In The Family Stone, a movie that Jimmy and I saw together and (dis)liked differently, the Luke Wilson character exhorts the straight-laced Sarah Jessica Parker character to fly her “freak flag.” Yeah, I loved that. I also cried when the Diane Keaton character died.
In praise of freaks of all kinds (and aren’t you, whether secretly or openly, one too?), I offer a brief list of some 2008 favorites.
Book: No One Belongs Here More than You, Miranda July.
Musical artist: Ida Maria.
Essay: “Mine Is Longer than Yours,” Michael Kinsley, New Yorker, April 7, 2008.
Sitcom: The Office. (I almost picked 30 Rock, but there have been fewer surprises there this season.)
Blog written by someone I don’t know: David Byrne Journal.
Tears of joy and relief: Reading this transcript, while watching a video of the speech, on the morning after.
Siblings: my four. All strange, in their own ways.
That’ll have to do.