White Grapefruit & Charlie Kaufman
It's only Saturday, and I've already scored twice this weekend.
Not that kind of scoring. Or that other kind. Or, like, soccer goals or anything.
No! My friends just got back in town and look what they brought me! I mean . . . us. Me and Jarrod. Yeah. Us.
You must understand, white grapefruit is like the HOLY GRAIL of fruit for me. It's more sour than the pink variety and difficult to find in stores. In fact, I've only found ONE PLACE in Asheville that carries it (Greenlife). So every winter I get, like, two grapefruit. And then they're gone.
And then I'm stuck with the pink variety which is totally snooze. I mean, it doesn't even make my mouth pucker or anything fun like that.
My parents have a white grapefruit tree in their yard, and every December, we'd have buckets of grapefruit and gallons of juice. And it wasn't until I moved away from the desert that I realized how much I took it for granted. Because you really can't get great citrus in the rest of this country.
I don't care how close I live to Florida. It's not the same.
(And don't even get me started on the OJ situation. My parents also have an orange tree, so I was a ridiculously spoiled child.)
Anyway, my friends Tai and Staci brought these as a gift today -- and they didn't even know how much I love them! And they're organic, and they're from someone's yard, and not a big nasty pesticide-y farm, and I am so so SO in heaven.
Tai and Staci, by the way, were in Miami last week because Tai was in ART freaking BASEL! If you aren't familiar with the art world, Art Basel is only one of the most prestigious shows in the WORLD.
I've bragged here before about having a lot of talented friends. See? I wasn't joking! In fact, I have a constant reminder of how talented this particular friend is in my living room:
That's the painting he did for Jarrod's band, Lewis, last year. (And, yes, that's Jarrod on the left in it!) Isn't it amazing? It's HUGE and BEAUTIFUL and I feel so lucky every time I see it. Because seriously. Tai is way, way talented.
Like look at this gorgeous carousel painting:
The Internet doesn't do it justice. It's pink and gold and ENORMOUS and the detail is so incredible you lose yourself for days. I see something new every time I look at it. Check out more of his work here.
Whoops. That was supposed to be just about the grapefruit. I kinda got sidetracked.
So my other big weekend score?
Charlie Kaufman's new film, Synecdoche, New York!
Charlie is my favorite screenwriter. Ever. Period. I sort of piddle myself just THINKING about Being John Malkovich (Academy Award screenplay nomination) or Adaptation (another nomination) or Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (finally the win!).
So when his latest -- and his directorial debut -- arrived in town? Oh yeah. You know I was there opening night.
If you haven't heard of it, Synecdoche -- which is a Very Cool Literary Term that means a figure of speech where the part is a stand-in for the whole (ex: "all hands on deck") -- is a crazy funny sad insane film about a theater director who receives the MacArthur grant and devotes the rest of his life to making a play.
But not just any play.
A play that involves models of New York built inside models of New York, giant warehouses inside warehouses inside warehouses, and THOUSANDS of actors.
Including actors playing the theater director and everyone in his life.
And pretty soon the lines between fiction and reality -- which were fuzzy to begin with, due to the director's mysterious illness -- are blurring and tangling and spiraling epically out of control.
So does the film actually work, you ask?
Well. Yes. Sort of.
The reviews are mixed, with most critics finding it smack dab between absolute brilliance and absolute rubbish. And I'd agree with them, but I'd say it hits brilliance with far more frequency than rubbish. And, like all of Kaufman's scripts, it tells a LOT about its author and his writing process.
Which is, naturally, fascinating to me.
Plus the cast is stellar -- Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Michelle Williams, Samantha Morton, Emily Watson -- so if you have any interest (and if you have a dark sense of humor), definitely check it out.
And because I'm feeling major Charlie-worship right now, here's a great interview with him from The Colbert Report earlier this week:
Hope you're all having a lovely weekend and baking cookies.
(I've spied a lot of cookie-baking in blogland lately. I have catching up to do.)