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Went to the Frist Center with Jaime and Liz yesterday to check out the Pre-Raphaelite exhibit. It was awesome. I had forgotten everything I knew or loved in high school and thought the Pre-Raphs were before Raphael. Nope. They were a "secret society"--and Dante Gabriel Rossetti was one of them ::swoon::--called the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood Society (PBS), or something like that, and they had their peak during the mid-1800's. (I bought the book for the exhibit, so the info's in there, but I'm not up for finding it at the moment.)

They had Rossetti's "Mona Pomona" there, and it was like a dream to see it in real-life. I have a small replica of it in my room that I got at Granny's shop (it had been cut out of this FABULOUS art book--not by Granny, by the person she got it from--that someday, when I'm uber-rich, I will buy). Although most of Rossetti's women all look the same, they're still cool to look at. They had so many paintings by Rossetti ::love::, but it turns out that he was an asshole. ::hate:: He was such an asshole, in fact, that his poor wife--fabulous artist and poet and all-around cool lady Lizzie Siddall--killed herself by OD'ing on a sleeping drug.

I think one of the coolest things about the exhibit was that the viewer gradually came to understand how in each other's lives these guys were. They were constantly seducing each other's wives and fighting and making really great art.

The human drama never ceases, no matter who or where you are.

We ran into Catherine Gatzemos (I have NO clue how to spell her name--sorry!)--she's working at the cafe the the Frist Center. We talked with her for a while, while Jaime had lunch. C left and the rest of us hit the gift shop (we weren't up for the Red Grooms thing, and I'd seen it already, years ago). Bought the "official" book for the Pre-Raph exhibit, a replica of one of the most beautiful pieces there, and got a free keychain.

Gave Jaime and Liz a mini-beer each (although I think Liz left hers in the car). Went out for Japanese food (went to Asahi) with my parents and Beanie and her new boy-toy (his name is Shane, but we sometimes call him Mr. Shane, and Dad often calls him Shawn). I had a Kirin Lager, miso soup, salad with ginger dressing, maguro nigiri-zushi, and kani nigiri-zushi. It was great. Watched a 2-hour "Extreme Makeover" special with Mom and Dad, and then Mom and I watched an episode of CSI. It was about this baby who gets killed by its parents, which was really depressing. Apparently, it came out in March or something, but I was having a hard time at the time, with my grandfather dying and my hamster dying and work being a living hell, among other things (like loneliness), so they didn't send me that one. They figured it'd be a little much for me to handle at the time. Good call.

Today I shopped at Target for some random stuff. Found my 3EB CD (eep!) among other CD's I thought I had sold. (I think I did sell that "The Crow" soundtrack, which sucks since it was so awesome.) I need to go to The Great Escape so badly now it hurts. I need the latest Blade of the Immortal book, some random-ass comics, and lots of CD's. The thought of being able to buy a CD for anything less than $30 makes me feel like I'm robbing somebody. It's great....in a "I'm not really robbing anybody" sort of way....

Tonight we're going out for Thai food, then we'll probably rent a movie. Oooooh, I want to see Hellboy. I remember the comic coming out forever ago, but I never read it. Guess I should now, although it's kind of embarrassing to get a comic they've already made a movie of. It just screams "wannabe," even though I'm not.

Ooooh, that reminds me, when we were in Johnson City, Beanie, Marissa, Jake, and I went to the Johnson City Mall (yee-haw!)--where I got my ears pierced for the 3rd time--and we walked into Hot Topic and OHHOLYLORD I couldn't believe it they had a Foamy the Squirrel shirt RIGHT IN FRONT and there were 2 kinds (the one I didn't get said, "Feel my squirrely wrath!") and it was so hard to choose but I finally got the one that said, "Someone should stab you in the eye with a really hot french fry." I'm in love. ^_^

I also got this graphic novel I'd never seen before called "Nightmares & Fairy Tales," written by some chick whose name I forgot and drawn by a chica called FSc, whose drawings are what compelled me to buy the thing. Her drawings are a like "Naruto" meets "holicxxx." As soon as I saw it, I had to have it. The "Nightmares" are so-so, but the "Fairy Tales" are really well done. If I could draw like that, well, I'd have a job doing comics, not teaching. Then again, if I ever actually DREW anything, the same might be true. It's hard to draw when you've worked 60 hours in a week, though.

Serious Catch 22 suckage.

My fingernails and toenails are blue-green.

Better go draw something. Something dark and "deep." Ah, fuck it; I'll probably just do more character sketches of characters who will never appear in comics because I never get around to drawing comics. Damn you, Abby!


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Aug. 7th, 2004 12:57 am (UTC)
D'oh! I did leave my mini-beer in the car. I just don't expect to have beer waiting for me under my car seat...

I really enjoyed the exhibit as well. The paintings were so much more vibrant than the prints I've seen. I think the gift shop should try some daring new items. Nightlights, puzzles, and keychains are nice but sometimes I want something else. Did you see the $12 bar of soap with a Rosetti painting? I wish they had a stained glass with one of the paintings that I could hang in a window. I'd love to wake up to that every morning.
Aug. 7th, 2004 10:25 am (UTC)
I didn't see the soap! My mom would've loved that....

Yeah, they kind of had the same ol' same ol' stuff there, which was too bad. If they'd had a Mona Pomona tube dress, I would have gone crazy, but the book isn't too bad.

You seemed kind of down that day. Hope you're feeling better.

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