[Hunting is to Texans as dancing is to me.]
[Fun doesn’t require a bottle of Malibu rum.]
MTV, in their infinite wisdom, is venturing to remake Skins—a beloved television show from that cheeky country across the pond. When Tony Stonem and his merry gang of friends sauntered into my life last December their impact was immediate. “This,” I thought, “is the rightful heir of My So-Called-Life.”
I don’t begrudge MTV for bringing Skins to the U.S. They abandoned the pretense of “music television” a long time ago and at least this series includes actors and a script. However, I’m not sure if the show will translate. I saw the first preview of the MTV Skins a couple of months ago and was pretty horrified. The trailer featured, line-by-line, the first episode of the U.K. Skins‘ series opener only done up with American actors. I could go on and on about how British t.v. shows lose their zing on our side of the pond (I hope someone out there is re-considering the U.S.-version of Top Gear), how our t.v. censorship measures stifle all that is wonderful about the frankness of a show like Skins, etc.
But my main point of contention is the Americanized Tony Stonem, portrayed by James Newman. Not to jump to conclusions, especially since I’ve only seen him in a trailer, but Newman is no Nicholas Holt. Perhaps one of the most talented up-and-coming actors, Holt has delighted us over the years as Hugh Grant’s endearing pseudo-son in About a Boy and most recently as Colin Firth’s very tan and Ken-like pseudo-love interest in A Single Man. In season two of the U.K. Skins, Holt deftly replaces the charming and self-absorbed persona he had constructed for Stonem in the first season for a solemn and zombie-like shell of the pretty boy. It’s that kind of intensity mingled with wit and the so-called tediousness of adolescent life that MTV will most likely fail to depict.
I’m by no means a jock. Though, having grown up in a family of stellar soccer players, I always wanted to be athletic and perceived as athletic.
Well, I have officially been accepted into Teach For America (TFA)! I am so excited because I received my top preferences for everything: I will (tentatively) be teaching Middle School Math in San Antonio!
Stuff Austinites Like
(Austinite = Person from Austin)
Austinite bikers will drive you crazy with their bikes. One minute, they’re rolling with the big boys and the next, they’re hopping on the sidewalk to avoid traffic. They don’t have to pay for gas. They don’t have to pay for the bus. Many of them have baskets for groceries and carry things. They’ve got the best of both worlds. They’re getting killer legs from all that exercise. Go ahead. It’s natural to feel a little jealous.