Things learned during Thanksgiving
Post Grad asks the audience to believe that Alexis Bledel is the spawn of Jane Lynch + Michael Keaton. There are a lot of movies playing on cable all day, every day. You really don’t want to watch any of them. More reliable art can be found in a book. Happy hour at P.F. Chang’s can’t turn Burlesque into the bad movie you want to love. It’s just bad, and not fun bad.
Today’s vibes: Smashing Pumpkins, “1979.” Is there a better video about slacker teens and their wild freedom? Does Billy Corgan look like a Giant Baby in a turtleneck in the backseat? Other videos with this vibe: Sonic Youth, “100%,” The Arcade Fire, “The Suburbs.” What do those videos have in common? They’re both directed by Spike Jonze. Katy...
The thing about The Departed, the x-factor that people can’t quite put their...– Epic, fascinating (at least to me) interview with William Monahan, screenwriter of The Departed. He also was a former editor for Spy Magazine, too. He has a lot to say about Boston, class, and the English and I think he’s onto something. Despite Monahan’s criticisms, I think The Friends...
Fuck paradise! Fuck that damn paradise! Olimpico was an oasis. In the heart of...– Sean Michaels writing about what happened when the wonderful Cafe Olympico (truly a community center; whenever I’ve gone to Montreal I’ve been so impressed at the way people gather and chat here, petting dogs and kissing babies, on this truly lovely street) got… or at least was in...
Shteyngart says the first thing that happened when he bought an iPhone “was that...– N + 1, “Sad as Hell,” by Alice Gregory. I really liked this piece. Goes well, I guess, with general modes of politeness in a smartphone age ambivalence that I talked about yesterday. I also enjoyed how straightforwardly written the piece was; often, N + 1 essays can just sound like...
Mildly frustrated thoughts
Consider these “blind” items: 1) It is frustrating to receive missives from people who don’t take the two seconds required to get your name right. I say this as an “Elisabeth-with-an-s” but also someone who has a name, and is not Generic Title, either. It requires a minimal amount of time. 2) Particularly after a round of having to think “everything here is the...