She has a collection of musical instruments, including a ukelele, maracas and a few keyboards/synths... every now and then I hear she crafting lovely melodies in her bedroom.
She has a great collection of books on feminism and gender bender culture.
In 2012, she'll be showcasing her dancing skills on a remake of Kate Bush's 'Wuthering Heights' iconic video and her cat - Amora - will be THE viral cat of the Internet.
The idea for this special came from her. She has a blog that I think she should write more.
TOP 5 POP CULTURE ITEMS OF 2011 ACCORDING TO FERNANDA
1. ANOTHER EARTH, by Mike Cahill and THE FUTURE, by Miranda July – whatever, I’m quoting: “Reality is always formative. It is not a mere ‘here’ and ‘now’... reality is always a process of actualization of potentialities. It is no less ‘real’ or ‘objective’ in terms of what it could be... [than in terms of] what it is at any given moment.” Murray Bookchin said that, and that’s it: these are films that find their narratives in the potentiality of things.
2. KALINDA SHARMA, from the Good Wife – I had never watched The Good Wife until this year. I made up for it by watching all of its two first seasons in less than a month. It’s OK. Actually it’s pretty smart and nuanced. But the best thing about it is Kalinda, a laconic, bisexual, badass investigator with leather boots and a very idiosyncratic scale of values. Addictive.
4. THE HONEY BADGER video – surely by now everyone and their mom watched this video and might be sick of it. But I don’t care (I don’t give a shit), because it’s brilliant, and because pretty much all of its sentences became part of our vernacular at home.
5. GIRLS TO THE FRONT - THE TRUE STORY OF THE RIO GRRRL REVOLUTION, by SARA MARCUS – this is actually from last year, but it was the very first book I read this year. It chronicles the stories of a lot of bands I liked, especially as a teenager. But to call it a chronicle makes it sound like it’s just history and, well, it is, but I also felt incredibly inspired and moved by this book. Moved as in the verb, to move. It made me want to do stuff, anything really.
But since this blog is about music, here you go: my top 30 songs (in alphabetical order)
1 BRAVE IRENE NO FUN
2 CRYSTAL STILTS RADIANT DOOR / FLYING INTO THE SUN
3 DIRTY GOLD NORTH
4 EGIL OLSEN DO IT YOURSELF
5 FAN MODINE MEET ME AT THE END OF THE LINE
6 FRENCH FILMS CONVICT / ESCAPE IN THE AFTERNOON
7 GENERATIONALS GOOSE & GANDER
8 GIRLS HONEY BUNNY
9 GIRLS NAMES I COULD DIE
10 GOLD-BEARS ARE YOU FALLIN IN LOVE?
11 HEART-SICK GROANS SURFER FRIEND
12 HUNX AND HIS PUNX KEEP AWAY FROM JOHNNY
13 IS TROPICAL LAND OF THE NOD
14 KAKKMADDAFAKKA DRØ SØ
15 KATE BUSH WUTHERING HEIGHTS (OK, an exception – not exactly released in 2011. But I’m obsessed with it!)
16 KIDS ON A CRIME SPREE DEAD RIPE / SWEET TOOTH
17 LCD SOUNDSYSTEM ALL I WANT (LONDON SESSIONS)
18 LA BIEN QUERIDA QUERIDOS TAMARINDOS
19 LADY GAGA BORN THIS WAY
20 LITTLE JUNGLES DRIVE YERSELF CRAZY
21 MATES OF STATE BASEMENT MONEY
22 THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART BELONG
23 PALMS ON FIRE BIRDS IN A SUPERMARKET
24 SASKATCHEWAN DREAMBOAT
25 SEAPONY GO AWAY
26 THE STROKES UNDER COVER OF DARKNESS
27 TENNIS LONG BOAT PASS / MARATHON
28 TUNE-YARDS POWA
29 THE WAVE PICTURES LITTLE SURPRISE
30 THE VANDELLES GET AROUND / MY TIME