Weekly Obsessions

Things we were obsessing about on March 30, 2005

Until our favorite scene in David Lynch's Mulholland Drive was spoiled by a peculiar blur over the nether regions of Naomi Watts, our (admittedly flimsy) excuses for Blockbuster patronage kept our conscience at bay: It's close to our house, and the (admittedly flimsy) promise heralding "End of Late Fees" is good for our tardy return habits. But the prudish distortion got a rise out of us, and we opted to trek the few extra blocks to Lost Weekend. There, we picked up an unedited copy of Mulhollandwhile swaying to their jukebox selection of Talking Heads, Sinatra, and Flamingos 45s. But while checking out we found the store's overriding extra: 1-inch badge buttons of B-list actresses made by local artist Mary Forde. Next to a jelly jar requesting "$1 or something in here please," we dug through the tiny tributes to Ruth Gordon, Debra Winger, and Barbara Harris. We got our hopes up when we found other Lynch vixens like Patricia Arquette and Laura Dern. But, sadly, there was no Naomi Watts. At least we got to see her, unblurred, in the film. N.C.

The flier at the bus stop caught our eye: "Fast Passes needed for art project." Hey, we have 10 years' worth in a box at home, we thought; surely this guy would be blown away to have them, right? Turns out our obsessive collection is a collective obsession: At least 150 people have donated Fast Passes to artist John Kuzich (www.kuzich.com/muni-art), who's making a 28-foot-long collage of what he expects will be 2,880 of them. One person gave him 28 years' worth, another 30. Why keep old Fast Passes? Maybe they seem too pretty to throw away, or they remind us of another time. Or maybe we're just too cheap to collect something more valuable. K.Z.

 
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