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Superhero Movie

Superhero Movie

Dear Kay, Finally! A movie I can sit through! Here’s a little quick weekend viewing for you: my beloved bruvver Clif Meador, talking about his work as an artist and professor. Clif makes books: haunting, provocative books that I find very beautiful. This film was made by Ian Issit, a filmmaker who is semi-practickly fambly. I really love how it turned out. Clif’s website provides many links to his books, some of which you can buy...

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Live Blogging the Oscars

Live Blogging the Oscars

Dear filmfans, 7:08 Eastern time: Well, well, welcome everybody! So you guys will know, tonight I’m wearing a fabulous pair of vintage jeans (vintage mid 2007) (vintage Gap, reminiscent of the momjeans look so popular back in um 2007), along with a T shirt in a shade that we’ll go ahead and aubergine because that’s superclassylike. I’m over at E! Entertainment right now watching people on the red carpet try not to act...

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We’re Going to the Oscars! Come with Us!

We’re Going to the Oscars! Come with Us!

Dear Kay, Okiedokey, filmfans, it’s time for the Oscars, and while I’ve been reading nothing but bellyaching about how unblockbustery the nominees are–and while I’ve been complaining bitterly about the entries myself, come to think of it–I still love the Oscars. Super Bowl for women? GUILTY AS CHARGED. Ultimate television event for knitting? ABSOLUTELY. To give you a sense of how wound up I get about the Oscars, I...

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People Are Getting Punchy Out There

People Are Getting Punchy Out There

Dear Kay, In the course of clearing my desk yesterday, an epic and rare undertaking, I decided finally to settle up with my friend Katie for a party we had. I look at the wine store receipt, and I see this: In an equally rare moment of cleaning out my closet, I discover these: And a fortune cookie gave up this: I was so delighted to uncover my desk that I took a picture of it: Can’t figure out what to do about that cat,...

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Never Let Go!

Never Let Go!

Dear Kay, What a glorious batch of movies. Thank you, everybody, for such brilliant suggestions. So many of these are new to me. I wish we could have a film festival where we could watch all 200 of them, back to back. Think of the knitting, the group therapy, the ultimate disconnect from reality. I think I’ll start with Mary B’s suggestion, because I was intrigued that she was so affected that she couldn’t think of a movie to...

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There Is No Stuffing Left in the House

There Is No Stuffing Left in the House

Dear Kay, First of all, I have to point out that last night, David and Clif ceremoniously flushed ice down two toilets, simultaneously, at exactly 8:02 pm. David claimed he heard that doing this would make it snow. I am here to tell you that there is snow coming down here in Nashville this morning. It never snows on December 1 in Nashville. I don’t know what to make of this. Catching Up on Things I REALLY apologize for the delay in...

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It’s Like Bronx Beat, sort of

Dear everyone who still reads our blog, and I hope that includes you, Kay, Quick note that we’re going to be on Martha Stewart Radio Monday morning, 8 am eastern time, on XM Sirius satellite radio channel 112. We’ll be talking with Betsy and Kim, the hosts of “Morning Living.” I think they have call ins, so please say hi if you’re feeling chatty. Love, Ann

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Tiny Hats

Tiny Hats

Dear Ann, Check my latest design: It’s the Yodeling Heidi Hat, one size fits all. (All Innocent drink bottles.) We don’t have Innocent drinks here in the US, but nevertheless we are knitting hats for them. Why? Because the fine and freaky people at Innocent are running their Big Knit campaign again this year to help raise money for Age Concern, a UK organization that works to keep older people warm over the winter. The...

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Live Blogging the Davidson-Kansas Game

Dear Kay, Davidson up by 4. Bout to have a stroke. 9 mins to go. 7:16 to go: Kansas up by 1. Curry is staying cool. I’m bout to have a stroke. 4:51: Kansas by 3. Hard to watch. Time out: deciding that live-blogging election debates has to be easier than this. 3:31 left: Stephen Curry’s mom is so great. 2:20: Sasha Kaun looks like Sacha Baron Cohen. Just sayin. 1:15: AAAAAAAAAAAAACK! Davidson down by 6. Can. Not. Take. It. :49:...

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