Posts Tagged ‘new york’

2nd December
2009
written by Tony
The view from the castle in Central Park

The view from the castle in Central Park

This was my first time in the city and Steph's second, though her first visit was for a conference and she didn't get to see much of the city at all. Fortunately for us (and our pocketbook) my half of this trip was sponsored by my employer. My visit to NYC was for a conference on dynamic environments through a trade organization I am a member of called  SEGD (Society of Environmental Graphic Design). The first day and a half of our visit (for me) was occupied with various seminars at different locations near Times Square. The conference was good, but the city was better. (more…)
15th June
2009
written by Steph
Not all Greek to me!

Not all Greek to me!

Since the weather has finally gotten consistently warm here in Nashville, I’ve been wanting to take advantage of the fact that our building has a pool and do some tanning and swimming.  I’ve talked fleetingly of my search for appropriate “pool reads” (and I’ll probably be posting more about that in the future… so stay tuned), which it turns out is a pretty perilous proposition.  You need a book that isn’t too dense, since lazing about in the sun can make the mind sluggish, but it’s important the book be engaging and not vapid, because otherwise there’s no incentive to read instead of getting into the pool.  After a little bit of soul searching, I settled on Beginner's Greek (Great Expectations by Charles Dickens doesn’t seem quite right for the summer, does it?  Don’t all those moors evoke Autumn to you?), which turned out to be a great choice. Billed as a modern-day Jane Austen novel (or chick lit written by a man), Beginner's Greek revolves around Peter Russell who is a romantic at heart and is waiting to find his true love.  He tells us that whenever he gets on a plane, he really believes that this will be the trip where he is seated next to a beautiful woman with whom he will fall hopelessly in love.  Lo and behold, on a cross-country trip from New York to L.A. Peter finds himself across the aisle from Holly, a beautiful and charismatic young lady and it seems the two form a magnetic attachment.  She gives him her number and tells him to call her while he’s in town, and he vows to do so… only to lose the paper on which her number is written and with no other way of tracking her down (you see, she never told him her last name).  The rest of the novel then chronicles the ups and downs of Peter & Holly’s lives (as well as the people who orbit around them) as they try to make their way back to one another. (more…)
8th April
2009
written by Steph

When this movie first came out, I distinctly recall it being billed as an indie comedy of sorts.  Not your slapstick Judd Apatow humor, but something a bit more wry and erudite.  Either I am misremembering this appraisal, or else the publicity people got it wrong, because while The Squid & The Whale has a few instances of biting humor, it’s really not a funny movie.  Given that it revolves around the dissolution of a marriage between two writers living in Brooklyn and how this, as well as their insane battle to share their children equally, affects their two sons, you can see how this movie might be of a more serious and somber tone.  In fact, it’s pretty depressing. (more…)