Wednesday, March 04, 2009
Looking For Mr. Goodbar
As I was writing today (trying to get into a new project -- that's the problem with finishing a book -- you have to start a new one), I started thinking about phrases I use as shorthand for certain situations. I'm going to list a few and ask you guys if you have any that you use.
Play Misty For Me -- great Clint Eastwood movie about a woman who becomes obsessed with a late night dj/ I use this to mean any woman with a creepy gleam in her eye who follows/stalks the man of her dreams. Sometimes this method works -- dear reader, the last person I used this description for married her object of desire.
A Star Is Born -- Kris Kristopherson, Barbra Streisand -- woman becomes famous, man well, stays as he is. Problems ensue.
Midnight Cowboy -- one of my favorite movies, but I use the phrase to mean a man who is dressed in a tragic way. Can also apply to any man who works as a "dancer" No, I do not mean Mikhail Barishinkov, I mean the kind that is hired for every bachelorette party that should never ever be.
Looking for Mr. Goodbar -- a friend of mine often says careless, reckless when someone is doing something stupid. I use this term for two totally separate things --behavior of any kind that falls into category of either a) winning a Darwin award or b)punishment on television/movies for any woman who is remotely sexual in a non-traditional way.
That's very Karen Carpenter -- behavior that is billed as wholesome but in fact is very dark and vital and interesting underneath scary, shiny veneer.
Anything to add?
Michelle's Spell of the Day
"You can rot here without feeling it." John Rechy
Drinking music suggestion: The Wrestler Bruce Springsteen
Benedictions and Maledictions