Pocket Reviews

St. Vincent – Actor

st-vincent-actor-cover1.jpg​Don’t be deceived by the doe-eyed luminosity of Annie Clark’s (a.k.a St. Vincent) pallid face, nestled in the confusion of her soft brown curls. Actor takes on the sensibility of binaries: from the album’s (palatable) sweet allure of ambiguity down to its last smack of bitterness as you consume it in its entirety. Album cover alone, you can’t tell whether she’s witnessing the blossoming serenity of cherry blossoms or if she’s watching humanity’s apocalyptic fate take place from a distance.

Actor is beautiful as it is strange. The pleasantries of pop tunes infused with a lingering darkness, the subtle silhouette of eeriness. A brush of familiarity lures you in, curious critter that you are; while the innocent frailty of her voice anesthetizes the ineluctable precarious note, that tips the song over to the desolate forests where many of the characters in her songs can be found lurking in the shadows. St. Vincent testifies to the harrowing chaotic grace of our mundane lives. Slowed down in frames of patient renderings of muted emotion and restraint, somewhere between the stark la-la-la of sanity, a heavy riff intrudes; the estranged banter of madness makes itself known.

Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen

Julie-and-Julia.jpgThis is a refreshing memoir about discovery, possibility, and ineffable amounts of butter. The book was a light read, though I often found myself tearing up and staring into the open spaces of my life with the subtle yet incisive wisdom of her words.

At some point, the rest of us will have bouts of frustration and envy, left with the tingling buzz of a thought: I wish I could do that. Create and commit to a project as if your life depended on it. Even if you have to butcher ducks and murder crustaceans. It can get bloody. Then again, that is the beauty of the book: The revelation that quietly arrives to the threshold of our knowing. We taste with caution, swallow without fear, and allow the reawakening of our senses.


4 Responses to Pocket Reviews

  1. Misho says:

    Are you talking to me?

    At my current state of disconnect or “disjointment” as another best friend put it, you have just given light at the end of my tunnel

    Leaving now to get a copy of the book

    • stoneandstar says:

      Yes, you. And me. And the rest of us drifters out there.

      It’s a fabulous book–made me cry! Although, I don’t think it meant to.

      Ah, and the movie too! Fantastic! Watch it! Read the book first, then watch it 🙂

  2. Pam Milia says:

    It’s really hard to fully give your 150 percent effort into something through and through. But when it happens and the results come, its something to marvel at. BTW have you checked out Ryan Leslie…..?

    • stoneandstar says:

      Indeed it is. Although I have yet to fully throw myself into a project that will render solid results 🙂 Okay, out with it “Pam”. I know your real name — Ms. Kat Apatan! Ha! Seriously though, thanks for reading.

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