I'm at the beach house in Rehoboth Beach for just a day, as I gotta be back down to Washington College to see Neil Gaiman.
I swung by WAC yesterday to see the great beatonna
, an hour detour that seemed like a much better idea at the time. When I got there, I realized that 1.) I have nothing I'd want to say to Kate Beaton, nor anything for her to sign, 2.) I'm too damn shy to ask for a drawing in this atmosphere, in the crammed O'Neill Lit House with all these people here, 3.) she was doing a Q&A, and I hate
Q&A's because there are always one or two yahoos who ask totally inane questions that make me want to claw out my own brain, and 4.) holy crap, is that the creepy guy from the Georgetown comic shop where I worked? Does he go
to Washington College now?!?! RUN. RUN AWAY.
So that was rather a waste of a couple hours. Thankfully, the HopeMobile comes equipped with a six-disc CD changer, and I had a recording of THE PRESTIGE to keep me company. So far, I'm into it WAY more than I was the movie, which still leaves a bad taste in my mouth even today. bitemetechie
alerted me to the following quote sleepily uttered by her roommate, darkestnova
:"John is our magic song machine. Like a jukebox that doesn't take quarters. Or requests. He's shiny."
Well, I do
have a tendency to randomly burst into song. I wish someone else could hear the background music whenever it starts up!
For example, I've recently found myself singing Laurie Anderson's "Let X=X," which has since become one of my favorite things ever. Why does this bizarre nonsense song make me so goddamned happy?
Really, I can't believe I've gone this long without knowing Laurie Anderson. I mean, just look at her!
She's... god, she's like a female Agent Smith who decided to become a performance artist in the 80's.
By the way, anybody who owns and/or likes her seminal album BIG SCIENCE is strongly encouraged to go on iTunes and track down a song from 2007, exclusively online. It's called "Big Science 2," obviously a sequel to the title track, and it's easily one of my favorite songs of hers so far.
Man, dare I splurge $37 to buy her epic four-disc UNITED STATES LIVE album?