If I should die this very moment
I wouldn't fear
For I've never known completeness
Like being here
Wrapped in the warmth of you
Loving every breath of you
I was always super sad that this snippet of song wasn't on either of the soundtracks released for the film. Today I was searching for songs by the band Lamb, and lo and behold I came upon "Gorecki."
I should have known that the song was probably a sampling considering so much of the rest of the movie's music is not original, but live and learn. What a treat to find it!
"Most women spend [most of their time trying] to imagine what a straight man would see, because it’s our social duty to be sexually attractive."
There's a lot of hoopla in the blogosphere over the New York Times Magazine cover story out this Sunday: "What is Female Desire?: A Post-Feminist Generation of Researchers is Discovering Things Dr. Freud Could Never Have Imagined" by Daniel Bergner.
Jill Filipovic at Feministe's thoughts on the findings given in the piece (emphasis mine):
"Shocking, absolutely shocking, that when women are raised in a culture that equates the female body with sex itself, that positions the female body as an object of desire, and that emphasizes that being desired is the height of female achievement, women will see sex as a process primarily centered on male attraction to women, and will get off more on being wanted than on wanting.
Shocking, too, that when “naked chick” is cultural shorthand for “sex,” women will look at naked chicks and think “sex.”
It’s not narcissism. It’s a lifetime of experiencing the world secondarily, and seeing ourselves through male eyes; it’s the lack of agency and power that comes with being an object to be looked upon."
In addition, Megan and Anna from Jezebel.
"I see no reason why there couldn't be a small corner in your house where this scene is playing on a loop all the time."
- David Thomson
Seriously, Cole Porter. One of the best songs EVER.
- We start out with a McSweeney's feature: Back From Yet Another Globetrotting Adventure, Indiana Jones Checks His Mail And Discovers That His Bid For Tenure Has Been Denied.
- Growing up we usually used the overtures of films, specifically musicals, to run for more snacks, visit to the bathroom, talk about how much we loved the film we were about to see, or as an excuse to exercise the fast-forward button on our VCR remote. In 2006, Jesse Green of the New York Times explained the demise of the overture (italics mine):
"The traditional curtain-down, unstaged overture presupposed that music was already something happening, something capable, all by itself, of holding people’s attention. That notion has been sorely tested in recent years. Producers and directors say they doubt the audience’s ability to perceive useful information encoded in orchestral sound. Decoding that information depends on the habit of listening to music for its own inherent expressiveness, without words, pictures or action: a habit that disappeared from mainstream American culture along with the piano in the parlor."
- Speaking of music, here's Bono's take on the New Year, courtesy of Ol' Blue Eyes:
"Is this knotted fist of a voice a clue to the next year? In the mist of uncertainty in your business life, your love life, your life life, why is Sinatra’s voice such a foghorn — such confidence in nervous times allowing you romance but knocking your rose-tinted glasses off your nose, if you get too carried away.
A call to believability.A voice that says, “Don’t lie to me now.”"
(There's even a multimedia option in the left column where you can have Bono read the article to you. *Tiny swoon*)
- An essay by Hank Stuever on why Jake Ryan of Sixteen Candles is never coming to get you:
"The second way of talking through Jake-related issues is harder. It's about an ache, a loss. It's about the imperfection of life. In the movie, Ringwald's character muses on what a 16th birthday is supposed to be like: "A big Trans-Am in the driveway with a ribbon on it and some incredibly gorgeous guy you meet in France and you do it on a cloud without getting pregnant or herpes." In this way she is asking for a miracle and Jake is Christ, redeeming the evil sins of high school. Jake as the ideal. Jake as the eternal belief in something better. (Jake on the phone, leaving a message Samantha is temporarily fated not to receive: "Would it be possible for you to tell me if there is a Samantha Baker there, and if so, may I converse with her briefly?")"
(my fair lady)
(kramer vs. kramer)
(raiders of the lost ark)
- Sociologist Todd Gitlin
This column from Maclean's by Scott Feschuk is fantastic.
"I don't know about these swaddling clothes. Swaddling is pretty 10 B.M. (Before Me) if you know what I'm saying. What do you think? Answer my online poll."
"While it is true that there are no limits to my capacity for forgiveness, let's try to keep things civilized in the comments section, okay? It's getting out of hand. Kill everyone under the age of 2? That's really classy, KingHerodRocks."