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Sun salutation, y’all


I’ve done a bunch of sun salutations in my new yoga class this week and they’re kicking my ass. It’s been years since I took yoga regularly and this creaky old body is limbering up. Slowly.

Do any of you practice yoga? I’d like to hear about your progress, how were you in the beginning vs. how you are now and how long it took.

Relive the first 24 hours of MTV

I’ve written fondly of my childhood love for MTV. I was not cynical enough at 10 to realize that music video’s emphasis on good looking performers would prove to be the downfall of pop music.


No when I was 10, having a channel all to myself was thrilling. I could watch music videos all day long. And I did. Through MTV I found a lot of cool New Wave acts. I fell in love with Duran Duran and Culture Club and Adam and The Ants. The Go-Gos, Missing Persons, A Flock of Seagulls, which all the cool kids dubbed A.F.O.S.

Hey, remember the MTV ditty?

So, if, like me, you were an excited youngster watching cable television on August 1, 1981, and the names Martha Quinn, J.J. Jackson (RIP), Alan Hunter, Mark Goodman, and Nina Blackwood are forever linked with your youth, you might like to relive MTV’s first 24 hours on the air.

And now you can here at the channel’s official web site. Hard to believe so few performers made videos back then, MTV had to air the same handful of artists over and over.

If you were watching since the first day — and even if you weren’t — share your MTV memories here.

I just watched this movie


What the hell? It was as demented as it was brilliant. Guy Maddin, huh? Is he like the new David Lynch?

OMG, no. Bea Arthur has died.

Oh, cruel, dark day.


Share with us your grief in the comments.

Allen Ginsberg’s words of wisdom


My advice to you is as follows:
one, learn meditation practice;
two, empower yourself with your own emotions –
don’t be afraid of grief, or heartthrob;
three, be willing to expose yourself and be a fool,
to not be intimidated in the presence of presidents
and rock stars, but come on as a gentle, living
flesh and blood human being.

Don’t treat people as icons.

If what you are doing is considered by all your friends
as too far out, think thrice –
so you don’t go outside the bounds of sanity –
check it out.

Get a good education in reading the Eastern and Western classics.
Avoid animal fat.
Be a slave to love.
Wear your heart on your sleeve.
Twenty rejections in a row are wiped out by one acceptance.

New Beth Ditto interview


“It’s funny how something so normal and mundane that you see every day—your body—can be controversial.

From an interview in Black Book

Awesome looking paint chip sample wall

Also from Apartment Therapy: Look at this fab wall made of paint chip samples, the kind you can pick up at Home Depot, Lowe’s, or if you’re living in a bygone era, an actual paint store.

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The guy in front is the guy who made it, Los Angeles filmmaker and actor Scott Prendergast. Bravo, Scott. Cool idea!

Diane Keaton’s charming colonial home

Apartment Therapy has some pictures from inside the home of Diane Keaton, one of my favorite Hollywood actresses. Her decor, it appears, is as eccentric as she is. I love it.

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Very warm. Very charming. Just like Diane. Favorite Diane Keaton moment? Argh, so hard to pick, but certainly one of them is that bit in 1973’s Sleeper when she and Woody Allen are walking down the long corridor nitpicking at each other.

Happy Birthday, Bill!

Are you talking like Shakespeare today to celebrate what is maybe the Bard’s birthday? Or maybe it was yesterday? Because no one knows for sure.


Methinks no one is really doing this (save for the Renaissance Fair people. Sorry: Faire).

How are you celebrating Earth Day?

Today is Earth Day. What are you doing to honor our planet?


I’m a vegan who uses almost exclusively natural products and recycles every damn thing in her apartment. Everything, even, like, cereal boxes or any packaging food comes in at the grocery store. I read the ingredients of everything I buy and try not to buy grocery items with, say, palm oil, in them because to get that oil, we’ve got to chop down trees, the habitat for many other animals including endangered orangutans.

So obviously I give a shit about Earth Day and wish people thought about this kind of thing every day.

What do you do? Today and everyday. What do you now and what are your goals?

I really want to know. It’s not a rhetorical question. Go ahead, brag. Or confess, as the case may be.

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