Saturday, November 22, 2008

Synecdoche, New Yorker

"The seller is extremely motivated."

That was a caption contest winner, right?

There's a rather similar image, accompanied by a very similar line, in the very eh Synecdoche, NY. I should have read the Lane review. Or heeded other signs, of which there were plenty.

Friday, November 21, 2008

what we're reading

Brando in the bathroom, pyschopaths in the living room.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

i think my subscription has lapsed

Remember that cover? For the record, I didn't think it was funny.

It bothered me that so much of the defense of the cover insisted that you just had to take the cover in context - you had to know this and the other and then it was funny. Well, there were contexts in which it was not funny - if you knew this, that and some other other - and those contexts seemed just as important.

Also, I hated the teacherly position that so many folks took, explaining satire. I know what satire is, and I know when it is a useful political rhetoric.

What else is new? Oh, they've got Emily Gordon tied up in a basement (with internet access) over at Emdashes, and now Martin Schneider, Benjamin Chambers and the mad cartoonist are running the show. Link to a recent Gladwell thing that may be of interest.

Red Sex, Blue Sex was a little slight. We wanted more. Sex. Or more talk about not having sex.

And Herzberg's Karl the Marxist punchline awhile back just killed me! Ha! Ha!