Five Chapters

January 29, 2008 at 1:13 am (read)

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Anyone who feels like they don’t have enough time to read for fun should check out this site: Five Chapters.

Its structure is that every week it publishes a five-part short story, with one new part (about a three-minute read) each week day. They also have archives of their old stories–I just read J. Robert Lennon‘s “The Creek,” which I recommend.

So start reading! No excuses.

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Couture!

January 28, 2008 at 10:44 pm (look)

Last week Paris hosted the couture fashion shows–where wearability doesn’t really enter into the equation, and where a single item of clothing can cost thousands and thousands of dollars. Ridiculous! But gorgeous. I especially love all the layered, ruffled gowns.

chanel.jpg Chanel. It’s like figure-skater chic.

lacroix-2.jpg Christian Lacroix.

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versace.jpg Versace–surprisingly gorgeous and classy from the trash-tastic Donatella.

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Fashion week in NYC (ready-to-wear, not couture) starts on Feb. 1, so expect more pictures of things I want and can’t have.

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Supermodel

January 21, 2008 at 11:06 pm (look, watch)

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This is a delayed post, but…a couple of weeks ago while half-watching tv as I took off nail polish, I stumbled upon Bravo’s Make Me a Supermodel. Now, when I first saw the ads for the show, I thought, “Seriously? Another modeling show? As if ANTM, A Model’s Life, 8th and Ocean, Janice Dickenson Modeling Agency, etc, etc… aren’t enough? Hurry up writers’ strike and bring back real television!”

But then I saw that a girl from my painting class last semester, Stephanie, is on the show. (I’m trying to figure out the timing–it’s an American Idol-style “vote for your favorite” show, so she must have taken the semester off from Scripps to be filming right now.) I haven’t actually watched either of the episodes, but I’ve checked out her photos, diary entries, and videos online. I’m withholding real judgment on her skill and potential until I watch, although I’ll say now that I don’t know what the hell they did to her bangs, and also that I love her shoes.

Good luck to her!

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What? No Red Carpet?

January 14, 2008 at 8:03 am (watch)

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Just thought I’d post to express my sadness over the lack of a real Golden Globes this year. Tonight, instead of the big, glamorous awards show–which is thought to be more fun than other shows like the Oscars because everyone sits and chats at tables and gets semi-drunk rather than sitting in a big auditorium, and also because the stars take more fashion risks than they do at the Oscars–there was a half-hour news conference to announce the winners, none of whom were present.

I understand the WGA not wanting to grant the Globes a break from the strike, and I understand writers and actors not wanting to cross picket lines, but I feel bad for the people who were nominated who missed the chance for a big celebration. Hopefully the Oscars will still go on as planned, and I’ll have plenty of gowns to drool over or pick apart soon.

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Mamma Mia!

January 2, 2008 at 4:47 am (hear, watch)

I know that ABBA’s music, and the musical based on it, is totally cheesy, but I don’t care. I’ve seen the stage show twice, and I just found out that there’s a movie version coming out next summer! Here’s the trailer:

Now, I know Meryl Streep is basically the best actress of all time, but I really don’t see her as Donna (the mom). Donna is super feisty and tough, and I feel like Streep looks too delicate. I think part of the problem for me is that in the stage show she is a brunette, and the long blonde hair just throws me off.

As a side note, the guy playing Sophie’s fiance has great abs.

As another side note, the two guys from ABBA also wrote a terrific and under-appreciated musical called Chess that was a hit in London but bombed on Broadway in 1988. It’s about chess and the cold war, and has a song with this mouthful as the chorus:

It’s very sad to see
The ancient and distinguished game that used to be
A model of decorum and tranquility
Become like any other sport
A battleground for rival ideologies
To slug it out with glee.

So I can see why audiences might not be all gung-ho, but it has beautiful songs.

Ignore the extremely dated hair and costumes… (this is from London):

This is from the Broadway cast recording. There’s nothing to look at, but just listen:

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