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Notes from New York (2)

Returned from New Haven last night. Before I left I realized I’d lost my nice cotton sweatshirt, most likely left it at The Oakdale Theater, where we’d seen Yes the night before. *sigh* Once in NY I headed straight to Barbara and Anthony’s house to retrieve my suitcase. Anthony invited me to come with him to the guitar shop district on 48th Street, dominated by Sam Ash’s stores. I tried a few guitars while he exchanged foot pedal units.

I checked into the Leo House shortly afterwards, settled in, and went to see Secretary, the new James Spader/Maggie Gyllenhaal movie. Gyllenhaal, brother sister of Jake, plays a young woman recently released from what appears to be a psychiatric hospital, recovering from whatever mental problems she has (she likes to cut herself, among other things). She attended typing school, and applies for a job at Spader’s law office (he’s a solo practioner). From there the movie moves slowly into their mutual discovery of the pleasures of S&M. Spader, the King of Creepiness, never goes over the top into Very Strange Territory, and Gyllenhaal is a revelation to watch, as she slowly discovers a side of her she didn’t know existed. These two are made for each other. At times the movie is so quiet (scenes in which Spader literally whispers his commands) that you must strain to hear what is being said. This movie is not for everyone, and while I enjoyed it, it could have been about 20 minutes shorter.

Today I’m wandering about in a bit of a daze. I’m seeing Al Franken tonight at Joe’s Pub. I hope to jam sometime with Anthony as well, who’s currently a guitarist in the band Bobblehead Po’. Another film I want to see this week is Tully, starring among others, Julianne Nicholson (on whom I have a considerable crush).

I also think I need sleep this afternoon.

4 Responses to “Notes from New York (2)”

  1. Murph Says:

    That would be Maggie Gyllenhaal, _sister_ of Jake.

    And Anthony’s in New York? Like just gigging, or living?


  2. randy Says:

    Thanks, guess I could use an editor. Sheesh. Anthony is not Anthony from The Flicks, he’s someone I’ve met since coming here in the 90s.

    Saw Al Franken tonight, he was the bomb.

  3. Murph Says:

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  4. randy Says:

    Yes, I know, been hearing from others about this, but thanks, I hadn’t seen this link. It sucks, really. Bob never told UW that he had them in his will as the depository for their collection. I don’t think he was aware that they wouldn’t be able to process it because of their size. We knew about the donation, and had spoken to UW about it, but they told us they had no plans, and left it in storage. What a sad loss for researchers and students.

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