Monday, May 31, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams, Jr., and so on. According to Cooper, Kris Kristofferson was so moved by the resemblance between Bad Blake and himself, he had to leave the screening to go compose himself.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
It's easy to understand why we don't weigh these public ramifications in our procreation decisions, but it doesn't make it right."
---Stephen Frears and Tamara Drewe
---Dan North and the Simpsons' trip to the moon
---the consequences of eating crap:
"A bit of historical context: The fast food industry was "revolutionized" and came to world dominance while Soviet communism was collapsing. And corn was the cornerstone of that revolution. In critiques of "our national eating disorder" that inspired the makers of King Corn, Michael Pollan observed: "If you take a McDonald's meal, you're eating corn . . . It holds together your McNuggets, it sweetens your soda pop, it fattens your meat . . . So when you're at McDonald's, you're eating Iowa food. Everything on your plate is corn." This is true of most fast foods and processed foods. One can begin to think about commercial U.S. culture as "corn-fed" in a broader sense: corn-fed culture has fueled the rise of a particular sort of American politics and economics during the "globalization" process. Vandana Shiva (1993) may describe the fast food empire as an imperialistic "monoculture." But for many U.S. citizens, the proliferation of McDonald's in Moscow and East Europe was proof of the "end of history" and a cause for triumphalist celebration. To be sure, McDonald's became a locus of considerable resistance: the French saw the proliferation of U.S. fast food chains as a threat to family farms and localized food cultures. But in a public sphere in which the interests of industrial food and American military might are often conflated, fast food franchises became a default symbol for freedom. American soldiers during the invasion of Iraq expressed dismay that the Iraqis had "nothing" in comparison to the liberating Americans, where even in the smallest of towns, fast food eateries were ubiquitous."
---The Breaking Winds cover Lady Gaga
---search results and recent changes in journalism
---Marilynne Robinson contemplates the mystery of consciousness
---lastly, Bellamy and Howard discuss Hitchcock's decidedly not minor To Catch a Thief
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
That showed up a lot in your new novel, Imperial Bedrooms.
There’s the character of Rain, obviously, who is willing to do anything to get a role in a film, but also there’s a part where Clay watches a video of the young actor who lived in his apartment before him, and he sees “the fake smile, the pleading eyes, the mirage of it all.” Do you encounter that kind of person in real life?
All the time.
And do they ask you for things?
Yeah. It’s Vegas here. It’s a gambler’s town. You come here and the odds are overwhelmingly against you, but you do it anyway. And you know what? I really think that—and I’ve said this before—but I think that LA forces you to become the person you really are. I don’t think LA is a place where you’re allowed to reinvent yourself. It absolutely isn’t. There’s an isolating quality to a life lived out here. I don’t care how many friends you have. I don’t care if you have a relationship. Whatever. It’s just an isolating city. You’re alone a lot. And I think it forces you to become the person you really are. It doesn’t allow you to hide. I think New York is a much easier place to kind of reinvent yourself. In LA, over time, the real person you are ultimately comes out, or else people can’t deal with that and they flee before it happens."
What ever happened to embarrassment? Why are an increasing number of us comfortable bringing our private activities - from personal hygiene to intimate conversation - into public view? Bernstein and others place some of the blame on the desensitization wrought by reality television and social networking sites like Facebook, both of which traffic in personal revelation. To be sure, television and Internet video sites such as YouTube have made all of us more comfortable in the role of everyday voyeurs. We watch others cook, work, shop, argue, sing, dance, stumble, and fall - all from a safe remove. The motley denizens of reality television regularly put themselves into questionable and embarrassing situations so that they can later discuss, for our viewing enjoyment, how questionable and embarrassing their conduct was. If we are less easily embarrassed, it must be in part from vicariously experiencing so much manufactured embarrassment on the screen."
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Thursday, May 6, 2010
He told the Times:You can look around and examine the details and pick up a handful of sand on the beach. I never particularly found a limit to that; that is to say, that while in that state your brain can fill in all that reality.I tried to work that idea of manipulation and management of a conscious dream being a skill that these people have. Really the script is based on those common, very basic experiences and concepts, and where can those take you? And the only outlandish idea that the film presents, really, is the existence of a technology that allows you to enter and share the same dream as someone else."