Weekend Entertainment Gorge

My mom found this great collage book by Claudine Hellmuth called Collage Discovery Workshop: Beyond The Unexpected. Amazing stuff and super easy to follow. I may have to get all craptastic again and try to make something. I love the super simplistic styling that the author does with her collages, they are both relaxing and visually interesting to look at. I'm finding that lately I'm drawn to art that is a primitive modern gumbo. Artists like Angry Chicken have the knack for combining vintage lovely materials together in a way that makes me swoon and be soothed.

I also found a kickass science fiction writer over the weekend named James Tiptree Jr., the pen name for Alice Brady Sheldon. I adore female science fiction writers (like the recently deceased and brilliant Octavia Butler who wrote Kindred, the story of a modern day African American woman being thrust back in time to slavery days). I think women bring a humanistic voice to sci fi that is harder to find in the traditional galactic shoot em ups.

I started with Tiptree's biography and found that she led a frantic and colorful life. She had childhood safaris in Africa, was " a debutante, a flamboyant bohemian, a WAC officer, a CIA photo analyst, and a research scientist" before committing a murder/suicide with her husband in later years. She took on the pseudonym of James Tiptree in order to invade the male dominated sci fi world. And her writing was of imaginary sociological situations versus the traditional aliens, space ships and moon men. Tiptree was fascinated with the sexual nature of people and wrote about gender roles in futuristic settings. I've already ordered some of her more famous stories like, Her Smoke Rose Up Forever and can't wait till the library gets them in!

Also watched An American Haunting on DVD this weekend despite it having had lukewarm reviews when it hit the theaters. (It came out ages ago but cause I'm a brokeassmama I get my entertainment at the free library and tend to be a little behind the times.) The story was about the Bell family haunting of Tennessee, one of the most documented hauntings in history.

Ask me why I rented this? Heck if I know cause horror movies freak me out like they do Mommy Needs a Martini. And, I recently saw a psychic who told me that I had a golden aura (thank you very much) and that I could hear dead people. What, what, what? Come again? She said that I had extremely clear clairaudient channels and that I should pay close attention to the voices in my head. Silly me, I've just been medicating them.

She recommended I watch Medium but I had to protest on that one. When it first started I loved that show. Loved the interesting concept and an alternative to CSI: Insert Town Here. But lately it seems like all they ever show are children who have been molested or abused. It feels manipulative, like they are going for the easy shock and awe. An American Haunting had a similar vibe in that the director's theory was the the daughter of the family had been "penetrated" by her father and then began a poltergeist like haunting of the family while she was still alive. She was only settled once the mother killed the father with some vile cough syrup. Eh. S'ok. Not the best movie I've seen but the wimpy part of me was glad that it wasn't too creepy. Besides, I alway enjoy watching Sissy Spacek - actress of my all time favorite movie Coal Miner's Daughter.


And that ladies and gents was my weekend. I gorged on my SWAN system library order till my eyesight was blurry. Read or watched anything great lately? I love recommendations! I'll leave you with this little ditty...


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Oh, The Joys said...

I have to check out the collage book... back when I had TIME I used to do some me-self!

Deanna said...
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Deanna (domestic chicky) said...

That was me, I goofed...

If you want to see some absolutely swoon-worthy use of collage, check this out http://sallyjean.com ...I made my husband promise to get me one for Valentine's....

mommiebear2 said...

Saturday afternoon (before my nap) hubby and I watched My Super Ex Girlfriend. It was a good little laugh. I have posted about this before, but thanks to you -- I am reading Valley Of The Dolls! I dont know whether to kiss ur feet or bite you in the ass. I love this book, but it seems to be all that I think about. I have been sucked into the lives of Jennifer, Neely, and Anne. I only have like 1 chapter left sadly. Is the movie any good??

dianeinjapan said...

Well, Sarah Silverman is cracking me up these days...

I've been a fan of Claudine Hellmuth and have one of her books. This one looks great, too. Oh! Check out http://artjunk.typepad.com/art_junk/ if you haven't seen it yet. Amazin'!

Lisa Fine Goldstein/Kelly Kelly said...

excellent. i need to do more stuff like this myself.

Lisa

Mamma said...

I'm reading House Thinking for book club this month (okay it's tomorrow at my house and I haven't finished it yet)and I'm finding it very interesting. It's a theoretical look at how we live in our homes and in each of the various rooms of our house and some of the considerations you should take in putting together each room. More architectural than design, but VERY interesting!!

The collage book sounds good!

Glad you had a good weekend!!

Lotta said...

Nataly - I checked out your site and I'm sorry but you just aren't my type.

OTJ - Post em! No doubt they are as brilliant as you.

Deanna - Soooo cute! I'm going to get one for my mom for mother's day. Thanks for the link!

Mommie - Is the movie any good? Do dolls make the world more palatable? The movie is genius!

Diane - Great link! I want to find Sarah S. funny, cause I love the idea of a funny chick but I just don't laugh when I watch her. That's how I am with Woody Allen films too. I never get it.

Lisa - Let us know if you find some good reads!

Mama - My husband is an architect so I will check out that book for sure. Thanks!

Jenny said...

Love it...especially the Coal Miner's Daughter.

Personally I'm in love with (new musician) Mika. Ever heard of him? I want to kidnap him and make him marry me.

Samantha said...

I love Loretta Lynn, therefore, Coalminer's Daughter was one of my favorite movies :) It definetely put a new perspective on bologna LOL
I'm gonna check out the collage book!!!

Mommy Needs a Martini said...

I love Loretta Lynn and the album she did a coupla years ago. The song Portland, Oregon, with Jack White, is kick ass!
So you have an aura to hear dead people? NIIIIIICE! Hey...I have some ghosties for you to talk to at my house...mmmmmmk?

Lotta said...

Jenny - Does he sing Grace Kelly? If that's your man I'll fight you for him! And I know you are so stoned on painkillers right now to have missed the "I see dead people" reference in this post.

Samantha - Yes! Love her!

Mommy - Hell to the no. Ever since that reading I haven't gotten a decent night's sleep. I'm convinced that every dream is some dead person trying to talk to me. And since that is embedded in my subconcious my dreams are starting to become shaped by that. Last night I dreamt I chatted with my dead uncle and grandmother. (shudder)

claudine hellmuth said...

glad you found my book! hope you have fun with it :)
enjoy!

Lotta said...

Get outta here! I can't believe you stopped by!! What a huge thrill!!