Reasons To Be Cheerful, Pt. 2

Quote of the Day: ” Keepin’ your head above water/Making a wave when you can…” — Good Times theme song

Last November I did an entry called “Reasons to be Cheerful, Pt. 1″…Thought I’d revisit that theme, as things seem to be going fairly well, even if it is just about 100 degrees outside and I won’t be in Oakland til August and I’m starting a new book and…well, you get the idea…sometimes you have to appreciate the great things. Here’s to the great things in your life; maybe we share some reasons to be cheerful…

• My Beyonce cover story in GIANT magazine.
• My Yanks…half a game outta first place…enuf said.
Shadowboxer. The new film by Lee Daniels, starring Helen Mirren and Cuba Gooding, Jr., which features the greatest performance you’ll ever see Mo’Nique give. No fucking lie. A royal, at times brilliant, mindfuck of a movie, seriously like nothing you’ve ever seen before…call me after you see it so we can go have a drink and talk about it…(I’ve been waiting to write that last sentence since late last year!)


• The single of the year: “Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley. Smart, funny, edgy, nerdy-cool, ol-skool & new…It’s lingered in my brain since I first heard it up at Atlantic Records months ago and still I can’t get enuf of it… I know that if I play the song one more time,my iPod is probably going to toss itself out of my pocket and do a full-scale, play-something-new-already fit on the streets of NYC.
HUNG coming out in paperback in September—tell all your friends who didn’t buy it in hardcover (and a big fat thank you to all of them who did)
• Living on the Upper West Side. Back where I belong. Big-ups to the kids who remember the lazy, hazy, crazy days of 96th and West End…
• Ipeleng, for helping me to re-discover Uncanny Alliance’s sublimely funny “I Got My Education”


Big Brother 7: The All Star Edition…Kaysar and Janelle are back…Go Season Sixers…Y’all got my vote. P.S. I don’t know why anyone’s stressing Howie’s man crush on Dr. Will…wasn’t Howie the main one trying to look at the black dude’s “chocolate pee-pee” last season????
• A TV pilot season that’s rare in it’s fabulousness—look out for three particularly hot shows this year: ABC’s Six Degrees, Betty the Ugly, and CBS’s Smith
Project Runway’s back in full effect…don’t know who I’m rooting for yet, this is my first full season, but I’m hooked, no doubt.
Finally figuring out a title for my new novel
Shining City—one of the most fascinating, haunting, and best-acted, plays I’ve seen on Broadway in a looong time.
• My planned trip out to Oakland in August. Shouldn’t every place on the planet be that lovely and fun?
Carr’s Ginger Lemon Crème tea cookies
• My upcoming interview with Janet Jackson
• The music, beauty and elegant song stylings of Lizz Wright…big ups to JMF…


• Reruns of The Jeffersons and Good Times late at night on Channel 11, when I should be working instead of watching TV.
• That big beautiful collection of Joan Didion’s writing coming soon from Knopf.
• The September release of The Winter of Frankie Machine , the new novel by Don Winslow (If you love laugh-out-loud thrillers and you haven’t ever read The Death and Life of Bobby Z. , go do so today. Please. You’ll thank me.)
• Dishes on 45th Street. Good hot food. Great salad bar. The funniest cashier staff on the East side of Manhattan. So fresh, so good—the staff and the food…
• A nice dog named Faye, the wonderfully chatty canine who reigns supreme on Adelphi Street in Fort Greene
• Michael Connelly’s The Lincoln Lawyer: Believe the hype.

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