stories, some that are still being formed, some that went over the transom in the last century
The "Brit a Day" series
What does a months-long parade of attractive British men have to do with fiction, you might well ask? These gentlemen have inspired some lovely scenes, part of the life I live in my head. Over time, some of these scenes reach out to one another and begin to form a story. For the present, each one of these pictures provides a writing prompt for me, a way to keep me writing with a sense of passion and narrative, even when the stories are not yet fully formed.
My friend Donna and I received a joint-custody gift from a friend who saw Dan Radcliffe in 'How to Succeed...' on Broadway--the original cast recording CD. It's my turn to have the CD, and I can't wait to hear it. I haven't seen 'How to Succeed...' since high school, and it was a high school production. Donna suggests the next musical outing for Dan should be a 'Guys and Dolls' revival with Rupert and Emma!
My kids and I were talking [we do that sometimes over the holidays] about how much we love the movie 'Muppet Treasure Island.' In that case, today's guest Brit could be none other than Tim Curry in his role as Long John Silver.
Benedict Cumberbatch and Gary Oldman in 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.'
I can't wait for this movie. I've been living in a kind of Cold-War-European-1970's aesthetic lately. I traveled around the East/West German border in 1980, and this week I had my Kodachrome slides of that trip transferred to DVD. [See a few on my other blog: http://anthropologic-ephemera.dreamwidth.org/] So I've been reliving my brief days behind the Iron Curtain [that's so fun to say..]
And as for the 1970's--I finally saw 'Last Tango in Paris' for the first time on Netflix the other day.
I watched the Doctor Who episode called 'The Girl in the Fireplace' last night, all the while thinking that Madame de Pompadour was played by Georgia Moffat, David Tennant's significant other, and thinking to myself what a lovely couple they are, look at their sparkling chemistry, yada yada yada.....then realized that I had confused the story of how they met [making the episode 'The Doctor's Daughter,' I think] with the story of how 'The Girl in the Fireplace' had moved my friend Eddie to tears. They are both lovely girls, but here is the real Georgia:
In the back row of this shot: Eddie Argos, left; Chris Chinchilla, right.
Eddie recalls in his blog recently how Art Brut got some initial face time with the public when they decided to go to one of Pete Doherty's guerilla gigs back in the day--
Anyway Pete turned up broke a string in the first song and then ran away, leaving an angry mob of people shouting for more. The support band wouldn't play another set for some reason. So the promoters asked if anyone in the room was in a band. Art Brut had only played maybe one show perhaps two by then and we weren't even all at the show but my brother immediately put his hand up and said yes we're a band. So Me, Chris, Mickey and My Brother all climbed onto the stage and improvised some songs. We played Modern Art, Bang Bang Rock And Roll (I think for the first time) an amazing Ciccone song called 'Last Tube Home' and a cover of Teenage Kicks.
I like that according to the Half Man Half Biscuit song Asparagus Next Left by playing a Guerrilla Gig in the middle of another groups Guerilla Gig I have played the ultimate Guerrilla Gig.