If you’re like me, the long winter months (never mind that San Francisco is basically season-less) and that scary full moon at the end of March have you cultivating or recovering from your third(ish) existential crisis and planning to quit your job to go teach ESL in Thailand. But the good news is that it’s April; full-on springtime, rainy, pretty, warm, hopeful, and there’s all sorts of cool stuff happening in San Francisco and beyond. So while I still may move to Thailand, I’m going to wait till May at least so I can partake in all the creativity, celebration and excitement of the burgeoning springtime.
1. Anne Carson
First, Anne Carson is reading at Mills on April 10. The only way to put it is that Anne Carson is not of this Earth. I aim to be even just 1/26th as odd as her. She’s piercing and magical and I feel upended every time I read her work. Her newest, Red Doc> is shaping up to be perfect if the first 10 pages are any indicator. I'm not sure what's going on, but I think bulls are running around with their horns on fire. My goal is to finish by Wednesday so I have at least a fighting chance of understanding anything she says. Red Doc> is a follow-up of sorts to Autobiography of Red, Carson’s mythological verse novel, which is basically one of the best books ever and one I recommend to people I'm trying to impress. Read anything of hers to get yourself in a nice, other-worldly mood and then head over the bridge dreamily not knowing what to expect. In general, I think April is a good month to start reading out loud to each other more. Try this or this.
I love the particular type of anticipation born when an eccentric director’s new movie is coming out and this month we have three. From April 12 to April 18, Upstream Color is going to be playing at the Roxie. Shane Carruth’s first film, Primer, is an incredible time travel movie made for a measly $7,000 that needs like ten viewings to just partly grasp its philosophical intentions and only one viewing to grasp its utter awesomeness. Judging from the preview above we have some more inexplicable and creepy experiences in store for us. The less eccentric (but still, enough so to be interesting) Derek Cianfrance, of Blue Valentine fame, has a new movie, The Place Beyond the Pines, which seems like Drive with motorcycles. In other words: awesome. I don't need to say much else about this one except for Ryan Gosling & Eva Mendes 4ever. I'm going to see it tonight. Last but not least is Terrence Malick’s newest, To The Wonder, coming out April 12. I dare not say a thing before I see it and I c a n n o t wait. I’m so glad he isn’t waiting 20 years between movies anymore.