Three small items:
1. This blog: still flitting between awkward-looking and unspeakably ugly to my eyes. I’m not sure how or when it is that my brain “snaps” and suddenly the world looks different, but it seems to have happened again. Clearly, something will have to give soon. Did fix a little self-inflicted Typekey problem, so if you tried to comment with Typekey but couldn’t, you can now (again). Lo siento!
2. Still sick with absurd cold from frozen weekend in Las Vegas(!). I’ve come to suspect that this affliction and all (too often, conspicuously often!) others of the past few months may in fact be a single, lingering condition. And then, the unavoidable thought that perhaps illness is written in my genes and this thing goes all the way back. Prevailing mood of unhealth & pessimism.
3. Really, this should be #1, because triumph in the kitchen makes me happy, and best to lead off with happy. Made posole last night with a mess of hominy and pork, and I think quite a success for a first attempt (not to get too big-headed about it). Yum! More things should be made with hominy! Anyone have recipes to share?
Saw Cirque du Soleil, as mentioned below — my first ever. I can’t begin to describe how amazing it was! I understand that KÀ, which is still in previews, is quite unlike any of their previous shows, with a strong narrative (and narration, as well) de-emphasizing traditional cirque aspects of production. Several scenes, including an elaborate set-piece of a ship adrift on stormy waters, and a chase scene set on a “mountain” stage continuously rotating in three dimensions, were just mind-bogglingly brilliant in conception. The fusion of story, special effects, martial arts, acrobatics, design and music was just completely absorbing. Especially the design! I really wanted to get one of those elaborate cirque mask/headdresses in the gift shop afterwards — at least until I saw the prices! Sadly, not even the soundtrack will be available until 2006, according to the show staff, although it does make the question of how you should experience KÀ very easy: go see it, silly!
Speaking of gloriously audacious visual design: learned my friend J. is possibly the only other person on Earth besides me who loves Julie Taymor’s Titus! Taking this as some small comfort after years of unsuccessfully trying to get anyone to watch it with me.