Filed under: art, jews, movies, new york, quote of the day, things i like, woody allen
happy 75th birthday to this man.
“you know a lot of geniuses, y’know. you should meet some stupid people once in a while, y’know… you could learn something.” – manhattan
“i don’t want to move to a city where the only cultural advantage is being able to make a right turn on a red light.” – annie hall
“tradition is the illusion of permanence.”- deconstructing harry [happy chanukah!]
on this day (oct. 24) in 1926, harry houdini gave what would be his last performance ever at the garrick theatre in detroit, michigan.
“if you keep on saying things are going to be bad, you have a good chance of becoming a prophet.” - isaac bashevis-singer.
this is from a book excerpt i have to read for a history course.
of course, i’ve only looked at the pictures so far.
title pages of the bible illustrated by ephraim moses lilien, 1908.
this reminds me – i also have a german test tomorrow. better get on that.
“beware of too much laughter, for it deadens the mind and produces oblivion.”
– the talmud
(…whoops. that explains a lot.)
so, i have been very, very busy these last few days trying to find a place to live and figuring out things like argentinean cell phones (i’m still pretty bad at writing texts in ‘word’ mode… i don’t even use that in english. also, there are about a million ways you have to learn to dial other phones- there are different numeric prefixes if they’re cell or land lines, and then to have people dial you you need to give them like 12 numbers… it’s complicated). i also had to recognize that the kind of shady-looking hole-in-the-wall ‘kioscos’ are actually the most important vendors in this whole city and that everyone goes to them for everything from phone cards to sodas to ice cream. also, argentinean spanish has a bunch of crazy pronunciations, some of which sound italian (the whole language here sounds italian-esque), some just… argentinean.
thanks to chris and jen for reading (and telling me you did so).
HAPPY NEW YEAR / SHANAH TOVAH to all the jews.
and, for the more educated reader,
is this blog pretentious enough yet?
other things i have to do in the next day or two: buy a wireless router which i have to sell before i leave; buy some curtains or cheap material that i can fashion into a curtain (the windows everywhere all have these wooden slats that block out the light, but they’re kind of ugly); plan out how much money i have versus how much money i am going to use… oy. summary is to be cont’d.
p.s. you should all get skype immediately.