I'm really hooked on the Original Intent project, in case you haven't noticed. I once thought that when my thirty day self-commitment ended back in February, I'd post an O.I. pairing once a week. Twice if I was feeling adventurous. Ha! It seems that O.I. photos and earrings are the only things I post anymore. And while I'm having a ball with my little project, there is one very important person who gets a little antsy when O.I. pairings are the only things I post. My mom. "Where are the recipes?' she asks. "What have you been up to? Where have you been going? What have you been thinking about? Where's all the text?" So, to keep Momma happy, I offer her (and you, of course) a text-rich post on something that's been occupying my mind recently. Brace yourself. I don't think this is exactly what she was looking for, but I haven't cooked anything noteworthy all week, and my life has recently been filled with nothing but report cards, parent-teacher conferences, and school assembly practices. Bor-ring! (I even missed meeting a great blog friend in person due to work consuming my life this week. Ugh.) But I digress. At least this random little piece is more than two photos and an etsy link, right? So here goes, Ma.
severely edited list. Need a good cry? Check one of these out:
Photograhy Exhibit - Nan Goldin's I'll Be Your Mirror (which I saw while staying in the Red Light district in Amsterdam back in 1997... there were definitely other elements at play there that added to my fragility factor)
Art Installation - Janet Cardiff's 40-Part Motet, which I saw at P.S. 1 in Queens back in 2001 - it got me hooked on the haunting sounds of the choral piece Spem in Alium (the recording of which jerks the tears all by itself - no connected art installation necessary)
Books - Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls (elementary school me); So Long, See you Tomorrow by William Maxwell (grown up me)
Movie - Breaking the Waves, directed by Lars von Trier
And since this is the short list, I can't get too deep into the list of albums that make me cry like a baby, but a few tracks on R.E.M.'s Green got me seriously boo-hooing back whe I was in high school. Pete Rock and CL Smooth's They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.) also hit me pretty hard back in my teenage days.
Okay, Ma, I hope my rambling satisfied you. Now, it's your turn. What works of art turn on your waterworks? (That question, by the way, is directed to all of you readers, not just my mom. I already know that a rousing version of How Great Thou Art gets her totally teary.)