Clearly, it’s been a while. I didn’t really mean to take the summer off, and those of you who follow me on Tumblr know I haven’t entirely, but writing here kept feeling challenging, so I largely didn’t, because sometimes you just have to follow your instincts.
Also, it was a weird, weird summer of what often seemed like collective fragileness. If you follow Glee, you know what that’s been like. Rizzoli and Isles fans also had a heartbreaking summer. I write a lot about death, often too easily. Over the summer, the easier choice for me was not to. On the above-mentioned items, I don’t much see that changing until confronted with the text that addresses the in-narrative repercussions of these real-world losses.
What I did do, was see Pacific Rim, which was a fabulous example of how tried and true tropes can make a whole new thing. I haven’t written about the film, but I can’t say enough good things about Travis Beacham’s Tumblr.
I also caught up with Netflix’s House of Cards, which I can’t talk about without making grabby hands gestures and feeling like it ties in very tightly with our current narrative obsessions with hunger. Yes, some thoughts for this blog will eventually coalesce there too.
Aside from spending some time in Europe for work, I also went on a wacky roadtrip here at home with friends that involved seeing Darren Criss gig a few times. While I have a lot of conflicted feelings there about the packaging of fame and how deft, or not, that packaging is required to be that I may eventually organize for here, it’s certainly an excuse to extoll the virtues of live music in Philadelphia as opposed to New York and also highlight the general excellence of people I know.
Ultimately, the gig of the summer to write home about, for me, was Adam Ant, and that I couldn’t make myself do it here, is a testament to all the raw places it hit me in.
Basically, I read some books, ate some food, hung out with my partner, and worked my tail off on a ton of stuff I can’t talk about yet. Some of those things will be getting announced very soon. More and most of those things probably won’t be discussed until 2014. But I’m typing so much my hands ache, and it’s delightful.
Regular updates here to resume shortly. Thanks for sticking by. Now let us know what you did on your summer vacation.