two new obsessions

1. my brand spanking new Dan McCarthy poster.
if i had the scratch lying around, there are at least a dozen of his posters i would buy and coat my apartment walls in mccarthy love. his work deals with cycles of life and death, detail and big picture, dinosaurs and roots, skeletons and love. There are also ghost buddies.

2. a huge crush on Javier Bardem, star of 2004's The Sea Inside.
The Sea Inside is a depressing but sublime film about a man who has a diving accident (i think he's 19 when it happens?); basically the character shows off for a girl and breaks his neck diving. we enter the story later, while he's fighting for the right to end his own life. you would think that would be all to the plot, but it's only a vehicle for the actual meat of the story. there's no predicting it.

knowing the power of the actor - javier is not in any way a feeble guy - to watch him play an aging quadriplegic / former athlete is disturbing and beautiful in just the right way. there's an underlying delicacy to the movie that keeps it all together, it's like you might try to imagine writing a scene in which a sister-in-law feeds her husband's brother lunch, but what do you even say? i can't even picture what my relationship would be like if i were tied to someone like that for years, and they succeed in making it live. below is a picture of his character painting with the character's nephew:

other reasons i'm obsessed: he's going to star in Love in the Time of Cholera, a book by my favorite author Gabriel Garcia Marquez; he's also going to be in Guerilla, with Benecio del Toro playing Che. between Che, Benecio, and Javier, i might just lose it. i might be outside in a sleeping bag the night before the movie opens, i'm just suggesting that as a possibility. i doubt i'll have much company, but any is welcome :)

this also makes me laugh because i've had this picture torn out of a Vanity Fair magazine and in a binder called "design stuff i like" for years:
and never realized it's the same guy until i googled him for a picture to include here. in my "stuff" binder, this picture is in a spread facing a new york playright who has a strikingly similar pose and a similarly annoyed / cynical expression, but the playright is standing on a bed and wearing a sweater. basically looks like the same person, but with antithetical backgrounds. just thought it was a funny juxtaposition, and today learn that old picture is one of my new favorites.



identity theory fundraiser

so one of my part-time gigs is being the visuals editor of Identity Theory. it's really a bunch of dedicated people across the country that work to promote unknown talented people. the site's been around for about six years, i've been involved for four, and there is actually a point on the horizon where we see this getting bigger. just a little bigger. not much. but bigger in that we want more people to know about the site, we want more submissions, more artists, MORE I SAY!

so we're gonna raise a little money.
ever heard of fundable.org? basically, you start a group and get some interest started, people can pledge as much or little as they want. no one pays unless you reach your goal, so if you DON'T reach your goal no one loses any scratch. it's a neat system, and we're gonna play it for all it's worth...

so check out the site: www.identitytheory.com
and if you would like to show some support, check out our fundraiser:


quote of the day

from my boss after i solved a problem:
"lisa, you're a walking swiss-army knife."


finally catching up

been doing that thing again with the blog where i've passed over a few things that are very, very important in my life but haven't addressed them because, well, the way the world turns is that the next thing comes before your current thing is done. you know what i mean, i know you do.

so in the past, oh, month.

my youngest sister graduated college

we got to meet anne's guy

hang out with his family (they're pretty awesome)

was home for a few days, had dinner with katie and found out i know more jazz musicians than i thought i did... the guy in the very center of this pict below, with the reddish shirt, we went to high school together; he was in from new york and was playing keyboard with his jazz band.

then to celebrate three out of three daughters being done with college, we decided to leap off into the yonder, across the pond

and spend a few days in barcelona

then paris and luxembourg... but those picts are to come...
in the meantime, you can see the rest of the barcelona pictures that i have up by clicking here.

so that might explain my lonely feelings from the other day - re-entry is always tough. but today is a new day, new crazy things are happening and new pictures will go up tonight. a ton of freelance work is coming in. i like going to the gym and maybe will have time to tonight. i feel relaxed and i'm going to lunch... sweet.