Again with the interviews! / Saturday chicanery

typed for your pleasure on 25 September 2005, at 5.43 pm

Sdtrk: ‘Sooner than you think’ by New order

Just got off the phone with Annette Heide, a writer for a German magazine, who’s conducting interviews with various RealDoll owners, in conjunction with the release of ‘Still Lovers’. The chat lasted for a little over 40 minutes, and was only marred by its brevity and our respective cellphone’s dodgy receptions. We’ll be in contact with each other sometime this week, where I’ll inform you of more details then. It’s a good year to be an iDollator. 🙂

On Saturday, I hauled myself out of bed at 7.30am, in order to meet up with Jeff at Derek & Steph’s digs, so that we could drive out to Ann arbor for one of our periodic shopping trips. We arrived there a little after 10am, and after making tactical strikes on Encore records, Borders, Vault of midnight, and Wizzywig, where I picked up a couple of gashapon figurines of Mikura from ‘Mezzo’, we enjoyed a fine lunch (which was more like a dinner) at Totoro, and took off from A2 round quarter to two. Not bad!
Speaking briefly of anime, I was pretty chuffed to read in the latest issue of Newtype that Vol.1 of ‘Tetsujin No.28‘ is due out in less than a week. Feckin’ ace! I’d better make some space on my DVD shelf..

Having made a quick stop at Jeff’s, he and I sped out to Cranbrook museum, where we met up with Wolfgang and his wife Masako for the Bridget Riley exhibit. As it was a retrospective of Ms Riley’s work from the early Sixties to now, it lacked more of her monochromatic pieces, which are the ones I really love, but nevertheless, it was pretty ace seeing her works in something outside of a book or magazine..
At 4pm, we attended a lecture taking place in one of the auditoriums — really, it wasn’t so much a ‘lecture’ as it was Bridget and a curator lass who handled organising the exhibit, sitting around a coffee table on stage and having a Q-and-A session. Unfortunately, as I had been working off five hours of sleep, followed by a number of hours being out and about, I nodded off a couple of times during the lecture, which made me feel like an uncultured churl.
As a bit of an aside here, I’d like to reaffirm that I love art — depending on what it is, I love some styles and approaches more than others, for obvious reasons — but in general, hearing in-depth artistic discussions bores the knickers off me. A lot of the time I really have no reference points to what’s being said, and I also believe that there’s only so much scrutiny that a person can do with anything.. it gets to a point where it transforms from a simple analysation into a hyper-critical dissection, and when you reduce something into its component parts, the potential for enjoyment of the subject for its own sake disappears. I’m not saying that people shouldn’t be analytical about such things, as wanting to know what, why, and how an artist does what they do is important,
and I’m not saying I’m personally opposed to wanting to learn more about the whys and wherefores of artists, but personally, I can’t over-analyse things like that all the time, as it goes from being less of an enjoyable thing, and quickly shifts into the area of boring academics.
But the Bridget Riley exhibit was fun overall. I just wish they’d had more examples of her black-and-white optical amphetamine paintings..

Round 6.30, Jeff and I returned to his, where we awaited Tim and Derek’s appearance. Derek must’ve fallen asleep or was eaten by badgers, as only Tim showed up. But we spent the rest of the eve watching more episodes of ‘Black books’, the first two eps of ‘Samurai 7‘, a handful of dodgy music videos, and blabbing about the sort of semi-underground media that we’re into; i.e, comic books, anime/manga, DVDs and toys/collectibles, and I took off close to 2am. Hoorej!

And that comprised my week-end! I think there’s a lesson there for all of us

Random similar posts, for more timewasting:

Not dead, honestly on September 13th, 2006

Happy 23rd! on May 23rd, 2005

7 have spoken to “Again with the interviews! / Saturday chicanery”

  1. SafeTinspector writes:

    Lesson: Never Eat Spinach With A Stranger.

    Thanks for the lesson, teach.

    I wish I coulda gone. 🙁
    Running this auction company is getting old.

  2. MaRi & atsushi writes:

    JP New anime links here.
    check it out.

    BLOOD+…lood/ intro.html

  3. Davecat writes:

    Atsushi-san and MaRi-chan –

    All of the shows look good, but we really want to see ‘ERGO PROXY’, cos that lass looks really sexy. 😉 Arigatou for the links!

  4. Penda writes:

    I was entertaining my sister on Saturday (Lisa is in town until tomorrow).

    Art lectures however… I would be the uncultured gomer snoring softly in the back row.

  5. Davecat writes:

    Well, we were almost in the back.. maybe a couple of rows towards the middle. Okay, a number of rows away from the middle, but we weren’t in the backmost row. We were like slightly behind the middle rear, near the back, yet not quite the back. But I got a nap in for you, so no worries..

    And tell Lisa I said ‘Hallo!’

  6. PBShelley writes:


    I had the pleasure of speaking with Annette this morning, and she was as nice as you described. I’m looking forward to “reading” her article, assuming the translation is not a problem LOL…
    OTOH, Meghan’s article should be seeing print soon, and THAT one will be in English at least!
    Thanks for the reference 😉

    PBS & Lily

  7. Davecat writes:

    Ah, Annett finally hooked up with you (and vice versa)? Fab!

    Yeah, tee hee, ‘reading’ her article. More like ‘staring at it very intensely to the point where you hope some chemical explosion takes place in your brain and you can suddenly understand German after only five seconds’. 🙂 Damnit, why can’t life be more like a Hanna-Barbera cartoon, where you get hit on the head with a pan or a rolling pin, and you instantly know a new language??

    And Meghan’s article will be something to look forward to, as well. She’s got a slight edge, though, cos it’s in Anglais – but it’s all good, as the kids say..

    Hugs and kisses to Lily! And give Pennie some catnip on our behalf! 🙂

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