DP and I are totally having a creative weekend at home in Yokohama so it will come as no great surprise that today’s Sunday List is pretty artsy. What I am loving right now:
- The Instagram iPhone app
If you know me, you’ll know that I am not really a mobile phone person… so the photography apps are my very favourite thing about my my iPhone. So yummy… I have been experimenting all day! This is our living room.
DP has also just bought an iPhone which, in truth, he doesn’t really want so it’s crazy-ironic that it took hom five trips to Yokohama Station to buy it. He was unsuccessful for the following reasons: he didn’t have his passport with him (it was at the Canadian Embassy being renewed), there was no one in the SoftBank shop who spoke English and twice, the computer system was down.
- The Big C, Season 2
My friend Erin emailed me earlier this week to let me know that Season 2 of The Big C had been released. I bought the season on i-tunes and watched every single episode this weekend in a gluttonous frenzy. Laura Linney is brilliant, the cast is sublime and the show is funny, sweet and sad. I love that each character is their own unique kind of crazy; that’s true about all of us.
A Single Man: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
The music for this gorgeous film was composed by Abel Korzeniowski and Shigeru Umebayashi. Click here to listen to Stillness of the Mind, the first track from the soundtrack.
DP and I recently watched a film called Paper Heart which, although visually quite lovely in places, I cannot recommend with my whole (non-paper) heart. Each time a new scene began, I found myself hoping that Michael Cera would appear… his onscreen presence made the film much better. His performances have a refreshingly sincere and wholehearted quality to them and I always find myself wanting to give him a hug. Also, the familiarity of his quirky Toronto-ness makes me happy. Check out his perfomance in Juno (2007) and in Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist (2008).
The Forest for the Trees: An Editor’s Advice to Writers by Betsy Lerner
Betsy Lerner is smart and sassy and her writing makes me laugh right out loud. Her advice for me, thus far, is to figure out what form my writing should take. She believes that writers should pay greater attention to what they read; we are often best at writing the kind of books we find most compelling. Of course, reading books in that genre also helps us improve as writers of that genre.
UBC MFA talks
This afternoon, we listened to three talks from the summer residency session of DP’s creative writing program and I found the writers’ advice really helpful. Here is the line I am still thinking about several hours later: If you want to write, get a part-time job instead of a full-time job.
p>What are your reading/listening to/learning about/loving this weekend?