As I write this, a storm is brewing outside, the kind of weather that will nudge me on the couch as evening comes with a cup of something hot in my hands and a familiar pleasure on the screen. I read Daphne DuMaurier’s “Rebecca” a number of times and seen the Hithcock’s 1940 version with Joan Fontaine and Laurence Olivier enough times to know most of the dialogue by heart. But it’s time for it again. There is nothing like some Hitchcock gothic to put me in a holiday mood. Or is there? And I still embrace the fantasy I will live at Manderley one day.
A touch of regret
While I cannot sing to save my life and there is no room for improvement, singing well doesn’t seem that hard, judging by the amount of talent shows that have proliferated around the world in the last ten years. But there is a gulf between having a great voice and having a Voice. A Voice implies being able to wrap one’s soul, pain, happiness and art around a handful of notes. A Voice gives you shivers. I will never forget the first time I heard Amy Winehouse and, every time I hear her, I experience regrets at the knowledge I won’t be able to hear more. Waste two minutes and check out what she does with that sap of a song “To know him is to love him”.
A fun and intelligent read
Chris Rock is turning 50. When did he become one of us? One of my favorite stand-up comedians of all time gives a lengthy interview to Frank Rich, a former NYT journalist now writing long form for New York Magazine. It’s rare to read intelligent interviews with celebrities: Chris Rock eloquently riffs on race, comedians and the state of this country. And critics say his new movie, Top Five, is a must see. Maybe on Christmas Day?
My food. Illustrated
I have been a fan of Bernadette Youngquist of Bernadette the Cooking Artist for some time now. Bernadette takes food and makes it appetizing not by cooking it but by drawing it. Some of her work is reminiscent of traditional still lives but there is a touch of playfulness in her work I am drawn to. I recently entered an original recipe for a competition she ran and I won an illustration of it. Can’t wait to have it hanging it in my kitchen. Bernadette has some of her work for sale but I believe she also takes commissions.
One dog at a time
Sylva Kelegian’s maxim that “saving one dog won’t change the world but it will change that dog’s world” stayed with me since I finished reading her memoir “God Spelled Backwards”. At Campari and Sofa we are very, very partial to rescue dogs and our three pups have become part of the site’s permanent cast: if you want a heartwarming read for the holidays or just wish to know what you can do to help, this is the book for you.