Monday, June 25, 2012

The Ask - Sam Lipsyte


"When Milo loses his job, then gets a chance to have it back if he can reel in a big fish — a major gift from an old college friend who’s now a Machiavellian tech millionaire — he starts down a grim and spiraling path. Manipulated and degraded by the millionaire, Purdy; frozen out by his quite friendly yet unapologetically adulterous wife, Maura; even disrespected by his penis-obsessed preschooler, Milo thrashes around trying to stay afloat while he luxuriates in his growing despair and resentment. To make matters worse, Purdy has an illegitimate son, Don — a viciously angry Iraq war amputee — who turns out to be Milo’s homework: to get the donation, Milo has to keep tabs on Don and funnel hush money his way." (NY Times)


Beirut - The Rip Tide


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Supremes - "Where Did Our Love Go?"

But is it boring? No.

‘I Just Want to Feel Everything’: Hiding Out With Fiona Apple, Musical Hermit

"She pulled out the piece of hotel stationery “that’s gonna make me look crazy.” She hesitated and said she couldn’t understand why she was so nervous. I interrupted to say I was nervous too. For the first time, she looked at me. Her eyes were huge and green, like mint chocolate chip when it melts. “That’s very” — she laughed — “mirror neuronal of you.” I asked what mirror neurons were. She said they’re what “make you feel empathy.” Here, she began reading rapidly, furiously, from the small piece of paper:" (NY Mag)

But is it boring? No. 

Food Is The New Rock Episode 2 w/ David Chang & Peter Meehan

"The only good thing about Yoko Ono was 'Oh Yoko!'" 

"Aw, man. I'm a, I'm a Yoko Ono fan." 

 "Aww, man? Really? I'd always get bummed out when I saw her eat at Honmura An, and she'd eat soba there and I'd be like, 'Fucking...that's fucking Yoko Ono.'" 

 "Yoko Ono ruuuules!"  

But is it boring? No.

Bon Iver - Beth/Rest (iTunes session)

But is it boring? No.

Twin Shadow - Five Seconds


But is it boring? Yes.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Cat Marnell on Jane Pratt, Her Book, and Splitting From

"Well, I’m a pillhead, and I had some medication run out, and I couldn’t sleep. That was Thursday, and I’m supposed to write four times a week, and I’d already done that. Most of the time I couldn’t even make that, but I did then, so I didn’t go in on Friday. Then I used drugs heavily that weekend, which was my choice, whatever, I party. And I had forgotten my phone at the office by mistake, but I didn’t even care. And then the Internet got turned off in my apartment, and because I didn’t even have a phone I couldn’t turn the Internet on, and I had no way of getting ahold of anyone. And then I got sort of depressed, as pillheads are wont to do. And put up my blackout curtains and just went to bed for a week. I didn’t call them [my co-workers at], didn’t tweet, didn’t do anything." - NY Mag

But is it boring? No.

Moonrise Kingdom (2012) dir. Wes Anderson

"This is an evocation of young love in a more innocent America: a charming, beautifully wrought, if somehow depthless film; heartfelt and thought through to the tiniest, quirkiest detail in classic Anderson style. There are the familiar rectilinear shots and compositions with letters and drawings suddenly filling the screen like courtroom exhibits." (The Guardian)

But is it boring? No.

TV’s Best Talker: Aaron Sorkin on The Newsroom, Sorkinism, and Sounding Smart

"Oftentimes, I write about people who are smarter than I am and know more than I do, and I am able to do that simply by being tutored almost phonetically, sometimes. I’m used to it. I grew up surrounded by people who are smarter than I am, and I like the sound of intelligence. I can imitate that sound, but it’s not organic. It’s not intelligence. It’s my phonetic ability to imitate the sound of intelligence." - NY Mag

But is it boring? No.