Some Saturday notes

The Tailor and the Giant, by James Kruss

The Tailor and the Giant (by James Kruss and Edith Witt) was one of my favorites growing up.

1. Do you find it hard to meditate regularly, or at all? That’s fine, says Adam Grant.

2. The German movie Phoenix is just great–see it if you get the chance. It has a 99% on Rotten Tomatoes. (I’m normally a scaredy cat about thrillers, but this one strikes the perfect balance of suspense, melancholy, and history.)

3. This Target boho blouse just nails it–pretty embroidery without being too peasanty. I am wearing it now.

4. During a Q&A at Town Hall the other night, Steven Pinker responded that he’s pro-Oxford Comma and the audience started cheering. (Who can’t love Seattle?)

5. I had no idea Chuck Palahniuk is irrepressibly hilarious until I heard this Live Wire interview.

6. Palace journeys continue: It’s almost time to head over here, hurrah!



Lindt Dark Chocolate Cookie Bar

Lindt Dark Chocolate Cookie bar

Lindt Dark Chocolate Cookie bar, your PGT-endorsed Galaxy Cookie Crumble replacement.

As a space committed to all developments related to the Galaxy Cookie Crumble bar: They are no longer selling it at Cost Plus World Market. (Teardrop.) I last spotted one in a Vancouver British imports shop last November, so it would seem distribution has changed.

However! I am thrilled to also let you know there is a new chocolate-cookie-bar game in town, and it tastes nearly the same: Lindt Dark Chocolate Cookie bar! It is so good–trust me on this. So far I’ve only found this kind of bar at Target (they sell the other kinds at Bartell Drugs, but not Dark Chocolate Cookie), meaning that it’s also about half the cost of the Galaxy.

Charles talks with Nancy Guppy

Charles ArtZone Interview with Nancy Guppy from Seattle Untimely on Vimeo.

It doesn’t get much love in the press, but Seattle has a truly fantastic sketch comedy scene. Just when I think I’ve seen all there is, three or four new groups will emerge seemingly out of nowhere and make you laugh in entirely new ways.

Recently, I was thrilled to see my favorite sketch group, Charles, get this Art Zone coverage for their Moby Dick adaptation set in outer space, Moby Alpha.

Moby Alpha won’t be back in Seattle for a while, but in the meantime you can catch their absurd hilarity at Seattle Sketchfest, going on at the Pocket Theater. I saw one-half of the duo (Charles Stockman) perform in a sketch competition last night, and even on his own he managed to win. Not an easy feat, considering all performers had to do sketches based on the theme “sustainable agriculture.” (And yet, several groups nailed it, because it’s Seattle.)