Wednesday, June 9, 2010

These are a few of my favorite things...

A good friend of mine is working on a project that has got me thinking. Like many of us, everyday elements of her life (ie: a little thing called parenthood) had temporarily distracted her from more creative pursuits. Thus, she made it a goal to focus on reading more books, seeing more films, and otherwise exposing herself to potentially inspirational material. This lead her to an ongoing list, which has now led to her upcoming project, The Magpie List (website address and other info coming soon!), where she asks friends, peers, and loved ones to contribute a list of their own 10 thing (movies, songs, artists, films, etc) that have significantly moved them. I'm honored to be asked for my list, and I thought I'd take this opportunity to share it with you all as well. If nothing else, I happy to expose anyone who might be unfamiliar with a few of my favorite things. :)

1) "Nocturne in Black and Gold--The Falling Rocket" painting by James Abbott McNeill Whistler, circa 1875

2) Synecdoche, New York film by Charlie Kaufman, 2008

3) everything Miranda July touches, but start with No one belongs here more than you

4) Loose Woman, book of poetry by Sandra Cisneros

5) "Possibly Maybe" by Bjork

6) Arrested Development

7) oh yeah, and My So-Called Life

8) Untitled Film Stills, series of photographs by Cindy Sherman

9) This short from Paris, J'taime by Alexander Payne

10) Among My Swan, Mazzy Star