Crispy Phoenix

Musings on life in LA while chasing a Hollywood writing career

Month: May, 2013

Little Video Big Message

Remember that commencement speech given by David Foster Wallace in 2005 at Kenyon College? No? Go here to read a transcript of it or you can listen to Part 1 and Part 2. David_Foster_WallaceIt deserves to be read by everyone IN THE WORLD. If you do remember it or even if you don’t, go here to watch This is Water, the short film inspired by the speech. In a word… awesome. It’s my new favorite short even though I didn’t have a favorite short before.

Wallace was a prolific writer and professor who committed suicide by hanging himself after a long battle with depression. His death occurred in 2008, just three years after his famous speech. The Pale King, his unfinished novel was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize. Now that you’re feeling enlightened, expand your mind a little more by reading something he wrote here.


Lisa Bright and Still Bright

When I drove to Texas last October, I made a point of bringing my sewing machine back with me. I moved into my new apartment in January of this year.

To make my point, my windows are naked and my sewing machine is sitting in the closet STILL UNUSED.

Sewing machine

I put baby in the corner

Every weekend I tell myself I’m going downtown to the Fabric District to get some fabric to make curtains. And every weekend since moving in I have been too busy to drive downtown or to shop or to sew. Don’t misunderstand. I’m not at all bitching about always having something to do or somewhere to be.

HOWEVER, it’s a little freaking bright in here since the time changed. Also, Los Angeles is experiencing its Instant August where we are slammed into hot weather in May and it stays that way until late September.

No curtains

I made plans to go downtown this weekend but the warehouse I’m going to is across the street from the Flower Market and it’s Mother’s Day weekend and I was warned that this is the WORST WEEKEND OF THE YEAR to go downtown.

I am heeding the warning and so I shall remain curtain-less and Wide Awake at Dawn for another week.

Getting Back In… Some Mother’s Day Links

The one percent were out of the office yesterday so the internet beckoned me to surf it. I answered the call. As a result, I have so much to share that this blog will most likely implode from the surprise usage.

ImageFirst, Happy Mother’s Day even though I don’t really recognize it as a holiday (partly because I am motherless and partly because it’s a marketing ploy) and neither does Anne Lamott. If you’re a writer and you haven’t heard of her, pick up a copy of her book Bird by Bird. We all need a little support sometimes and she’s amazing. You’re welcome. Go here to read her exquisitely crafted essay on why she raised her son to NOT celebrate Mother’s Day.

Second, hello. You should be loving your mother EVERY DAY and if you must do something tomorrow, try celebrating ALL WOMEN. Just because she hasn’t given birth doesn’t mean she hasn’t touched the life of one child or many!

Also, Tina Fey is a mom in case you’ve been living under a rock for the last several years Imageand didn’t know that. Go here to read the prayer/letter she wrote to God about her daughter. It’s heartfelt and, of course, hilarious. It is excerpted from her book, Bossypants.

Third and last, let’s all congratulate Ryan Gosling’s mother in our hearts while watching him refuse to eat cereal. I promise you will laugh yourself into a headache. Note: It might take a minute to load but it is WORTH IT.

Now get out there and love up your favorite person with a vagina!