The Swedes did the vampire genre a good turn with the ever so poignant ‘Let the Right One In’ that has so many eloquent, aching layers to it.

Not thinking the American remake is going to do it much justice.

Just caught wind of ‘We Are The Night’ (Wir Sind Die Nacht).

 

One night, 18 year old LENA is bitten by LOUISE, leader of a female vampire trio that are as deadly as they are beautiful. Her newfound vampiric lifestyle is a blessing and a curse at the same time. At first, she enjoys the limitless freedom,the luxury, the parties. But soon the murderous blood lust of her comrades in arms proves too much for her, and she falls dangerously in love with TOM, a young undercover cop. When she resolves to turn her back on the bloodsucking band of sisters, Louise fury knows no bounds. Lena will have to choose between immortal love and immortal life… (via Screamstress and DreadCentral).

I guess we’ll wait and see (if they’ll try to remake this one as well).

Washington Post Innovates

November 30, 2009

It was sad when the Washington Post announced the closing of its Los Angeles Bureau.

However, there is some new activity brewing in DC itself.

@poststorylab is where readers can interact with journalists and vice versa, taking ‘You Make the News’ to different heights.

Their avatar is Gonzo gone gonzo journalist (Hunter S. Thomspon).

Read more about what is going on in ‘The Lab’ here.

 

Open Source Sixth Sense World

November 23, 2009

You will not know what do with yourself after you watch this amazing TED talk:

 

Featured Cool Gal

November 22, 2009

As California is experiencing major downturns, Ashley is working to help redevelop and improve it- namely the community of Long Beach in So Cal.

She is a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received her Master of Public Administration & Planning degree from USC.

On top of that, a German publishing company has just approached Ashley about making her undergraduate thesis a book. That’s right- her undergrad one. It’s that good.

When she’s not helping the state of the world, she is having hiking adventures, taking art classes and watching basketball.

Featured Cool Gal

November 22, 2009

Karine is the neatest.

She grew up in France and New York.

She works for the famous Madge, as a wardrobe archivist. Yes, Karine gets to be around beautiful clothes and knows their history as part of human expression.

Karine graduated from William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.

She currently lives in Los Angeles and is purchasing a home on the east side with her fiance who is a very spiffy architect fella.

The Downside of Gen Y

November 22, 2009

Generation WHY??

2009 marked the year of six babies I knew of being born- joyous events.

However, these innocents were born to members of Gen Y who hover around 30 with no college educations and no want of such.

It seems as if children are the new accessories for some- who see kids on the hips of Hollywood’s young, hot and not so sharp.

The mothers of these newborns I have noticed- put them in the hot tub at one month of age, still do drugs and drink and then pump breast milk, expose their new borns to loud reality tv where people yell at each other all day, etc.. What’s worse is the fathers of these children are not motivated either.  They don’t work steadily or have educations.

In these LA cases, the new “parents” valet cars part time, then surf, sell junk they find on the streets, go to auditions, and dj. The other part of the time, they mooch off their parents, the child’s grandparents.

It’s the new parental welfare. It’s “keep paying my rent so I can go out- because you wouldn’t want the baby to be homeless now, would you?” mentality.  The party kids with everything given to them who became socially irrelevent, thought that having kids would somehow validate them. Babies are the new “look at me”. 

Here are two real life examples of new non-famous LA moms (names changed) with no career skills and no personal hobbies except for reading tabloids and watching reality shows.

Amy is 28 and made it through high school. She has two DUI’s- crashed a car into a building after drinking too much. Got knocked up by a guy, was pregnant in jail, waiting around for unemployment from yet another restaurant job she’s gotten fired from in the same beach town.  Told everyone everywhere she went she was pregnant, even perfect strangers.  Her guy goes out to bars and clubs and tells her people try to rufie him. hmm. Thought about getting her kid into show business, until she found out she couldn’t touch the money. Doesn’t have enough money for rent, but will buy 300 dollar sunglasses and drive to Beverly Hills to have her hair done. Family- upper middle class.

Christen is a former heroin addict. Found a nice guy, best friend of her former boyfriend and got knocked up. The baby daddy had to drop out of college. They moved in with his parents who have money.

Louise has never had a job- druggie. Her guy’s parents have old Hollywood money. He’s never had a job.  They popped out a kid and were given his grandparent’s old house to live in. They’re selling off the contents inside of it.

You would think women of Generation Y would be more self-developed, and not rely on the oldest tricks in the book, but yet it persists–even with more focus on self esteem building and more information out there.

There was the case of Casey and Caylee Anthony, where the mother wasn’t done partying and killed her child.

Too bad you can’t make parents to be take classes on the potential harm they could cause their kid.

Listen to the wise Karyn Murphy and just don’t have kids until you are prepared to give them everything they need, after first being able to stand on your own two feet and have some accomplishments for which your child can  be proud of you.

Also mind poet Philip Larkin:

This Be the Verse

They fuck you up, your mum and dad
They may not mean to, but they do.
They fill you with the faults they had
And add some extra, just for you.

But they were fucked up in their turn
By fools in old-style hats and coats,
Who half the time were soppy-stern
And half at one another’s throats

Man hands on misery to man.
It deepens like a coastal shelf.
Get out as early as you can,
And don’t have any kids yourself.

New Adult Books

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Winners of the St. Martin’s Press new ‘New Adult’ novel pitch contest, including yours truly, were announced here.

Why new adult?

We could ask Justin Halpern– he just made gobs of money being one.  At 28, he lives with his dad and was goofing off on twitter, when magic happened. Read about JH and find out for yourself.

Back to the question-

Because people 20-26 now-a-days aren’t full blown adults yet. They aren’t like people in past generations who were already strapped down with kids, a house and a job that they would stay with for the rest of their careers.

Lev Grossman wrote an interesting article in Time Magazine about “Twixters“- those between adolescence and adulthood.  With the advent of people like Diablo Cody who are self proclaimed teenage life addicts, well into their 30’s, we have this chasm of people who aren’t in highschool anymore, but aren’t in the traditional grown-up mindset. 

It’s very easy to remain in the dark about supposed adult responsibilities in our current times. Peter Pan Syndrome has been extended.  Demographics that used to be 18-24 are now 18-35.

The job market has not been kind to the new adult age group. Many are forced to stay in the range of their post adolescent angst because many have to move back in with their parents, creating this manchild/womanchild syndrome.

Click HERE for Grossman’s insightful article. 

Matthew McConaughey’s character in the movie Failure to Launch is still a twixter into his mid 30’s.

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People now have “quarterlife crisises”.

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There are web shows that focus on life immediately after college and how lost grads can be.

New York Magazine discusses Sean Patrick Murray’s ‘Under the Arch’.

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How will these ‘New Adults’ grow up? Many refuse to- clubbing/working retail, etc. til their gray hairs come in.

How will they figure it out? They’ll have to on their own, eventually, right?

Kudos to Dan Weiss (who apparently helped lead the way into segmenting children’s books into: picture books, middle grade, and young adult) and S. Jae Jones at St. Martin’s Press– for creating ‘New Adult’ to help twixters read stories about others of their kind finding themselves and their ways, and to Georgia McBride for helping them find these tales.

America’s Changing Roadside

November 13, 2009

Living in Los Angeles, I noticed a lot of strips of old hotels that my “cool” friends have never seen before. These old institutions that marked the dawn of the road-side inn are tucked away in areas that just aren’t “hip”.  They are a die-ing breed.

Now-a-days kids go to swanky parties at The Standard Hotels or The W.  “Boutique” hotels mark the “look at me” style of opulence that permeates most spheres of society, online and offline.

The old motels of decades past are a reminder of how carefree and spontaneous we Americans used to be- ready to hit the open road, feel the wind in our hair…    before young people started spending five hours creating their outfits and doing their hair for hotel parties.

Kudos if you know where any of these are in and around LA:

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These represent the days of not knowing what to expect- a certain kind of charm. With new hotels, you know what you’re getting: priciness, pretention, people with bad haircuts.

In LA, hopping in the car probably used to mean exhilaration- getting out, going for that Sunday drive. Now for most, it seems like massive frustration.

My Secret Parents

November 11, 2009

A lot of kids like to think they were adopted, that the people who act as their parents really are not so.  You know you’ve wondered if you really came from the people who raised you at one point or another in your life, haven’t you?

Twas the case of Roxy Carmichael, for those of you who don’t remember the movie- here’s the cover:

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Roxy tends to farm animals and waits for her “real (famous/[hooker]) mom” to come and get her one day.

With the 40th anniversary of Sesame Street going on this week, I finally figured out from whom I am descended.

I make this particular Kermit face all the time:

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and I have the posture and poise of Grover.

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Though not a proponent of limiting what people can watch, I’m glad my folks chose Sesame Street for me. I am just now figuring out the show’s influence on me at this point in my life.

@joaniefox told me critics of the show had predicted it was going to raise a generation of future drug abusers. Well, two generations later, the show has raised someone who makes weird faces and thinks having blue fur would not be a bad thing, and who loves to ride bikes.

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How do you like the alliteration on insane infatuations?

Does Robert Pattinson know where his mouth is? via @KingMhoFho.

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When I was growing up, I had two girl neighbors. They were sisters and they were weird. I wonder where they are today.

Anyhow, they had New Kids on the Block pillows. I was the right age for to be obsessed with them, like every female I could throw a rock at, but I wasn’t.

Phenoms like Twilight Moms just perplex, yet fascinate me. I know one of them. Another friend my age (kidless) read every Twilight book too like the TM I know. I couldn’t make it past New Moon, with the overuse of the word  “smoldering”.

Each to her own.  What is it inside certain gals that make them so “into” things they act like their life depends on it?  Some seem to have the obsession “gene” and some don’t I suppose.

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