Motivational speaker and personal improvement expert Jaya Vinar is out of control--or so people keep telling her. When her boss pairs her with a handsome personal consultant, things get even more out of control. She wants to scare him off, he wants her in his bed. Only one can win. And neither is exactly who they’re pretending to be.
Sometimes wild, and rocky, starts lead to even wilder, and happier, endings.
Now I know what I'd look like if I had a beard. Not too bad, right? Ha ha. I was so fascinated by this alternate appearance, I made a video of myself speaking like the guy I thought I looked like. That wasn't enough, so I posted it on my Instagram account. Curious? Look at my posts from December 4. I hope it makes you laugh. I laughed at myself a lot more than I probably should have.
My Instagram is @isabelledrake...same as Twitter. On Snapchat I'm @isadrake. Follow me, I'll follow you back!
Apparently, this has been a month for silliness.
You'll see below a promo video clip. A year or so ago, I was interviewed for a documentary on Detroit's early punk scene. I was a scene kid back then, and so was asked to talk about my experiences. The film came out January 1. As part of the promo, the director made this silly clip of me talking about my thoughts back then...back when I was 15. Tucked into the fun is my real name reveal. Which, as many of you know, has never been a secret.
From the scholarship side of the house
On Jaws, the first blockbuster summer film
About a year ago, I got the opportunity to submit a paper for a JAWS anniversary anthology. The 'call for papers' asked for works that celebrated the many spects of the ground-breaking, memorable film. I decided to analyze the narrative structure of the film. I started with a discussion of the collaborative film script-writing process then moved into an exploration of the differences between the book and film. Toward the end, in the summary and conclusion, I offered an analysis of why the film struck of chord then and still does now.
Here's a snippet from my paper's summary:
The oppression by the Amity leaders creates tension as well as a timely connection to the audience. The symbolic oppression of the dominating master narrative is one of the reasons for the film’s initial success as well as one of the reasons for its continued success. Jaws is a product of its times. In 1979, only four years after the release of the film, Jean-François Lyotard’s The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge, offered a current analysis on the connection between knowledge and humanity. Lyotard expressed an emerging perspective on the legitimation of knowledge. He writes of “…two major versions of the narrative of legitimation. One is more political, the other more philosophical…The subject of the first is humanity as the hero of liberty” (31). Lyotard laments that when access to scientific knowledge is limited due to a legitimation process that controls the narrative, “The humanist principle that humanity rises up in dignity and freedom through knowledge is left by the wayside” (34). In this way, knowledge and the discourse of knowledge is exclusive and controlled.
Add all ingredients into a shaker and dry-shake (without ice) until frothy.
Add ice and shake again until well-chilled.
Strain into a cocktail glass.
Garnish with a sprinkle of ground cayenne.
*Ginger syrup: Bring 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water to boil in small saucepan. Add 4 oz peeled ginger cut into thin rounds (about a 10-inch long piece). Remove from heat and allow to steep for 30 minutes, then strain out solids. Store in refrigerator up to several weeks.