Saturday, November 25, 2006

Sex, Sex, Sex, and More Sex

As everyone flocked to the nearest Cineplex this weekend to see Borat, Happy Feet or Santa Claus 3, I ventured out and saw Shortbus, John Cameron Mitchell's deliciously delightful sexual romp through the streets and alleys of post 9/11 Manhattan. It's fresh, thought provoking, carnal, and one of my favorite films this year.

This film has real sex, not the simulated kind you usually see in movies. And there's plenty of it too. It might be offensive to some (prudes!), but beneath the parade of sexual activity there's a heartfelt story, exploring the lives of emotionally and sexually challenged people as they venture through their daily lives.

There's a gay couple grappling with their monogamous relationship, a dominatrix with relationship issues, a voyeur, and a sex therapist who's never achieved orgasm. They all make their weekly visits to Shortbus, a modern-day sex salon, where they come face to face with their sexuality.

Shortbus has got great dialogue, humor, and a kickass soundtrack.

By the end of the film you'll be wondering which character you most resemble.

Who's mine? I'll never tell…

Well, maybe for a price. Any offers?

Saturday, November 18, 2006

The Big Paperclip, Stupid

Yesterday I was at work and I gave my boss a stack of papers neatly grouped and held together by a paperclip. She looked at the paperclip, yanked it from the papers, and threw across the desk sneering that she only liked big paperclips. At first I thought she was kidding and I laughed. Then I saw her icy stare and realized she was serious. This woman wanted a big paperclip and she wanted it now. Penis envy? I think so.

The other day she called me over to her desk and handed me a piece of paper saying it needed to be three-hole punched. She then handed me the three-hole puncher she had on her desk. I stood in front of her and calmly punched the holes in the paper, all the while wanting to punch a hole in her.

Her behavior is so unnecessary. Unfortunately there are others like her.

A friend of mine recently worked as an assistant for a woman who loved the color purple. Actually she didn't love it as much as she was possessed by it. Everything she wore was purple. Everything she wrote was in purple ink. Her car was upholstered in purple fabric. I can only imagine what her home must've been like. Purple? For sure!

My friend, who hated the color purple, was forced to write only with purple pens, use purple post-its, and have all emails in purple text. If it wasn't purple his boss wasn't going acknowledge it.

The purple lady's personality was as strange as her purple obsession. She went through assistants faster than it took for her purple ink to dry. How scary is that?

I often wonder what makes people act this way? I assume it's low self-esteem combined with a desperate need to feel important and be the center of attention. Will these bullies ever wake up and see the error of their ways? We can only hope.

Maybe the paperclip lady should get together with the purple lady… now that would make a great episode of "The Office."

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Native North American Child

There are a handful of musical artists as relevant today as they were when they first came onto the music scene. Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen certainly come to mind. There's also Native American singer/songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie.

She began her career in the sixties singing in coffeehouses but was soon blacklisted by the Johnson administration for her outspoken views on the Vietnam War and the plight of the Native Americans. She went on to earn worldwide acclaim but was sadly overlooked in the United States.

Her classic songs include: "Universal Soldier" (a hit for Donovan), "Until It's Time For You To Go" (recorded by Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond, Barbra Streisand, Cher, and numerous others) and "Up Where We Belong," the theme from "An Officer And A Gentleman" which earned her an Oscar for Best Original Song.

I've been a huge Buffy fan for many years. Her unique voice and passion hits you with an incredible power. If you don't know her you need to discover her now. I recommend her beautiful CD "Up Where We Belong," a collection of new recordings of some of her most loved songs.

It's difficult for me to name just a few but here are some of my all-time favorite Buffy songs:

"Native North American Child"
"Little Wheel Spin and Spin"
"Now That The Buffalo's Gone"
"My Country 'Tis of They People You're Dying"
"Soldier Blue"
"The Big Ones Get Away"
"Fallen Angels"
"He's An Indian Cowboy In The Rodeo"
"Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee"

What's really exciting is that a live CD of her Carnegie Hall concert is finally being released in December. Fans have been waiting a long time for this treasure.

And that's not all! Buffy recently announced a new CD of new songs coming "in the spring of 2007."

Wow. 'Tis the season of Buffy…

Friday, November 03, 2006

The Kite Runner

I'm a voracious reader and am constantly searching the bookshelves of my local library. Last week I stumbled across THE KITE RUNNER by Khaled Hosseini. It is one of the best novels I've read this year (and I've read quite a few).

Hosseini takes us into the world of Amir and his father Baba, their life in Afghanistan, and their journey to the United States. This incredible novel (and New York Times bestseller) is about relationships, love of country, and the fragile bonds of friendship.

Read it.