Weird beards. Germans.

24 01 2010

Today, I read key writings of Hegel, Marx and Engels, and Adorno and Horkheimer of the Frankfurt School for a political ecology class. My brain hurt and my nose gushed, but it was fun in a nerdy, masochistic kind of way.


Orca bitte

20 01 2010

I wish I could post something here not related to stories of academic orgasm or to whiny complaints about how overworked I’ll be this semester. Then again, what else is there to write about?

Vampire Weekend’s new release became only the 12th indie album to debut at number one in the Billboard 200 charts. From their first album:

And Dirty Projectors weirdness love.

Afropop-influenced indie seems to be the trend these days. Pretentious Ivy Leaguers (but they are awesome!).


10 01 2010

Amidst another post-travel depression (coming back to College Station from anywhere is such a bummer), I rediscovered tonight the only piece of fiction I attempted to write in 2009. Not very good but promising.

I saw, from the corner of my eye, how her melon breasts jiggled up and down upon each encounter of the car with humps on the road. The streets were relatively deserted for an 8pm weekday as commuters had earlier scurried home trying to avoid the winds and downpour of the typhoon scheduled to make landfall at nine. Leafy branches already scattered along the road while the trains of drizzle swayed according to the direction of the gust. I had wanted to switch channels to listen to some weather news but she had been quietly humming along with that silly PCD song on the radio. Her name was Jackie (after the martial artist she told me) and she had the most beautiful pair of eyes.

Prior to the aforementioned lonely paragraph, the last bit of writing I completed, and perhaps one of my favorites, was this final paragraph of an episode called, well, “Cookies”:

We sat on the rug at the foot of my bed and I quietly munched on her cookies as we watched the presidential chopper land in Batasan. She told me she was taking weekly capoeira lessons since April, and I scoffed in disbelief because in my mind I couldn’t come up with an image of her taking up any form of strenuous physical activity. She rose and showed me some moves (which involved air kicks) to dispel my incredulity. Convinced, we were quiet again as we watched the president in her pink dress cheek-to-cheek-kiss a senator and other old ladies with heavily powdered faces. I told her a certain talent agent approached me last week and became a fan of my jaw, and she chuckled and smiled and allowed her fingers to wander on my face, an index finger gently resting between my jaw and cheek. I was finishing the last cookie as we followed with our eyes the president walk across the Congress aisle and up to the platform where the baronged house speaker and senate president waited. With her fingers running along the contours of my jaw, she adjusted her posture and exposed her knee in my direction. Pretending to not have noticed, I quietly landed my hand on her knees and slowly inched my fingers up her skirt. My face felt red hot and my heart seemed to skip every other beat. The national anthem played on television and our lips and tongues were once again rediscovering each other. We quietly lost our virginity that afternoon amid the background of hovering chopper noises and presidential promises about inflation and agrarian reform.

Yeah, I know, I’m bored and lonely. Bring on the spring semester!


10 01 2010

I need to be more articulate.

Lists (Part IV)

5 01 2010

Three TV series of the Noughties

1. The Wire

2. Arrested Development

3. The Sopranos

The others are nowhere near as great.

And’s  list of 20 films of the Noughties is spot on. Some overlaps with my list (see previous post) include: #1 Mulholland Drive, #3 In the Mood for Love, #4 Before Sunset, #5 Syndromes and a Century, #9 The Son, #10 There Will Be Blood, #11 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, #13 Yi Yi, #14 Werckmeister Harmonies.

Lists (Part III)

2 01 2010

28 Films of the Noughties

1. Syndromes and a Century (Weerasethakul, 2006)

2. What Time Is It There? (Tsai, 2001)

3. Mulholland Dr. (Lynch, 2001)

4. Yi Yi (Yang, 2000)

5. In the Mood for Love (Wong, 2000)

6. Talk to Her (Almodovar, 2002)

7. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (Mungiu 2007)

8. Adaptation (Jonze, 2002)

9. There Will Be Blood (Anderson, 2007)

10. Werckmeister Harmonies (Tarr, 2000)

11. The Hours (Daldry, 2002)

12. Le Fils (the Dardennes, 2002)

13. The Russian Ark (Sokurov, 2002)

14. Tropical Malady (Weerasethakul, 2004)

15. In the Bedroom (Field, 2001)

16. Cache (Haneke, 2005)

17. Y Tu Mama Tambien (Cuaron, 2002)

18. Gosford Park (Altman, 2001)

19. Before Sunset (Linklater (2004)

20. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Gondry, 2004)

21. Ghost World (Zwigoff, 2001)

22. United 93 (Greengrass, 2006)

23. Ten (Kiarostami, 2002)

24. Moolade (Sembene, 2004)

25. Tuhog (Jeturian, 2001)

26. Cafe Lumiere (Hou, 2004)

27. Elephant (van Sant, 2003)

28. Synecdoche, New York (Kaufman, 2008)

Honorable Mentions: Death of Mr. Lazarescu (Puiu, 2005), A History of Violence (Cronenberg, 2005), Nobody Knows (Kore-eda, 2004), The Man Without a Past (Kaurismaki, 2003), Now Showing (Martin, 2008), No Country for Old Men (the Coens, 2007), Maria Full of Grace (Marston, 2004), Vera Drake (Leigh, 2004), Blissfully Yours (Weerasethakul, 2001), Children of Men (Cuaron, 2006), Bloody Sunday (Greengrass, 2002), Inland Empire (Lynch, 2006),  Melancholia (Diaz, 2008), Ploy (Ratanaruang, 2007), C.R.A.Z.Y. (Vallee, 2005),  Spirited Away (Miyazaki, 2001)