* I never really appreciated the song "Wonderwall" until I heard the Ryan Adams cover, which is choke-you-up gorgeous; it has that atmospheric quality I die for in a song (see also "Father Figure"); now I like the original too, and Oasis in general. I wasn't into them in high school, when they were popular; I guess I thought they were too mainstream; all the aspiring frat boys were into them; also, what the fuck's a wonderwall? The first Oasis song I liked in its own right was "Don't Look Back in Anger." The first time I appreciated "Champagne Supernova," it came on the jukebox in a pool hall and I was like, Oh, I get it. It's weird how you can hate something completely and then one day's it's like, Huh, this is fine. That's happened to me with a few other pop songs from the '90s recently.
* The lyrics to "I Kissed a Girl" (the Kate Perry song, not the better/older song by Jill Sobule) are straight-up offensive, no? "I don't even know your name, it doesn't matter, You're my experimental game." They sound like they were written by the most annoying possible girl in high school, your Basic Skank (standard model) who thinks she's so crazy and out of control. I mean, who hasn't kissed a girl? The line "I hope my boyfriend don't mind it [sic]" is the most obnoxiously disingenuous (not that the whole thing isn't beyond hackneyed), since her music is obviously marketed to a tween/teen audience that thinks girl-on-girl action is live porn for guys.
* I was trying to lay off the perfume buying for a little while but then I read about someone finding Tocade at TJ Maxx and I decided to check out the "deep discounts" at Marshall's. I found a big (where 3.4 oz = big) bottle of Donna Karan Gold, which was on my to-try list, for like $20 and bought it untested. The risk paid off: love at first sniff, as perfume douches like to say. It smells very sophisticated, which is probably more a result of what it's not than what it is (i.e., not fruity, not sugary, not light or "fresh"), and almost savory at first. The main notes are lily and amber; amber is code for resins, the main effect of which is warmth (it's almost impossible to describe perfumes without invoking synaesthesia). Another good daytime perfume, distinctive without being in-your-face.
* John used to ask his mom to make him a few "plain cookies" when she was making chocolate chip cookies, i.e. to leave the chocolate chips out of some. I think that's funny. I also think it would be funny to describe a woman that way: "She's kind of a plain cookie."
* I'm reading next Saturday in the Small Animal Collective series, along with Jessica Bozek, Ori Feinberg, and William Walsh. (I also think it's funny that we're all standing in front of like, art or Europe in those photos, like your typical pretentious poetry dillbags.) Here's the info:
Small Animal Project teams up with Artifice Magazine to celebrate the launch of Issue #1 at Outpost 186. Small donation suggested.
186 1/2 Hampshire Street
As an added enticement, there will be booze and snacks.