done the best they could
Some have tried to ease my trouble in mind

And I can't help but wonder where I'm bound, where I'm bound
can't help but wonder where I'm bound

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Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012
5:07 pm - The least complicated
Some days I just want to give up and buy a Nexus or a Kindle or an iPad and get all my books and music and movies from Google or Amazon or Apple.

So I'll probably buy a Kobo arc. Yeah, that should be ridiculous enough.

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Tuesday, October 16th, 2012
3:13 pm - John Noble wins all the Emmys (in my mind)
Here's one for all you Fringe fans (and/or the Ladies):

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Friday, September 14th, 2012
8:45 pm - The Continental
It's a Der Krieger und die Kaiserin kind of night.
That's right, I moved from France to Germany.
Oh hey! This wine is called Zeller Schwarze Katz.
I have a bit of a theme going on.
Oh hey! I am called Step Schwarz.
None of this can be a coincidence.

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Wednesday, September 12th, 2012
8:32 pm - Crime d'amour
I hate to go all cliche on you – really I do – but I could look at Ludivine Sagnier all day. Like, from when I wake up around 5:30am until I fall asleep around 11:30pm, minus an hour for lunch.

She's got that one squinty eye and it drives my heart crazy. Here, here, let me do a quick F13 for you.

Ludivine Sagnier

She makes me want to jump up and scream I DON'T WANT TO DIE!

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Wednesday, September 5th, 2012
9:28 pm - But you can call him Larry
Lawrence of Arabia is back in theaters starting Oct. 4. We're going, right?

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Monday, August 27th, 2012
8:06 pm - TMI Friday
I'm so far down in my laundry, I'm wearing briefs. Briefs! My legs feel more of my jeans than usual. Is this how it is for Ladies all the time? Is this why you wear skirts? Because you can't stand to feel all that jean?

A little late, but I am beginning to understand you.

P.S. They're tasteful briefs. They'd never pass for French, but they are black in color. And I Sharpie-ed over the "Old Navy" on the band to add just a touch more Class.

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