Monday (September 25th) was One-Hit Wonder Day and one of my former high school classmates (who’s also a kick ass DJ down in Waterloo, Iowa) posted his list of favorites. There are a couple on here that made me smile and definitely think to myself “why yes, JP – we went to high school together.”
Speaking of favorite things, The Telegraph recently published an article asking “Why LA Confidential is Hollywood’s Last Great Noir.” L.A. Confidential is a 1997 movie based on (the master) James Ellroy’s 1990 novel (of the same day.) The movie helped launch the careers of a couple Australian actors (certainly, you’ve now heard of Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce?) and featured standout performances from Kim Basinger (who won a Best Supporting Oscar for her role), Kevin Spacey, David Strathairn, Danny DeVito, and James Cromwell. While I haven’t watched the movie for awhile, back when I was living on my own (and had a working VHS player), I probably watched it monthly – it was a visual version of comfort food. (And no, I don’t want to know what that says about me.)
Finally, when I think about fall, I think about chai tea lattes. This cake would also do in a pinch.
Listening: Willie Watson was one of the founding members of Old Crow Medicine Show and later left the band to become one of the premier interpreters of roots and folk music. He has a new album out and NPR featured this video recently. So damn good.
Reading: My reading has fallen a bit off of the radar lately. And it’s not a matter of not having enough books …
But recently, I downloaded Peter Graham’s “Anne Perry and the Murder of the Century.” This book interested me for a couple of reasons. 1) Anne Perry? She’s an amazingly successful mystery writer. 2) A murder she was involved in (yes, you read that right), riveted New Zealand and was later made into a movie by Peter Jackson called “Heavenly Creatures” (which featured a young Kate Winslet before she made her fortune on the “Titanic.”) This book review from the Washington Post gives a good overview of the book.
Writing Life: Busy. Edits. New project with some amazing writers. Edits. Work. Lots and lots of work. Busy.