JC Is My Co-Pilot

One of last year’s more remarkable collaborations came from Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker and Canadian pianist Chilly Gonzales. Their Room 29 was released on the consummate classical  label Deutsche Grammophon. Cocker’s witty and droll lyrics were inspired by room 29 at the infamous Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles.

The following video is a live recording of one of my favorite tracks from the album. To dive deep into the lyrics, check out this Chilly Gonzales fan site.


About Betty’s Boob

Late last week, BOOM! Studios announced the forthcoming publication of About Betty’s Boob by Véro Cazot and Julie Rocheleau. According to a press release, this original graphic novel promises “an affecting and inspired examination of one woman’s painful, surreal, and oddly humorous journey following a mastectomy.”

As someone who had cervical cancer and currently has a benign [though very painful] fibroadenoma, I am very intrigued by this book. I am hopeful that it will pair well with Marisa Acocella Marchetto’s stellar Cancer Vixen.

About Betty’s Boob is slated for release in June 2018 through BOOM! Studios’ Archaia imprint.


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In True Love with Charlotte Hatherley

Here’s a taste of my favorite albums of 2017. True Love, by Charlotte Hatherley, is definitely at the top of my list. Some may know Hatherley as the former guitarist of Ash. Currently, she plays guitar for Birdy.

On the side, Hatherley has created a lush, gem of an album. And I can’t get enough of it! Here’s “A Sign” from True Love. You can learn about the inspiration behind the song here.

Stay tuned to this blog for more of my top albums of 2017!

WANT: Superflex Body Suit

I’ve got this wacky thing called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Type III: Hypermobility. It’s like a superpower, yet it’s not. I shoulda been a contortionist. When I was in college and things got tough, I would actually say, “I should drop out and become a contortionist.”

The upside is that I’m very flexible. The downside is that I’m very flexible. Things pop out and “sublux” quite often. Usually, it’s not that big of a deal. Except for when my hip pops out. I scream bloody murder when that happens. Thankfully, it’s only happened a handful of times.

For me, the worst part is stairs. My poor knees make this disgusting, crunchy sound and they often decide to stop working entirely. My other nemesis is gallons of juice, milk, etc. Whenever I pick those up, my shoulder and wrist dislocate.

My salvation has been my Hurrycane, various braces, Kinesio Tape®, and physical therapy. But I really want this Superflex Body Suit! Granted, it won’t add all of my joints, but it’s a start.

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her

Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Viola Davis, William Hurt, and Isabelle Huppert all in the same flick. What’s not to love? Unfortunately, Ned Benson’s The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her suffers from a weak and hackneyed plot.

I really wanted to like Eleanor Rigby: Her because it’s one of three films that tell the same story. Its companions are The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. Cool concept, right?

There were some great scenes featuring Chastain/Davis and Chastain/Hurt, but otherwise, I was bored. I found myself paying more attention to Chastain’s swell wardrobe and fantastic hair cut. [She was making me miss my red hair!]

Maybe I’ll enjoy The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him more? Maybe I would have liked Her if McAvoy had his Scottish accent? Or at least an English one? Alas, alack.


I recently re-watched The Accidental Tourist, starting Hurt and Geena Davis. I saw it at least a couple of times when I was a kid and became emotionally attached to the score by John Williams. I even learned some of it by ear and would play it on the piano. Anyhow, I digress. Back on track now!

While watching Eleanor Rigby: Her, I thought it was interesting to see Hurt playing the grieving grandfather rather than the grieving father. And then I thought, “I wish I was watching The Accidental Tourist instead!”


Verdict: Watch the first season of The Affair and The Accidental Tourist instead. Though I might soldier through Eleanor Rigby: Him because I quite like that McAvoy chap.