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    film and music (obviously), literature, history, walking through gardens, strolling through art museums, chatting with the good folks here, trying not to stress out, daydreaming, spending time with family and friends, yoga (when I'm being good), surfing the Internet, learning as much as I can as quickly as I can about whatever interests me

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    copy editor (mostly cookbooks)
  • Favorite movies
    Some favorite films: Citizen Kane Ordet Solaris (Tarkovsky) Night of the Hunter Schindler's List Cries and Whispers Persona Pride & Prejudice Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Run Lola Run The Wrong Trousers Punch-Drunk Love Monsoon Wedding Singin' in the Rain To Kill a Mockingbird The Ice Storm Our Mutual Friend East of Eden Under the Skin of the City Lord of the Rings trilogy (Hmm. I really need to update this list soon.)
  • Favorite music
    U2 16 Horsepower Woven Hand Radiohead Over the Rhine The Arcade Fire Beck Loretta Lynn Beethoven Mozart
  • Favorite creative writing
    Bible, Tolkien (especially LotR), everything by Flannery O'Connor, Jane Austen, Philip Yancey, Watership Down, All the King's Men, To Kill a Mockingbird, Our Mutual Friend, Can You Forgive Her?, T.S. Eliot
  • Favorite visual art
    Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Millais, Waterhouse, Monet, Hopper, Van Gogh, Frank Lloyd Wright

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  1. Aw, shucks, you folks are too kind (and happy belated new year to you, too, Russ!). Jeffrey, that's hilarious. One of my first interactions with my husband took place years ago on a film forum when he posted a Diane/Twin Peaks reference after one of my posts and I had absolutely no idea what he was referring to. But anyway, I don't want to hijack this thread, so back to Sufjan. The Guardian is already referring to this as his best album, and also mentioning that "it’s less like Age of Adz in its poise and demeanour, more Seven Swans or Illinoise…" I have a backwards relationship with his music. It was actually Adz that really pulled me in and made me a fan, and then I got into the earlier albums. Seven Swans is a gem, so it's nice to see this comparison.
  2. Found this welcome news from Asthmatic Kitty Records in my inbox this morning: We're proud to announce that on March 31st (March 30th in the EU) we'll be releasing Carrie & Lowell, a new Sufjan Stevens record. THESE ARE AGGRESSIVE TIMES. Each morning we awaken to a psychic blitz of breaking news, social outrage, and millions of images and voices shrieking look at me and this onslaught does not cease until late at night when the last glowing screen fades to black. This world demands our attention with one hand and destroys it with the other. That such a noisy age can deliver an album as graceful and honest as Carrie & Lowell should reassure anyone losing faith these days. Let no one say philosophy is dead, for here is a 44-minute meditation on mortality, memory, and faith. Each track in this collection of eleven songs begins with a fragile melody that gathers steam until it becomes nothing less than a modern hymn. Sufjan recounts the indignities of our world, of technological distraction and sad sex, of an age without either myth or miracle—and this time around, his voice carries the burden of wisdom. Si jeunesse savait, si vieillesse pouvait. If youth knew, if age could. Our limited edition first pressing is in clear colored vinyl, which is available for preorder now. It's also available in black vinyl, CD, and digital. The first single, "No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross," arrives mid-February. You can be one of the first to hear it by preordering the album on iTunes or Bandcamp. Thanks to Pitchfork who premiered the trailer today. We also put the trailer on a little website along with a write-up and pre-order links. Visit the website by clicking below. VISIT carrieandlowell.com
  3. The entire album is now streaming via Pitchfork Advance.
  4. Coming to Criterion (along with Stromboli and Europa '51).
  5. Thanks, Russ! Things are coming along, though it still feels like we have a lot to do. We'll get there, though. It's a small wedding, but things have felt nonstop. Jason's also finishing up his first feature. I'll likely put in a shameless plug about it here someday. I shoot my scene in a couple of weeks, which should be interesting. Most surreal thing about it so far is that the Troll 2 dad, George Hardy, plays a dentist--his job in real life (no camp here).
  6. Aww, you guys are too kind. It's been too long. I'm still around here, just busier than ever. Got a wedding coming up in a little under 3 months! Hi, Doug! Nice to see you here.
  7. I'm very much looking forward to this, too. You can listen to one track ("Glistening Black") in its entirety here.
  8. Diane


    After 5 long years, new Danielson is coming in February. Sounds like the players are shifting somewhat for this one.
  9. Andrew, these are so lovely! Your post is so timely; I noticed it last night right after submitting some of my mother's photos to Birds and Blooms magazine. I'm happy to recognize so many varieties due to her bird obsession, but it's especially fascinating to see the ones that don't make it into my neck of the woods. Thanks for sharing. I'm especially taken by the one of the tree swallow perched on a rail and looking toward the sky.
  10. Stef, Jason and I did a Herzog study last year and watched almost everything he's made. I'm glad to see Stroszek at the top of your list, as I'd name it as my favorite. I'll definitely second the others here in recommending Aguirre, which I was lucky enough to catch on the big screen a couple of years ago. It really is a must-see, and I look forward to your thoughts when you watch it. I see you watched Rescue Dawn, and I agree with your rating—I much prefer the documentary version of the same story, Little Dieter Needs to Fly.
  11. Diane

    Troll 2

    Haha! It never hurts to keep folks guessing sometimes, Stef. I will say that I tried watching Troll 2 on the small screen with my boyfriend a month or so prior to the festival—and I fell asleep about 15 minutes in. A public setting is a huge help when watching infamously bad movies, at least from my own experience.
  12. Diane

    Troll 2

    I saw it last year at Birmingham's film festival. It was showing because the festival actually opened with Best Worst Movie—appropriate since the dentist still lives in Alabama (one of my boyfriend's friends is a patient; she says he's really nice). I sadly missed the doc, but anyway, in a festival setting with a rowdy audience, Troll 2 was super fun.
  13. Diane

    Woven Hand

    Schedule through this fall is here. You'll need to scroll down a bit.
  14. Diane

    Woven Hand

    What a bizarre combo, for sure. I believe Atlanta would be the closest for me, but getting out of town these days is a challenge. I'm holding out hope for a spring tour that includes my city, which is what happened last time. If only I could know for sure...
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