Being a speedreader and former insomniac, I always had time to pursue my eclectic interests while most of the population was sleeping. But needless to say, having an infant severely limits one's ability to pursue anything other than sleep during one's free time. Well, now that the Peanut is 7 months old and sleeps like a champ, I'm finally starting to get a little bit of my groove back. We've got a pretty good rhythm going now and I feel like I'm starting to catch my breath and regain a sense of my own individuality. Not that everything's alway a bed of roses but man, those first few months were a killer.
That being said, I've started to take an interest in the outside world again. And apropos of nothing, I thought I'd share a few of the things that I'm really digging right now...
-Ian McEwan's "Saturday". A truly brillant read (even if everyone in the U.K. and their mother says so.) Beautifully crafted and layered, this may be the best book of the year. I'd read Atonement a few years ago but this was a much richer experience.
-Mac OS X Tiger. Spotlight. Dashboard. 4-way video ichat. A faster Safari with RSS. Much better networking capabilities. And about a million other improvements for a die-hard Mac geek like myself. If you're one too, you'll know what I'm talking about. And if you're one of those PC people, you really no longer have any excuse not to make the switch.
-$299 R/T tickets from New York to Paris (Air France "Early Bird Special"). Valid from November through March. $299.00. Round trip! Fares haven't been this low in about 7 years. If you've never been to Paris, you should take advantage of these low fares. You may never see them this cheap again. Sure, the Euro is kicking the dollar's ass. But there are plenty of places to stay in Paris for under $50.00/night. If you need some recommendations, I'd be glad to help you out.
-Greg Araki's new film "Mysterious Skin". I just saw this powerful movie at the Tribeca Film Festival. It's a dark drama covering a touchy subject matter. However, it's perfectly cast and brilliantly directed. In this age of Hollywood regurgitation, Mysterious Skin is refreshingly original, unique and thought-provoking. And isn't that what the movies should be about?
-BlueNile.com. Who would ever think of buying jewelry on the internet? But after reading glowing articles in Forbes, the WSJ and the NY Times, I decided to give it a shot and buy some Mother's Day bling for the BossLady. The whole experience was great and the customer service was fantastic. After doing some more research, I decided to buy some shares in the company last week and have already been rewarded with a 20% gain!
-The revival of dramas on Broadway. Sorry to say but I really hate musicals. I disliked Cats, detested Phantom and abhorred Chicago. But the great news for me is that there's currently a renaissance of great dramas with fantastic casts being staged on Broadway: Alan Alda, Liev Schreiber & Jeffrey Tambor in Mamet's "Glengarry Glen Ross," Jessica Lange & Christian Slater in "The Glass Menagerie," Natasha Richardson & John C. Reilly in "A Streetcar Named Desire," and Kathleen Turner in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?". To top it all off? Denzel Washington is doing a limited run as the lead in "Julius Caesar."
-Stanley Crouch's article on jazz great Sonny Rollins in last week's New Yorker. Having been a fan of Sonny Rollins for years, I was surprised to see that there was so much about him that I didn't already know. What will the world of jazz journalism do when we lose Stanly Crouch? He continues to embody the best of music criticism and jazz writing.
-My beloved NY Mets are 18-15 and 2.5 games out of first place. And though it's only May, they're playing well enough to stay in contention. Furthermore, Time Warner Cable and Fox Sports ended their childish squabble so the games are back on TV. And that's all this lifelong fan needs to enjoy the summer.
-Chipotle. How did I miss this? Aside from Popeyes Fried Chicken, I've never been much of a fast food guy. But these burrito bols kick ass. I've gone there 3 times in the past 3 weeks.
-The start of soft-shell crab season. For a few weeks every May, crabs molt their shells for something a little bigger. It takes a few days for the new shells to harden so if the crabs are caught right away, you have that awesome delicacy known as the soft-shell crab. Nothing announces the arrival of Spring to me like major league baseball and the start of soft-shell crab season.
-Zhang Ziyi on People's 50 Most Beautiful List. Ms. Zhang bears an uncanny resemblance to my beautiful wife, the BossLady, and will most certainly be cast as her when they make a film based on my life and this blog. Though I was disappointed that none of my Asian brothers (like Daniel Dae Kim from "Lost" for example) made the list, I feel like my lovely wife did. In fact, the BossLady has a much nicer smile than Zhang Ziyi (though her martial arts skills are not quite as good.)
-More Daddy bloggers enter the fray. Like I've always said...the more, the merrier. These daddy blogs may not all be new but they're relatively new to me. I like them all a lot and I think you will too. So go over and say hi to Not-for-Profit Dad, Amateur Dad, Because I'm your Father, Brainy Bug, and Dad Gone Mad.
That's it for me. So what's floating YOUR boat these days? An inquiring mind wants to know.