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...