I'm Mason. 21. Vegan. Colorado. Tottenham Hotspur. Movies. This is sometimes a Conor Oberst blog. Random things I enjoy.
Last night my theater showed To Have and Have Not and Lauren Bacall is amazing that is all.
chicago - sufjan stevens
if i was crying
in the van, with my friend
it was for freedom
from myself and from the land
Half my managers left to go to Austin today for Fantastic Fest and I AM SO JEALOUS. It starts on Thursday and who are they going to get to meet that night to kick it off? Fucking KEVIN SMITH. IN PERSON. I want to be a person in authority like god damn.
why are people mean to Steve Buscemi? People literally go to live events and tell him he’s ugly and freaky to his face. Why would you ever do that? Steve Buscemi has never done anything to you. Steve Buscemi is really nice. He does volunteer work. He used be a firefighter. He was the best man at Stanley Tucci’s wedding. There is literally no reason to be mean to Steve Buscemi.
Some notable books coming out this week:
- In Sarah Waters’ new novel, The Paying Guests,Frances Wray, 27, unmarried, and increasingly desperate for money, convinces her mother that they need to take in lodgers — “paying guests,” euphemistically — to pay the bills. The Barbers move in, and Frances finds herself enthralled by the beautiful Mrs. Barber. Before long, they begin a love affair, with fatal consequences. Sarah Waters is so skillful that the reader (to borrow a simile from Lilian and Frances’ love affair) softens in her hands like wax: It’s impossible to think critically about technique or style or plot — or do anything but turn the next page. The Paying Guests makes for a transporting, even rapturous, reading experience.
- Margaret Atwood’s Stone Mattressis a collection of nine stories that NPR’s Arun Rath calls “wonderfully weird.” In the title story, a woman encounters her rapist on a cruise years after the attack; he doesn’t recognize her. She decides to kill him. During an interview with Rath, Atwood spoke about trauma and memory: “Those things, although you may forget about them in your 20s, they are the sub-layer upon which your life is based, and they come back.”
Also out this week: Natasha Wimmer’s translation of Little Lumpen Novelita by Roberto Bolaño, a reissue of Jean Merrill’s classic children’s novel The Pushcart War, and Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David by the inimitable Lawrence Wright.
More book news here.
"Where is this love? I can’t see it, I can’t touch it. I can’t feel it. I can hear it. I can hear some words, but I can’t do anything with your easy words"