Bitter rain in my courtyard
By Wu Tsao
Translated by Kenneth Rexroth and Ling Chung
Bitter rain in my courtyard
In the decline of Autumn,
I only have vague poetic feelings
That I cannot bring together.
They diffuse into the dark clouds
And the red leaves.
After the yellow sunset
The cold moon rises
Out of the gloomy mist.
I will not let down the blinds
Of spotted bamboo from their silver hook.
Tonight my dreams will follow the wind,
Suffering the cold,
To the jasper tower of your beautiful flesh.
"I think pornography is fine. Without getting into a discussion about how it demeans women and all that shit, I like to watch other people fuck. That's the fun part -- they're doing all the work. Something funny happened to me in Vancouver. At hotels in Canada you get full porn, unlike in America, where they cut out all the penetration and private parts, and you just get a shot of the guy from behind, which I don't need to see. When I watched porn, I'd rent three tapes and do reconnaissance work first -- I'd fast-forward to see what caught my eye and then I'd catalog it. Then I'd make my choices and go back and watch. But you can't do that in a hotel because the movie won't play again for another eight hours. So if you're masturbating and not just watching, you have to make a decision fast. I had to change my porn-watching habits and commit early. In Vancouver I learned that beyond the initial commitment to the scene where I wanted to get off, I had no control over the moment I got off. Once you go over that edge to an orgasm, you can't pull back. So you give over and then you're at the mercy of the cuts-and all of a sudden you're looking at a guy's sweaty ass and you're coming, and then you're thinking, Oh my God, I'm questioning my sexuality, because that wasn't half bad."
Dawson's Creek: I really like Eddie and I did not want to like Eddie, not because I have any desire to see Joey get back together with Dawson or Pacey -- I would like to see Joey single and independent for once -- but because Oliver Hudson is one of those Hollywood kids famous for his relatives who get far too much credit for their mediocre acting, of whom the odious Gwyneth Paltrow is the most annoying example. Except that Oliver Hudson may actually be able to act. It's hard to tell on that show, because with the exception of Joshua Jackson, I don't think there are real chops to compete with. My but I am bored with the Dawson storylines. Instead of a week with no Jen, we should get a week with no Beek. On the other hand I am anxiously awaiting information on which network will pick up the show and rerun the first season, so I can relive the moments when I first discovered Billie Myers, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Mary Beth, etc.
Ready-made for RPS...I can't believe they let this information leak. "Frodo Baggins, 'Pippin' Took and 'Merry' Brandybuck will be staying in a country house in England for New Year. The actors who play the "Lord of the Rings" hobbits, Elijah Wood, Billy Boyd and Dominic Monaghan, are spending New Year together in Cumbria, England, though Wood would also like to take in the sights of Scotland while visiting the UK. The 21-year-old actor says, "I'm going to be spending the New Year in England at a farmhouse in Penrith. Billy Boyd and Dominic Monaghue will be there. It is going to be a very hobbity New Year. It is only an hour from Scotland and I want to go there too."
And just yammering...is this a good thing?
1. What was the first record you owned?
Personally, I think it was Billy Joel's The Stranger, or something by the Beatles. But the first one I remember filching from my parents' record collection was the West Side Story movie soundtrack. "I Go Crazy" was the first single I ever bought, followed closely by "Thicker Than Water." And now you know how old I am.
2. Is there a song that reminds you most of your childhood?
"Somewhere Over the Rainbow," which my sister used to sing as "Somewhere Oder Raindainbow" when she was very small; also anything by Barbra Streisand from before 1980
3. If you could spend a night with five musical artists -- three for their minds and two for their bodies -- who would they be?
1) Paul Simon, because he's one of my favorite poets
2) Paul McCartney, because I want to hear his stories
3) Joan Baez, because she's Joan Baez
4) Bono, who would be required to sing as well as talk and put out
5) Madonna, because I suspect that deep down she still knows how to have good dirty fun
And if anyone wanted to bring Sting to the party he'd be more than welcome in either capacity.
4. If your life was a movie, what song/band would play over the following:
*** Opening Credits
"After the Sunrise" -- Yanni (go ahead and laugh, I have no shame)
*** Love Scene
"Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses" -- U2
*** Driving Scene that Consists Mainly of Flashbacks and Love Lost
"Ghost" -- Indigo Girls
*** Closing Credits
"The Dance" -- Garth Brooks
*** Any other scenes?
Lots and lots of women folk singers, Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, Celtic New Age, and there has to be some Manilow in there
5. If applicable, name a song or concert that moved you to tears.
"One More Arrow" by Elton John; "Sand and Water" by Beth Nielsen Chapman; "Tears In Heaven" by Eric Clapton; "Full of Grace" by Sarah McLachlan; "Snow Is Lightly Falling" by Nightnoise; "The Door" by Martin Page; "Postmortem Bar" by Zane Campbell (which might not count because of its strong association with Longtime Companion)
6. What do you listen to when you're happy?
Disco, Madonna, Cher, anything I can dance to
Sarah McLachlan, Mary Beth, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Trisha Yearwood
Bob Dylan, Peter Paul and Mary, Simon and Garfunkel, any protest rock
7. Name one musical artist you would like to see banished.
I am very good at changing radio stations, avoiding magazine covers and leaving stores that play terrible music, so I wouldn't banish any of them, though I won't listen to Eminem or a host of performers who say hateful things
8. Name a song you would rather never hear again.
"Dream On" -- Aerosmith
9. Name an album that is perfect all the way through - no filler, no bad stuff.
Beatles, Magical Mystery Tour; Simon and Garfunkel, Wednesday Morning, 3 a.m.; Fleetwood Mac, Rumours; Saturday Night Fever (movie soundtrack); Dan Fogelberg, The Innocent Age; Evita (Broadway cast); Indigo Girls, Indigo Girls; Mary Chapin Carpenter, Stones in the Road; Eva Cassidy, Songbird
10. Music you like that could be considered a guilty pleasure.
Neil Diamond, John Denver, The Village People, Donna Summer...basically any schlock written in the late 1970s-early 1980s
11. If your music collection was about to go up in flames, which five CDs would you save?
My autographed copies of Bree Sharp's Cheap and Evil Girl, Mary Beth's A More Perfect World and Lisa Moscatiello's Second Avenue, plus whatever else I grabbed from #9 (I'm assuming I could replace the rest)
12. Is there a song that describes you or a situation you've been in so well that you could have written it?
"Unusual Way" from the musical Nine
13. What is your favorite soundtrack?
14. Best Music-Related Movie?
Amadeus, Eddie and the Cruisers, Hairspray, Nashville and This Is Spinal Tap (some of these are good while some are just good fun but I refuse to choose among them)
15. What is your all-time-favorite video?
Madonna's "Like A Prayer"
16. Current favorite radio hit?
That new Avril Lavigne song
17. Do you sing or play any musical instruments?
Sing in the shower; play piano