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“Let’s not forget ourselves good friend…”

15 Nov

As I reflect on my younger and gasoline-driven days, I realized I miss the sound of Los Angeles. Case in point: Rilo Kiley.

In my opinion, Rilo Kiley has to be one of the best Indie bands to come out of Los Angeles. Jenny Lewis has a soft, remarkable voice, but can turn passionate as she tells a story. One of my favorite Rilo Kiley songs has to be “Does He Love You,” where Lewis tells the story of love, an unhappy marriage, and an affair. Lewis and her bandmate Blake Sennett write the song in dramatic, melancholy fashion, with lyrics like:

Let’s not forget ourselves good friend

I am flawed if I’m not free

And your husband will never leave you

He will never leave you for me.

Such emotion. I love it.

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We Know What You Did, Dr. Brooke Magnanti

15 Nov

The thing I like (and sometimes dislike) about London is anonymity. Like any big city I’ve encountered, I’m just a face in the crowd. At least if something humiliating happens to me in a public place, I can just walk away–and maybe write a blog about it using a pen name.

But what happens when the pleasure of anonymity ends?

Well if you’re Belle de Jour, the party’s over. Now we can put a name to a pseudonym. Belle de Jour, the doctoral student known the world over for her anonymous blog of entering the world’s oldest profession and whoring her way to her degree, has been revealed to be none other than an obscure research scientist working in Bristol. Dr. Brooke Magnanti, the prostitute turned scientist, unmasked herself in The Sunday Times this week–and she doesn’t look like anywhere near close to Billie Piper’s portrayal in the ITV2 (Showtime in the U.S.) series, “Secret Diary of a Call Girl.”

I’ve enjoyed reading her blog in book form until my mother lost it somewhere in the house. I look forward to enjoying what will happen next to her writing now that she cannot hide her identity from the public…though I’m not sure if her years as a scientist will be anything interesting. I can imagine in the next series of “Secret Diary” if she has afterthoughts while doing research. Hmmmm….