October 09, 2003
- New Garrison Keillor novel that I was looking forward to: pretty blah. Decent in spots, mostly the New Yorker parody, but basically about three or four short story ideas squished together for no good reason and to no cohesive end. (The excerpt I link to above is pretty good, though.)
- New Lyle Lovett album that he actually wrote new songs for (!): eh. "My Baby Don't Tolerate" is a fairly pedestrian effort, with nothing particularly new or interesting going for it. It's not bad, just a somewhat disappointing retread, with a little "Road to Ensenada," a little of his gospel stuff, a little of his live honkytonking, but unfortunately no songs matching his work on "Pontiac" or "Joshua Judges Ruth." I was hoping for more heart on his first collection of new songs in seven years (and only the second since Julia), but maybe that damn bull knocked it out of him.
- While I don't feel as strongly about "Lost In Translation" as my compadre Frankenstein (I definitely preferred "American Splendor"), I would still recommend it. It's a lovely movie, kind of a short story or even an anecdote, with fine performances and an excellent use of the Jesus and Mary Chain's "Just Like Honey." See it.
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