Thursday, August 31, 2006
Where I live, at least four Thai restaurants operate. I don't know if any feature luk chup. If not, they should.
Sunday, August 27, 2006
Now my interest is piqued! Not only does Magsampler offer scores, if not hundreds, of titles famous and obscure for only $2.59 apiece, many of the magazines are reviewed. Magazine reviewing is direly underpracticed (I've tried to review some titles for MaggieMedia--now on hiatus--but other things took up my time.) I've never before heard of y'all: The Magazine of Southern People or American Book Review, but thanks to today's perusal of Magsampler, now I have.
But I have to see about Nonviolent Activist. It turns out its sponsoring organization, the War Resisters League, has
just replaced NA with a resurrected WIN. I next check out Peace Magazine and Alternative Press Review.
SPR has reviews of some poetry blogs, especially Michael P. Garofalo's and Dan Weber's, on concrete poetry. As defined in artlex.com, concrete poetry relies mainly on layout and typography, which are two of my favorite things.
Also reviewed is Home Planet News issue 54.
All in all, some great examples of how one thing leads to another.
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Monday, August 21, 2006
Friday, August 18, 2006
August 23 update: I moved "Retired Links" to the end of the Links list.
August 31 update: I retired the Chesterton quotation: "Journalism largely consists in saying 'Lord Jones Dead' to people who never knew Lord Jones was alive.--- G. K. Chesterton, ''The Purple Wig in The Wisdom of Father Brown'' (1914) (via Wikiquote)
Thursday, August 17, 2006
Normally my policy is to discourage young talent (they only get in the
way), but I make an exception for Emily Gordon, who has the elegant taste of
someone from a more refined era, when the cocktails and conversation rapturously
flowed, and a piano tinkled in the background. So the Algonquin was the perfect
setting for drinks and gab, the waiters emerging like Henry James ghosts from
the dark polished wood in the lobby. At one point she alerted me to a site
called The Comics Curmudgeon, devoted to the explication, appreciation, and cheerful desecration of daily comic strips that continue to drift in their own strange perpetual purgatory, like Gasoline Alley and Mary Worth. Now that I've found it, I can't believe I haven't tumbled over Comics Curmudgeon before, given my own low-grade obsession with For Better or Worse and fascinatingly unfunny and badly scrawled strips like Girls and Sports and One Big Happy.
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Saturday, August 12, 2006
as the estrus-provoking Duke, Channing Tatum’s casting proves radical. His
resemblance to feral Stephane Rideau, the ambivalent, sexually alluring star of
Andre Techine’s seminal Wild Reeds, helps connect She’s the Man to the finest
film ever made about adolescent maturity.
while Phillip Stephens of Pajiba says:
Step Up begins with Tyler Gage (Channing Tatum), a violently unappealing
mongoloid who might be the bastard progeniture of Josh Hartnett and a Marine
Ellis's alternate reality stretches out much farther than just himself. InFortunately, nothing like the aforementioned has happened (in America, at least) since 9/11, but airport security has been ramped up more than it's been in a while.
Lunar Park, he imagines a world where terrorists stage not only big attacks on
familiar or important landmarks, but also in "...crowded Burger Kings and Starbucks and Wal-Marts and in subways at rush hour".
Ellis's apocalyptic vision continues: "Miles of major cities had been cordoned off behind barbed wire, and morning newspapers ran aerial photographs of bombed-out buildings on the front page, showing piles of tangled bodies in the shadow of the
crane lifting slabs of scorched concrete. More and more often there were 'no
survivors'. Bulletproof vests were on sale everywhere, because scores of snipers had suddenly appeared; the military police stationed on every corner offered no solace, and surveillance camera proved useless."