Picks for February 2005
Film: not a film. A TV SHOW. I seldom watch television, except for Animal Planet, which my son loves, and actually I really love The Crocodile Diaries too, but I saw a show that made me cry with laughter. "Fat Actress", with Kirstie Alley, is hysterically funny, dry, irreverent and refreshing. The last episode, when her family all showed up at her house and smoked crack around the dining room table while the Larry King show filmed them, was just revolutionary. She puts a crack in the facade, no pun intended, and makes art out of it. Love it, love her.
Book: "The Measure of Our Days". A spiritual take on illness and death by a renowned doctor. This book really moves me, and the author is so honest about his own doubts, fears, struggle and journey as he treats his terminally ill patients. I am not the biggest fan of western medicine, overall, but I deeply respect this man and his love of his work.
Music: "SImple Truths", The Holmes Brothers. OH MAN. The real deal. Deep, soulful, real, rich, powerful, nuanced, gritty, passionate and spiritual. I LOVE these gentlemen. What an absolute pleasure to discover the REALNESS of the Holmes Brothers in a world of fake imagery.