Sunday, December 28, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
1. Come home completely spent.
2. Unpack groceries.
3. Assess the now semi-thawed frozen berries - freezer or fridge? Decide on deciding later, and leave them on the counter.
4. Resume unpacking groceries, whilst marvelling at the oddity of your newly acquired taste for soy milk.
5. Eye recently purchsed secondhand blender.
6. Empty most of the berries - boysen, black, blue, rasp, and ch - into awesome space age jug component of (Kent's old) blender.
7. Conclude that the likelihood he originally purchased the blender cos it looks like something out of The Bauhaus is moderately high to very high.
8. Discover half a carton of soy milk you forgot about in the fridge, and pour it over berries.
9. Revel in your luck that it was previously chilled. Warm soy milk is probably utterly disgusting. Using the new carton probably wouldve destroyed the new obsession forever.
10. Turn blender on medium blenderingness.
11. Check email.
12. Turn blender off.
13. Pour the custard-consistency contents into a tall glass.
14. Almost die at how insanely beautiful its shade of purple is.
15. Drink. DE. LICIOUS.
16. Repeat steps 6-15 for a friend named Shadi that drops in and is hungry for a snack.
*Hot chocolate tea party not included.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Being in Israel during "the holiday season" is both refreshing and kind of sad. Refreshing because im not drowning in material excess/Christmas jingles on the TV and radio/tacky decorations. Sad because, even though I dont even celebrate Christmas back home, things are always warm and fuzzy around this time. There is kind of this buzz. I guess it has alot to do with the fact that by December, uni is well and truly done for the semester, its summer holidays until the end of February, and there is so much to look forward to. It really feels like the end of the year, and the beginning of the next.
It doesnt feel like that here. Its just another month. Its not warm, like back home. But its not freezing either, like in Europe, where i spent last Christmas and a couple before that. I've only ever really had hot Decembers or sub-zero ones. Haifa is dis-orientingly moderately temperatured. Its chillier than usual, but nothing to write home about.
Speaking of chillier, a bunch of my friends are in Europe right now, and i kind of really wish i was with them. I know its not even snowing in any of the places they're in at the moment, but these winter pictures are dedicated to them.
Fig 1. Arezo. Paris.
Fig 2. Vafa. Vienna.
Fig 3. Ray. London.
Fig 4. Shervs. Vienna.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Nazy had this children's book sitting on her dining table next to her computer and some pens.
I recognised the front cover of the book. It might have been because the kid on the front resembled Max from Where The Wild Things Are. Then i realised it was written by the same author.
Nazy and i looked up Maurice Sendak. We found out that when he was 12, he watched Walt Disney's Fantasia and decided he wanted to be an illustrator.
So then we read through the book together, with Nazy's new found obsession with Joy Division as the soundtrack.
The story began normal enough. Mickey, the protagonist, wakes up to a loud racket.
Then things got weird. Acid trip weird.
Mickey proceedes to randomly "fall through the dark", lose his clothes, and fly to the moon, landing in a cake mix (??). Three fat Hitler-ish men with little moustaches, double chins and red noses stir Mickey through the batter.
Mickey jumps out the batter, protesting, "I'm not the milk and the milk's not me! I'm MICKEY!" At this point, Mickey is sporting a cake-batter onesie.
Mickey kneads, punches, pounds and pulls a clump of residue cake batter into the form of some sort of one-seater plane, which he flies "the Mickey way" (to where we're not sure, but we assume its some sort of play on the "Milkway").
We read on to find out he actually IS flying to the Milkyway, which happens to be a gigantic old-fashioned milk bottle like in the movies. He falls into the bottle, wherein his batter onesie begins to disintergrate off his body, leaving him essentially stark naked.
The rest of the story is pretty much ridiculous, especially the part where he stands on the edge of the bottle with a jug on his head, shouting (in pretty coral curvy font) "Cock.a.Doodle Doo!". Loud and proud in his birthday suit.
The last 2 pages show him falling back into his bed, fully clothed, "carefree and dried."
I turned to Nazy and said, "this isnt how i remembered this book". Then i realised that i think i had possibly read it before. Nazy exclaimed that she had seen my mother's name in the book somewhere.
We flicked to the back cover to find that vintage envelope thing with the cardboard slip in it that they used to use to lend out library books. People had written their names, and stamped the date, the earliest being "Vick 8 April 1988".
I followed the names down the lines to find "Shidan 1/1/97" in my mother's handwriting.
Dictated to Nazy by Shadi T.W. (more or less).
Proofread by Nazy.
From: Dion Azordegan
Sent: Sunday, December 21, 2008 4:28 PM
To: Nazanin Forghani
You need to listen to this
It’s literally the only recording of this song in existence. It’s awful quality, the mic is broken in the first verse, and there are more than a few bum notes. But it still sends shivers up my spine. New Order eventually recorded the song in a studio, but it didn’t have the same heart as this version.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
*****Preamble: So i know im late to the party, but I just finished watching the mesmerising film Control. It completely drew me into some sort of late 70's British rock vortex. Joy Division made some insanely good music. Im not sure how true to life the story itself was, but the characters were magnetic, and their sad plights somehow hypnotic. Ian Curtis seemed a beautifully intense person, unable to replenish what he felt the world drained from him in the name of art. The susceptibility of youth to the paralysis that is hopelessness made for a moving theme. Cinematically, the scenes were like stunningly compositioned photographs, yet the film remained unsentimental and raw despite being in black and white (which can sometimes be corny). Audibly, im completely besotted with the soundtrack. I.e., with the music of Joy Division.*****
Back sometime in 2007, Giancarlo accidentally left some newly purchased Joy Divison and New Order CDs at my house. I remember he had had a sudden urge to thoroughly educate himself in their music. So we went out and bought all 5 or 6 they had at the record store. I, to his horror, confessed i didnt know 'em. He assured me that wasnt possible, in the same tone of genuine disbelief one uses when someone between the ages of 20 and 28 claims to never have seen the film Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind.
Every day that i babysat the CDs, i eyed them scattered across my desk. I didnt know much about the bands or their music, but i had gathered, from GC's enthusiasm and that of the sales assistant at the record store, that they were worth knowing. And thats all i needed to know to know that i needed to know them.
Everyday, i contemplated listening to them, but didnt. I knew i needed to seize the opportunity to do my own educating before GC arranged for their collection, but there was something about their physical aesthetic, all 5 or 6 of them scattered across my desk, that mildly repelled me.
Their covers, even now thinking back, seemed eerie. Maybe not all their covers, but the one that seemed to stand out, and became the others' ambassador for me, was this one cover-- its colours were white, black, and traffic-light green. No illustration. Just text and solid colour. It was strangely lifeless, clinical, depressing. I hadnt even realised i was shallow enough to judge music by its cover. But i apparently i was (intentionally a statement of past tense).
I concluded i wouldnt force myself to like them just cos GC did and cos i had felt somehow culturally obliged. But then i realised i didnt even know if i really didnt or did, cos i hadnt ever listened.
Then one day, GC came back to recall the CDs as their rightful owner, and the whole drama that was (and wasnt) Joy Division, ended.
I figured, if they were THAT good and im meant to hear and know them, then i will.