things of little relevance

November 30, 2009, 7:00 pm
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Chet Philips does these amazing literary pets illustrations. Some of my favorites from his etsy shop.

John Pupdike

Dorothy Purrker

Virginia Woof

An interview with Chet Philips over at Vol. 1 Brooklyn.


well this is rather anachronistic
November 29, 2009, 1:23 am
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premature regret
November 27, 2009, 7:29 pm
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Given the vast amount of work I have to finish before the end of next week, I probably won’t be able to go to either of these shows…

Corey Dargel at The Stone this Sunday. (I especially love Corey Dargel’s Other People’s Love Songs. Dargel wrote each song about an separate couple and the narratives contained in his lyrics are really sweet. Sorry, my sentimentality is showing.)

Kurt Vile at the Fader party at Brooklyn Bowl next Tuesday. I anticipate a lot of “Brooklyn rustic” types. (After some googling, I’m surprised, shocked even, that “Brooklyn rustic” has not caught wildfire yet and it is not the name of some bougie boutique.)

Then again, maybe I’ll throw responsibility to the wind! After all, neither of them are performing in New York in the near future.

November 23, 2009, 12:19 am
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Nerve sends a professor of medieval literature to a Twilight screening. Hilarity ensues.

I am a professor of medieval literature. To me vampires signify the dubious inventions of that literary half-talent Bram Stoker or the evil grandpa-looking Nosferatu of the golden age of German silent cinema. And though I live only in the deepest recesses of European libraries, I have been told that there is a contemporary tome called Twilight and that it has resulted in some sort of stateside cultural hub-bub. Under normal circumstances, attending the premier of a film intended for shrieking teen girls would be the equivalent of volunteering for the cinematic torture in A Clockwork Orange. But these are lean times, and the world’s foremost universities aren’t exactly clamoring for scholiasts of Chaucer. So here I am, a sturgeon decidedly out of its intellectual water, swimming amok in the mass psychosis that is midnight screening of the opening of New Moon.

First of all, if you are a heterosexual male who claims he can’t meet women, there is no reason on earth why you should have skipped the film’s premiere last night. Despite the late hour and pouring rain, a line of women — mostly in their late teens, twenties and thirties — stretched around the block. Four sold-out theaters full of estrogen and popcorn and excitement, oh my. Sometimes too much excitement. As the movie began and the title card slowly (very, very slowly) appeared on the screen, two drunk girls next to me decided to rabble-rouse.

To be completely honest…do you really want to date a woman who is crazy about Twilight? Maybe it’s the repressed culture snob in me, but I don’t want to be friends with anyone obsessed with the vampire franchise. Also, is there a male equivalent of Twilight?

This was not soft porn.
November 22, 2009, 10:42 pm
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Excerpts from the shortlist of the Bad Sex in fiction contest!

Apropos of that, an old article about the difficulties of writing a sex scene (SFW: It’s from The Telegraph, not Fleshbot.).

(I am also silently laughing at the girl taking photos of herself on Photobooth in Butler.)

neutralised language
November 21, 2009, 1:29 pm
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“Inappropriate” is “unacceptable.”

vanity of vanities
November 21, 2009, 12:06 pm
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The “Kepler” opera by Philip Glass—one of my favorite things I’ve seen this semester! Calling it an opera is slightly misleading, it was really just a Philip Glass concert. The libretto was not great. Maybe it’s a translation issue. When I saw Dr. Atomic last year, the libretto was also sub-par; I think basing a libretto on primary scientific documents is interesting in theory, but in practice…