Friday, January 29, 2010

You are my best friend; You are my only friend.

The JCC of Manhattan screened Mary & Max as part of opening night of the 2nd Annual Reelabilities, a film festival "dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different disabilities."

The claymated film chronicles the unlikely friendship between Mary Daisy Dinkle, a lonely eight year old girl living in Australia, and Max Horowitz, an obese, middle-aged New Yorker living with Asperger's. Their twenty year correspondence begins when Mary randomly selects Max as her "pen-friend" from a NYC phonebook. The solace and counsel the duo provide for each other over the years is very touching, but the project avoids being overly precious through dark humor and unflinching honesty.

This film reportedly opened Sundance this year to critical acclaim and is based on a true story. Go and see it if you have the chance.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Millennials Changing America

I chatted with my old friend Alex Steed recently regarding a project of his entitled "Millennials State of the Union," which gauges our generation's enthusiasm level for Obama's first year in office. If you can look past my crazy poofy hair and imperfect audio syncing, check out our conversation here.

Clinton in 2012!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


Anna Quindlen is one of my favorite writers for her sharp witted pieces in Newsweek and her classic op-eds in the NY Times. I finally read one of her works of fiction, Rise and Shine, and LOVED it. No wonder the lady has a Pulitzer!

The book is the story of a Katie Couric/Diane Sawyer type woman, her social worker sister and the complex relationship they navigate, compounded by scandal and tragedy. Add this to your library queue ASAP.


This is my favorite holiday card that I received this year from a work contact. So cool, right?