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November 26, 2004

After Thanksgiving, the Christmas season officially begins, and what better way to usher in the holidays than a family viewing of Bad Santa. Unfortunately, I couldn't find my copy last night, so it remains something to look forward to.

I actually got up bright and early and went shopping this morning, along with the rest of the country. Unlike the rest of the country, however, I went to a thrift store, where I found some pretty cool and distinctive threads. I'm determined to only buy brand new clothes if they're fair trade. I unfortunately had to draw the line at shoes this morning -- I can't afford fair trade vegan footware at the moment, and I was in dire need of some new pleather dress shoes -- but at least nothing's getting killed in the making of them.

I did make a brief stop at the local media outlet to see if I could withstand the desire to purchase the new Criterion editions of Altman's Short Cuts and Bergman's Fanny And Alexander. The latter especially, since I'm currently reading The Passion Of Ingmar Bergman by Frank Gado and its account of his childhood gave me a whole new appreciation for that particular film. I was also excited to see that the Short Cuts set included a reissue of the collection of Raymond Carver short stories that inspired the film, a volume I've had and loved for years, and -- hey, I've got The Simpsons playing in the background at this very moment, and they just made an awesome joke involving Truffaut and Bergman films! Anyway, Carver's a brilliant writer and I made it out of the store without spending any of the money I don't have, although writing about it now makes me wish I had.

I do have the new Rufus Wainwright album. Want Two isn't quite the exquisite marvel that its predecessor was, but it's certainly a very fine record in its own right. I think track five, The Art Teacher, is the most heartbreaking expression of unrequited love I've ever heard in a song, and the way it transcends sexual orientation (a gay man singing from the point of view of a girl) is quite profound.

I think the need for distractions has passed. I'm off to commiserate.

Posted by David Lowery at November 26, 2004 4:49 PM


You sonofabitch. Yesterday was supposed to be buy nothing day.

Posted by: jmj at November 27, 2004 10:16 AM

I thought about that, but then I was like...that doesn't really accomplish anything, does it? Your restaurant WAS open, after all...

Posted by: Ghostboy at November 27, 2004 12:25 PM


Posted by: Adan at November 27, 2004 2:06 PM


Posted by: Adan at November 27, 2004 2:07 PM

BND isn't aimed at locally owned independent businesses. It's aimed at the corporations and consumerism that plague the world. You know, the kind that sale christmas lights made by child labor in third world countries so we can celebrate the Prince of Peace. Ha!

Posted by: jmj at November 27, 2004 9:48 PM

Right, so that's why I went to Good Will.

Posted by: Ghostboy at November 27, 2004 10:33 PM


Posted by: jmj at November 28, 2004 7:45 AM