This weekend, I finally saw Garden State. I have to say, I really liked it: but I also want to watch it again, because it seems like the kind of movie that is different the second time you see it. I really liked Natalie Portman. A reviewer from one of my magazines (EW, probably?) made the connection between her role in this movie and the one she played in Beautiful Girls, i.e. the quirky pretty girl that a guy meets when he goes home to face his past. Interesting connection. True double feature potential. Don’t you LOVE that?

Speaking of DVDs to love, I was reading Newsweek last night (doesn’t that sound so intellectual? I had just finished my Us Weekly, if truth be told, but whatever) and they had an article about how After School Specials are now available on DVD. To which I said: Shut UP! I can’t believe it. I know I am seriously dating myself here, but when I was a kid After School Specials ruled. They were all cautionary tales, life lessons, about not doing drugs, or getting pregnant, or cheating at school. I will be ordering one of these seasons, don’t think I won’t. Remember the one where Helen Hunt jumped out of a window, high on PCP? Yeah, me too. Plus you know there will be some serious 70s fashions and haircuts. Can’t wait!

And speaking of school, a question. I get a lot of emails about school projects, and I’m always so flattered, I can’t even tell you. Unfortunately, due to demand, and the fact that there are only so many hours in a day, I’m not able to answer individual questions for reports. This is why I have the website, with the bios and the FAQs and the links and, of course, this journal, which, if you can stand to read it, really reveals everything you would ever want to know about me, as well as lots of things you probably don’t. But I digress. Anyway, lately, I’ve been getting letters and emails from people doing school projects that say if I DID write back, they’d get extra credit.

This seems kind of weird to me: I’m wondering if maybe I’m not understanding something? I mean, I feel like extra credit should be something you can do to go that extra mile, work a little harder, not something as arbitrary as whether a stranger responds to an email. It seems somewhat unfair, but again, maybe I’m not getting the entire concept? Are any teachers reading this who give extra credit for such things? Can you explain? I’d be much appreciative. Thanks!

Now, I’m off to enjoy the last couple of days before my school semester begins in earnest. There’s so much to do: pencils to sharpen, papers to organize, syllabi to put together. Oh, who am I kidding, I’m just going to watch Garden State and read magazines. Yesss!

Have a good day everyone!