Consumption Junction, do I have a malfunction?

I’ve decided to get cathartic on Little Junkies, and reveal exactly what I am consuming. The funny thing is, it started out as a great idea to entertain and show you what I am doing. After a mini-brainstorm to recollect everything I watched, read, bought, and listened to last week I felt a little…junky. There is a reason dietitians and doctors advise people to keep food diaries.

Anywho, here’s everything I came up with (I’ll make a much more dedicated effort to get everything this week):

Purchases:

  • Inventory: 16 Films Featuring Manic Pixie Dream Girls, 10 Great Songs Nearly Ruined by Saxophone, and 100 More Obsessively Specific Pop-Culture Lists, A.V. Club (Forward by Chuck Klosterman)
  • Guilty Pleasures, Laurell K. Hamilton
  • The Visual Miscellaneum: A Colorful Guide to the World’s Most Consequential Trivia, David McCandless
  • Who Would Win: A Guide to Great Imaginary Showdowns, Justin Heimberg
  • Up! (2 Disc Special Edition DVD)
  • Raditude, Weezer (2 Disc Special Edition)
  • 21st Century Breakdown, Green Day

I have decided that my life is a miscellaneum, visual and otherwise, and full of guilty pleasures. Which can only mean that I am very happy with all of my purchases this week, as odd as they are. Raditude has reinvigorated my love for Weezer and I feel awful for waiting so long to buy 21st Century Breakdown. “Run Over By A Truck” is by far one of the best tracks on Raditude, and I really love Green Day’s “Horseshoes And Handgrenades” even if it sounds waaaaaaay too close to The Hives “Main Offender.” Inventory & Who Would Win are fun little distractions the latter full of stupid debates to have with friends and the former full of lists for me to enjoy, argue with, and reproduce in some way in future blog posts.

Readings:

  • Shakespeare Wrote For Money, Nick Hornby
  • Guilty Pleasures, Laurell K. Hamilton (started)
  • Real Simple
  • Glamour
  • Entertainment Weekly

Color me pissed! Nick Hornby is a total doll, and I not only discovered this collection of his Believer columns after he finished writing them, but I also started with the last of the three books containing the entire collection. Le sigh, as the great Spitfire from Bucking the Wave would say. It was a great read, with a heartwarming introduction by Sarah Vowell and dozens of tips of new books for me to stack up. Guilty Pleasures is just that and yet another vampire series for me to delve into. I am digging it so far, and thanks to my adorable stylist for a day, Liz, for recommending it and other books. I just love meeting other readers in this digital age! The magazines were all great, with the exception of Glamour, which I liken to a giant airbrushed advertisement with misguided “advice.” That said, I am perplexed at how Entertainment Weekly could give The Men Who Stare At Goats an ‘F’ and 2012 a ‘B’. Then again, I haven’t seen either yet.

Movies:

  • The Fourth Kind
  • Monsters vs. Aliens
  • All About Adam
  • The Accidental Husband
  • The Brothers Bloom
  • Princess Diaries 2 (the last twenty minutes on tv)

Ugh. I’ll borrow from ZRose25 when I say if the fourth kind of interaction with aliens is abduction, then the fifth kind should be a lobotomy. Think of it as a theatrical length reenactment you could catch on Syfy or Discovery for free and for half the time investment. EW gave it a ‘C’ & I’ll give it a ‘B’… for Boo. I scrubbed that movie from my mind with a little light-hearted Monsters Vs. Aliens later that night and fell back in love with Seth Rogen’s fool laugh. Then Sunday rolled around. It was laundry day and what I call “Netflix Clearing Day,” the random day when you finally decide to watch the Netflix movie(s) that have been collecting dust at your house, because far too much time has passed between the time you added it to your queue and it’s arrival so the thrill is gone.

All About Adam is a BBC film starring Stuart Townsend, Frances O’Connor, and Kate Hudson and built on the premise that one guy can hook up with three sisters (one of which he is engaged to) and everyone lives happily ever after. This is also a premise that caused my sister and I to agree would result in instant death and dismemberment if it ever played out in our lives. Uma Thurman’s Accidental Husband was good chick fodder, but I can see why I only remember seeing posters for it and not the theatrical release. Thankfully, Rachel Weisz and co. in The Brothers Bloom redeemed cinema–I’ll make the mental note now, to add this one to my collection. I must also own up to the fact that I always get sucked in when either Princess Diaries movie is on tv, especially the one costarring a pre-Kirk Chris Pine.

TV:

Here comes the shame part. I won’t explain myself, but just know that I really do leave my house and see the light of day.

  • America’s Next Top Model
  • Glee
  • 30 Rock
  • Community
  • The Office
  • Dexter
  • The Venture Bros.
  • V
  • Heroes
  • How I Met your Mother
  • So You Think You Can Dance
  • The Next Iron Chef
  • Bones
  • Fringe
  • Castle
  • 10 minutes of The Killers concert on Palladia
  • The second half of the Raiders game
  • and five miuntes of the Dancing With the Stars results show

Did you know that back in the day Hippocrates advised his medical students against treating consumption, because it was almost always deadly (and a dead patient were bad for business)? …and you thought I was kidding about being a junkie. Lates!

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5 thoughts on “Consumption Junction, do I have a malfunction?

  1. supermon says:

    You might have me beat on the consumption status. Actually, you do, but I have diversions that keep me away from the TV, but I did stream 5 episodes of Glee in a row when I was sick. I will loan you Hornby’s Housekeeping Vs. the Dirt if you will loan me Shakespeare Wrote For Money, and I totally want to borrow The Brother’s Bloom! See, consuming isn’t that bad if you share the disease with friends!

  2. spitfire says:

    i loved the brothers bloom too! and i also made a mental note to buy it once it’s gone down in price. it’s GOT to be one of those 9.99-ers at Target sooner or later. right?

    also: “the great spitfire”?? i think you’re alone there. but thanks 🙂 aaaw shucks i’m blushing!

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