About a month ago, I tagged along during a video shoot of a Powerline mashup from Disney’s A Goofy Movie. I took some behind-the-scene shots during filming of musicians Tevin Campbell (original voice of Powerline), Ryan Foglesong (Guitar), Wil Pearce (Guitar), and David Zimmer (Percussion). I love live music, intimate settings, and acoustic jam sessions. Plus, I had […]
On Monday, I was invited to a press screening of Pete’s Dragon on behalf of DisneyExaminer at Walt Disney Studios. The movie was sweet and well-directed with a fantastic soundtrack. Afterwards, I was able to walk around the lot and explore the historic buildings, grab a bite at the Buena Vista cafe, and shop at […]
My name is Michelle and I have a bad habit and the first step to breaking a bad habit is admitting it. So, here goes:
I don’t finish books.
Now, it’s not that I can’t finish a book. It’s that I’m quick to give up on a book if it doesn’t immediately grab me. Or, in the midst of reading one book, I’ll start a new one. It’s no surprise that I’m currently juggling two titles–Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe and Gone Girl.
John Green once wrote, “Books are the ultimate Dumpees; put them down and they’ll wait for you forever; pay attention to them and they always love you back.” There’s no sadder or more guilt-inducing sight than seeing an unfinished book on your bookshelf collecting dust, waiting for you to turn its pages.
There’s no sadder or more guilt-inducing sight that seeing an unfinished book on your bookshelf collecting dust, waiting for you to turn its pages.
As a reader, I suppose I have a sense of entitlement. How many times have I sat through a book only to turn to the last page feeling unsatisfied? No one who has seen Silver Linings Playbook can forget Bradley Cooper angrily chucking an Ernest Hemingway novel out of his bedroom window after reading the ending. (At least he finished the book, though.)
Why invest time in a book if it doesn’t appeal to me from the beginning? Reading a book is an investment. It’s not like watching a movie and you’re done after 1-2 hours. Reading is an active task.
However, books can grow on you and even surprise you. Even a really bad book has its moments.
Who knows, maybe the book I’ve left on the bookshelf for days, weeks, and even years is my next favorite book. I’ll let you know when I finish it.
This past Tuesday, Griz and I went to Disneyland after being blocked all summer (SoCal Select problems). It was Griz’s first time seeing the new Diamond Celebration nighttime shows and our first time riding Radiator Springs Racers. I decided to bring my sister’s camera along… and this is the result! Another Disney day for the […]
What I love most about the summer are the long days that never seem to end, and the feeling of the hot sun on my back. I’ll miss all the beach days–blasting reggae music while lying on the sand and wading in the Pacific during golden hour. Although, I won’t complain about getting to wear black more often.
Smoke rising from grills of the most inviting aromas, stark spotlights strategically placed on various signs advertising both familiar and novel items, and crowds gathering around their favorite stand, skewers and paper trays of food in hand. “Welcome to your night market.” This past weekend, 626 Night Market held their 2nd flagship event at Santa […]
Author’s Note I wrote this piece during my last quarter at UCI for Amy Wilentz’ Cultural Narratives workshop. I followed one Muay Thai kickboxing gym right in my own neighborhood in La Puente. – Michelle Pagaran —————————————— It was either going to be IHOP or Denny’s. Ritchie Sandoval wakes up the morning of his fight […]