brothercyst: April 2011

Saturday, April 30, 2011


I woke up about two hours ago, at 7 am.  This happens now without an alarm on sunny days because the sun is just pouring into my cluttered little bedroom, which faces east.  Also, someone further up in the house is periodically pouring coffee off the deck, or out a window, not sure why.  I came home very late last night.  I went to see Insidious with Nick, who just got back from China on a research trip for the Bodyguard remake he's writing.  There is a place across from the Grove that has a good happy hour so we ate several pizzas and had a few drinks.  I was shocked at how much I liked Insidious.  Highly pleasing horror movie.  I'd been told the first half was good and then it descends into silliness, but I liked the second half too, with the exception of two scenes (the "throwing everybody around the room" gas mask scene and the silly exposition scene).  Then we saw Hanna, a loathsome and stupid movie, with Cate Blanchett's all-time worst, most embarrassing performance.  Then I saw Fast Five, which was most pleasing and ridiculous, although it made me wistful for the days of the great R-rated action movies, which are now gone.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Monday, April 18, 2011

Thursday, April 07, 2011


Leaving for NY this weekend and early next week. Going to do an interview for a documentary about one of my favorite writers and go to the Paris Review Revel.  Exhausted...

Monday, April 04, 2011


Just paid my taxes, feel like I've been stabbed in the face.  How is it possible I owe so much money to the government when I made so much less money in 2010 than I have in any other year since 2005, and I got refunds in all those years?*

I saw Win Win today, which I loved.  Not my usual thing, but definitely the best movie I've seen this year.  Sideways-level Giamatti, although slightly less corrosive.  Loved it.

* yes, i understand how it's possible. i just hate it.

Saturday, April 02, 2011


Another Washington Post review of one of my dad's concerts in D.C.  Glowing marks.  Congratulations to my dad and Lina Bahn and the rest of the Verge Ensemble for making strange art in a city of politics.


Aaron Johnson might be my favorite young actor.  He's even great, and fully committed, as a dancer -- as we see in this great music video for R.E.M.'s new single.