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September 2009


A Picture Worth 700 Comments

I’ve always been interested in the “a picture is worth a thousand words” concept, and every now and then there’s one that really captivates me.

Exhibit A:

Left: John and Yoko’s iconic Annie Leibovitz photoshoot on Dec. 8, 1980
Right: Sean Lennon’s re-enactment with girlfriend, 2009

Ever since this pictorial homage made the rounds earlier this month, there has been tons of feedback, including more than 700 comments on The Huffington Post alone. Some of the words being tossed around are “cheap,” “anti-feminist,” “nice try,” “not as special,” “bad career move,” “nothing shocking,” “a tasteful homage,” “art.” Even people who supposedly hate the new photo are tripping over one another to comment on it. It’s amazing!

The most debated thing is why Sean is clothed when his father wasn’t. Why is Sean lying flat on his back instead of in the fetal position? Is it a statement? Is he saying he is unlike his father? Is he saying he identifies more with his mother? Is he simply too shy to take off his clothes? What do you think — what’s the symbolism, or is there any at all?

As for the original, Leibovitz herself said of her photograph:

John said, “You’ve captured our relationship exactly. Promise me it’ll be on the cover.” I looked him in the eye and we shook on it.

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Quick links: Before you go, you should be aware that I’m obsessed with The Beatles. For instance, there was the time I spent an entire week writing posts dedicated to them. There was also the time I found lots of great gifts for Beatles fans. Oh, and there was the time my daughter was born in the middle of “And I Love Her.” True story.

100 Movies: 40, 41

And the countdown continues in my quest to watch and find something inspiring in every single one of Yahoo’s 100 Movies to See Before You Die


T.E. Lawrence: I killed two people. One was… yesterday? He was just a boy
and I led him into quicksand. The other was… well, before Aqaba.
I had to execute him with my pistol, and there was something about it that I didn’t like.
General Allenby: That’s to be expected.
T.E. Lawrence: No, something else.
General Allenby: Well, then let it be a lesson.
T.E. Lawrence: No… something else.
General Allenby: What then?
T.E. Lawrence: I enjoyed it.

It’s World War I, and Peter O’Toole is T.E. Lawrence, an eccentric British officer stationed in Cairo who has plans to infiltrate the Arab tribes and learn what Prince Feisal is planning to do against the Turks. He eventually aligns warring tribes to stage battle on several cities, the last of which is Damascus. Along the way, he gets really tan. People die. And he keeps getting promotions in the army despite his conflict of allegiance to the tribes he’s been leading into battle. Truthfully this four-hour movie could’ve been half the length. I had to watch it in installments. But the breathtaking desert scenery on our flat-screen? Now that was inspirational. Gorgeous, gorgeous Super Panavision 70 cinematography. I can’t say enough about it.


Steward: I said, “Breakfast, sir?”
Charles: Two scotch and sodas with plain water.
Jean Harrington: Don’t you take cream and sugar?
Charles: No, I always take it black.
[pause]Charles: Say, what am I talking about?
Jean Harrington: That’s what I was wondering.

In a nutshell, Barbara Stanwyck is a con artist who falls in love with a wealthy ale brewer. He finds out, he dumps her. To torture him for breaking her heart, she feigns a new name and a disguise (well, not really, but kinda) and re-introduces herself. He for some reason can’t tell that she’s the same woman. Follow me? They end up getting married, she tortures him some more, he wants a divorce. She then re-re-introduces herself as the original con artist, and he once again doesn’t realize she’s the same woman he just married. Follow me? And, here is the kicker, he is overjoyed to be reunited with the original con artist. Whew. Inspiration? Maybe, if you know a really dense man, you can pretend to be someone else who just happens to look exactly like you and he will believe it’s not you. But he has to be honest-to-god Forrest Gump dense or you’ll never pull it off. Good for playing practical jokes and/or exacting revenge.

Fashion Rewind: When Harry Met Sally


You just bought this huge rug, and who do you call? Why your friend Harry, of course. You’ve really started to lean on him lately. He’s handy like that. He helped you drag a Christmas tree back to your place, too. Of course he’d never admit that you were friends because he doesn’t believe that men and women can ever truly be friends. It’s not like you’d ever sleep with him, not in a million years. For crying out loud, he’s so clueless he wouldn’t even know that you were faking your orgasm while trying to figure out what to order for dinner. Maybe a salad. But with balsamic vinegar and oil instead of the regular dressing. And it has to be on the side. Oh yes, yes, yes!


The 6 Best Soundtracks of the 1990s


Everyone’s talking about how the “New Moon” soundtrack is shaping up to be the best of the year. I’m a little distracted by, y’know, vampires and werewolves to make any educated speculation about the music, but all the talk got me reminiscing about my favorite soundtracks. One thought led to another, and before I knew it I was narrowing down my top soundtracks of the 1990s. Yep, you read that right — the 1990s. Let’s not discuss my eccentric yet genius train of thought.

I have a few rules when it comes to soundtracks.
1. Various artists are a must. If all the songs are by the Bee Gees, it ceases to be a soundtrack and is instead a Bee Gees album.
2. The songs as a whole must reflect the mood of the movie. If the songs are all doom and gloom and the movie is about high school, I’m gonna go ahead and say it’s a little melodramatic for my taste.
3. Can I put the movie on repeat? Then I can put the soundtrack on repeat. That’s how I roll.

What are your favorites? Did they make my list? Scroll through to check it out.

Reality Bites

1. My Sharona – Knack 2. Spin The Bottle – The Juliana Hatfield 3 3. Bed Of Roses – The Indians 4. When You Come Back To Me – World Party 5. Going, Going, Gone – The Posies 6. Stay (I Missed You) – Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories 7. All I Want Is You – U2 8. Locked Out – Crowded House 9. Spinning Around Over You – Lenny Kravitz 10. I’m Nuthin’ – Ethan Hawke 11. Turnip Farm – Dinosaur Jr. 12. Revival! – Me Phi Me 13. Tempted (94) – Squeeze 14. Baby, I Love Your Way – Big Mountain

I have vivid memories of listening to this CD on my very first CD boombox. One of its only special settings was “repeat,” and I wore that sucker out, especially with this album. I only wish Ethan Hawke’s version of the Violent Femmes tune “Add It Up” was on it; that’s one of my favorite scenes in the movie. Otherwise, best track: “When You Come Back to Me”

Brokedown Palace

1. Silence – Delerium 2. Party’s Just Begun – Nelly Furtado 3. Policeman Skank (The Story of My Life) – Audioweb 4. Rock the Casbah – Solar Twins 5. Damaged – Plumb 6. Fingers [Original Mix] – Joi 7. Contradictive – Muggs, Tricky 8. Leave It Alone – Moist 9. Naxalite – Asian Dub Foundation 10. Even When I’m Sleeping – Leonardo’s Bride 11. Bangkok [Thai Version] – Brother Sun Sister Moon 12. Wind – PJ Harvey 13. Deliver Me – Sarah Brightman 14. Arrest/Darlene Goes Home – David Newman

Why is it so damn difficult to find a decent clip of this movie on the Internet? It was made 10 years ago, not 10,000 years ago. Puh-lease! At any rate, I found the trailer, which includes my favorite track, “Silence.” The music might be a little sullen, but that’s OK because the movie is, too.

Pulp Fiction

1. Pumpkin and Honey Bunny (Dialogue)/Misirlou 2. Royale With Cheese 3. Jungle Boogie – Kool & the Gang 4. Let’s Stay Together – Al Green 5. Bustin’ Surfboards – The Tornadoes 6. Lonesome Town – Rick Nelson 7. Son of a Preacher Man – Dusty Springfield 8. Zed’s Dead, Baby [Dialogue] 9. Jack Rabbit Slims Twist Contest (Dialogue)/You Never Can Tell 10. Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon – Urge Overkill 11. If Love Is a Red Dress (Hang Me in Rags) – Maria McKee 12. Bring Out the Gimp (Dialogue)/Comanche 13. Flowers on the Wall – The Statler Brothers 14. Personality Goes a Long Way [Dialogue] 15. Surf Rider – The Lively Ones 16. Ezekiel 25:17 [Dialogue]

I owned this soundtrack on tape back when I drove an ancient Ford pickup (true story) in high school. It got a lot of play, especially “Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon.” One night on my way home from a party I rolled down the window and sang along with the tape at the top of my lungs as the wind whipped my face. My favorite tracks? The surf guitar tunes scattered throughout.

Romeo & Juliet

1. #1 Crush – Garbage 2. Local God – Everclear 3. Angel – Gavin Friday 4. Pretty Piece of Flesh – One Inch Punch 5. Kissing You – Des’ree 6. Whatever (I Had a Dream) – Butthole Surfers 7. Lovefool – The Cardigans 8. Young Hearts Run Free – Kym Mazelle 9. Everybody’s Free (To Feel Good) – Quindon Tarver 10. To You I Bestow – Mundy 11. Talk Show Host – Radiohead 12. Little Star – Stina Nordenstam 13. You and Me Song – The Wannadies

This is one of the few movies I’ve ever stood in line to see. To teens my age when it came out, it was revolutionary. First Mel Gibson in “Hamlet,” now a hip version of “Romeo & Juliet”? Sign us up! Shakespeare had never been so sexy. Best track: “To You I Bestow”

Batman Forever

1. “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me” – U2 2. “One Time Too Many” – PJ Harvey 3. “Where Are You Now?” – Brandy 4. “Kiss from a Rose” – Seal 5. “The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game” – Massive Attack & Tracey Thorn (Smokey Robinson cover) 6. “Nobody Lives Without Love” – Eddi Reader 7. “Tell Me Now” – Mazzy Star 8. “Smash It Up” – The Offspring (The Damned cover) 9. “There Is a Light” – Nick Cave 10. “The Riddler” – Method Man 11. “The Passenger” – Michael Hutchence (Iggy Pop cover) 12. “Crossing the River” – Devlins 13. “8” – Sunny Day Real Estate 14. “Bad Days” – The Flaming Lips

OK, so this movie has Val Kilmer in it, and that’s a big plus for me. It’s not the best “Batman” movie ever made, but it does have the best music. Everyone has a soft spot for U2 and Seal, but I’ve got to give mad props to “The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game.”

Dazed and Confused

1. “Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo” – Rick Derringer 2. “Slow Ride” – Foghat 3. “School’s Out” – Alice Cooper 4. “Jim Dandy” – Black Oak Arkansas 5. “Tush” – ZZ Top 6. “Love Hurts” – Nazareth 7. “Stranglehold” – Ted Nugent 8. “Cherry Bomb” – The Runaways 9. “Fox on the Run” – Sweet 10. “Low Rider” – War 11. “Tuesday’s Gone” – Lynyrd Skynyrd 12. “Highway Star” – Deep Purple 13. “Rock and Roll All Nite” – KISS 14. “Paranoid” – Black Sabbath

This movie was so full of awesome music they released not one but TWO soundtracks. I’m rocking the first one here because it got a lot more play on the aforementioned boombox. My favorite music scene is when Mitch goes home, puts on his headphones and out comes “Slow Ride.” Take it easy.

Fashion Forward: Long Cardigan


Top: Adam, Karen Walker, Lela Rose, Lacoste
Bottom: DKNY, Stella McCartney, Rachel Roy, Peter Som
Photo Credit:

I was sifting through the images from New York Fashion Week, and I kept seeing one thing over and over that made me feel warm and fuzzy inside: the Mr. Rogers* cardigan. Y’know, a long, loose cardigan that may or may not have belonged to your grandfather. I especially like the look over a skirt and tights. Loose-fitting and a perfect layering piece, I don’t think a gal can have too many long cardis.

*Singing “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” while wearing a long cardi isn’t mandatory, but it is encouraged.












Photoshoot: Walking the Walk


It has to be said: My pal Sara is a bargain-shopping genius. As proof of her genius, she writes a feature on her blog in which she puts together entire outfits she has thrifted and tallies the amount she spent (oh so little) compared with the amount she would’ve paid full price (ouch!).

Husband and I are so lucky because whenever she finds a great deal in our sizes, she’s quick to gift them to us. Husband in particular has been the recipient of many a great item, so during a closet clean-out this weekend I pulled out some Sara-found Juicy Couture jeans and a Diesel shirt. I envisioned a Walking the Walk post for Sara and promptly announced that it was “Photoshoot time!”


Husband, usually an enthusiastic model, had lackluster energy at first, standing stiff as a plank of wood with a blank look on his face. My attempt to play “Vogue” with him — during which I say, “Go! Go! Go!” while expecting a different pose for each “Go!” — fell flat, and several pictures in a row captured that lovely blank stare. Tyra would’ve been mortified.

Then I figured out the secret to unleashing Husband’s inner supermodel.



And kicking.


How much did Sara spend on Husband’s outfit and how much would it have cost retail? Find out here.

Good Uses for Chalkboard Paint


Woah. Wait a minute! How have I managed to miss this DIY chalkboard globe, and more importantly, why haven’t you informed me of my oversight? C’mon friends, you know how I dig globes of all kinds. And a globe I can doodle on and draw squiggly countries on and leave a honey-do list on? Yes! Yes! Get all the instructions here.

And while we’re on the subject, here are a few other photos of the oh-so-trendy chalkboard paint. I tip my eraser to these applications, which take the idea beyond just slapping a blackboard on the wall and calling it a day.