Like, you know, whatever.
Brushing my teeth this morning, I half-remembered a script idea I had a while back. I put aside screenwriting six years ago because journalism paid better than unemployment, but I still have these half-remembered things that I occasionally return to and doodle on for a few days. I call it “dinking around” whenever my old screenwriter pals call to ask what I’m working on.
I spent the night trying to find notes on my laptop about that half-remembered idea – it was for a romantic comedy, and it had a hook that I remember being half-clever at best; still, enough to justify opening a Word doc for – but I couldn’t find anything. In the absence of any documentation, I become more and more convinced that the idea I couldn’t actually remember was probably genius, so I dug out my pickle jar and shook it empty.
The pickle jar is an old Claussen jar (bread’n butter chips, the best), and I’ve had some version of it for as long as I wanted to be a writer. It’s full of scraps of paper that rotate in and out. Photographs clipped from magazines. (There’s Katharine Hepburn looking sly-like at Cary Grant behind bars in Bringing Up Baby.) Snippets from old New Yorker pieces. (I’m looking now at a shred from Adam Gopnik’s C.S. Lewis profile – date unknown but I still know why I was so taken with a passage on joy.) Cryptic scribblings torn from my reporter notepads, back when they were still filled with story ideas, not just to-do lists and the ephemera of endless meetings. (Here’s something about the art-class smocks my generation wore, repurposed from our fathers’ retired dress shirts pile; are children still wearing them?)
The pickle jar was a bust. I didn’t find anything about the romantic comedy. (I’m convinced at the very least it had a very marketable name, surely some awful play on words.) But I did find a rare sliver of autobiography buried in the jar, recorded from a years-old birthday celebration at a bar and folded twice for posterity:
“The boy I like didn’t come, and the boy I don’t like brought me flowers.”….
(cut off for length, just read Kim’s whole post, I promise it’s worth it)
Posting less to Tumblr this week as I’ve been ramping up for Austin Film Festival. I’ve done a couple interviews for Slackerwood (one of them is linked here) and start seeing movies tonight.
I’m gonna vote after work and then see a documentary about the fight for reproductive rights in Virginia some hours later.
I see her piece on Lamar (near 5th) every morning as I drive to the office, but Friday I noticed this other work of hers on the side of Bouldin Creek Cafe.
I got excited and told my friend, “Oooh, it’s another work by Becca!” But I don’t think she recognized the name or style.
Now that I’m living in south Austin, I see far more street art than I used to (which isn’t saying much since I barely spotted any in central/north Austin).
[photo: Steven Glicker/Pinterest]
From my arts-focused Tumblog (which I update less frequently, but you could still follow, if you wanna)
More about the concert I attended last night.
Robert Capa’s iconic image from the Allied Invasion of Normandy in 1944 was nearly destroyed. Out of the four rolls of film that Capa shot that day, only 10 frames survived a darkroom assistant’s mistake in London. LEARN MORE about this image, which can be seen in “Radical Transformation: Magnum Photos into the Digital Age” through January 5.
Image: "France. Normandy. Landing of the American troops on Omaha Beach." 1944 © Robert Capa © International Center of Photography/Magnum Photos.
I was able to view this exhibit during the open house a couple weekends ago — I walked over after spending Saturday morning at the Texas Tribune Festival (thanks to a friend who gave me a free badge. I really should do a separate post about how wonderful my friends are and how thankful I am).
I walked through the exhibit taking notes in a small notebook, planning to look up more work by the photographers whose pictures in the exhibit stunned or amazed me. There were more than a couple of these.
Last night I attended one of the most bizarre concerts I’ve ever seen. My pal N had invited me to attend Phoenix’s Live from the Artist’s Den taping at Anderson High School. Neither of us are huge fans, but it was free and she had made it on to the list. We got an email yesterday saying it was going to be in the gym.
So I watched Phoenix play a high school gym, surrounded by teenagers. The lead singer engaged the crowd throughout, and at the second to last song (“Lisztomania”), kids rushed the stage and surrounded the band. One of the guitar player’s glasses got fogged up because it was so crowded and warm onstage.
N and I had a spot in the side bleachers so we stood or sat when we wanted and we could still see most of the action. We felt squeamish when the kids thrust on the stage, but nothing horrible happened.
I kinda doubt those last two songs will be in the show, however. I don’t know how well the cameras could find the bandmembers.
Anyway, that was a fun night. Plus they played one of my favorites, “Consolation Prizes”!