Check out the animated show Bat out of Hell on YouTube!

All the Light We Cannot See

I’m about halfway through this book and decided to read a bit more about the author, Anthony Doerr. Have any of you read this yet? I’m quite enjoying it so far. And look what I came across in this interview:

My goal might be only to shine a feeble light on some neglected corner of the world, or history, but ultimately my goal is to help us all appreciate the grandeur of this incredibly old and marvelous situation we’ve lucked into it, and that’s a political motivation. It’s the hope that through art we can be awakened; we can be shown the world with new eyes. I’m more interested in what Percy Walker called “the search” in The Moviegoer, that quest for authenticity that his protagonist Binx goes on.“The search,” Binx says, “is what anyone would undertake if he were not sunk in the everydayness of his own life… To become aware of the possibility of the search is to be onto something. Not to be onto something is despair.” That’s what fiction writing does for me; it helps me feel like I’m onto something, even if I’m fumbling after it, even if I know I can never really grab hold of it.
I’m fumbling with ideas here that I can’t fully articulate, but that, I think, is the real responsibility for a literary writer; to strive toward complexity, toward questions, and away from certainty, away from stereotype.

I’m going to assume “Percy Walker” was a transcription error…

If Walker Percy Had Kittens

Dots and Spots

“Mom, when I was playing with the kittens, I was thinking that the brain is the engine of their Selfs.”

– Expat Minor, Age 6
Recipient of Kittens

At The Jesuit Post – “You Will Become Catholic”

This popped up in my Twitter feed today via Michael B. Dougherty (who is a reason to not un-join Twitter):

It is a Friday in Lent and you have been fasting all day to be in solidarity with Guatemalans and now you hate Guatemalans. Your wife is away, the house is empty. You wander into your younger daughter’s room. She long ago took down all the old posters and pictures. The walls are nearly bare. This happens to be a time in your life when the faith you once held so easily seems to be, not totally lost, just empty. The God whose presence was once felt is now just an idea “assented to”. Truthfully, it hurts. Does it hurt as much as if, say, you lost your mortgage? Who knows? But it does hurt, more than you let on to yourself. It makes everything dark.

You Will Become Catholic

Checking in

image

Covington, LA, although this is probably not THE Waffle House. This one is down the street from the Courtyard by Marriott. Still, a suitable location for our Gulf region HQ.

Action Item for Summer

image

Un-American

“We take no joy in this, but the board felt it was the right thing to do,” Mayer said in the statement.  “Dov Charney created American Apparel, but the company has grown much larger than any one individual and we are confident that its greatest days are still ahead.”

When reached by phone by a Times reporter, Charney hung up.

American Apparel ousts Dov Charney ‘for cause,’ cites misconduct investigation

I was going to then link to the New York magazine article about Terry Richardson, but I care about you too much to subject you to it, except maybe for this sentence about his assistant:

The day before, she’d had a shamanic cleansing and had been told not to touch anyone for a couple of days, lest she leak bad energy.

Unconscionable Non-Crediting

Unchained

Ms. Thomas said that she hadn’t spoken about conscious uncoupling directly with Dr. Sami or Dr. Sadeghi, but that he used to be her holistic doctor and that he texts her about every three months or so to say, “He loves what I’m doing.” She added her book is “prominently displayed on the coffee tables in their waiting rooms.”

Ms. Thomas sent him a text after she saw the letter on Goop, she said. “I was trying to tell him in a friendly way that it doesn’t bode well for him that he didn’t credit me. That we as professionals and teachers, we take care of each other, we are very respectful of each other’s products and our creations.”

Comment fun time: Create your own euphemism in the hopes that it may one day be appropriated by a holistic doctor to the stars, which would allow us to file suit, so as to amass funds to be used towards sprucing up the break room and maybe getting a couple of company cars.

We Continue to Monitor the Situation

image

Happy New Year, y’all.

12/12 on 5-7-5

I don’t want to sound

like a badass but I scored

100 on this.

QUIZ: Can You Tell The Difference Between Famous Poetry And Poetry By 4th-Graders?

Please, let’s all start saving for 2015

Everyone, keep safe from murderous drifters for the next two years at least so we can ALL be in NOLA for Conference 3: Dear God, Please Let This Happen, Don’t Let Me Have Missed My Last Chance, We Can Go Even Without a Conference, Y’all, Please.

Also, we were supposed to go to that restaurant from Garden and Gun.

Local Promotional Tour for Surfing with Mel

Surfing with MelI have it on good authority that if you pay all his expenses, you, too, can have the publisher hand-deliver a copy. Or you can just preorder Surfing with Mel online.

Slimed

Slimed! traffics in the R-rated behind-the-scenes shenanigans at the children’s network. “It was like being in a fraternity,” Summers explained as we watched a toddler clamber through a gaping mouth. “It was a bunch of grown-ups doing a kids’ show with zero supervision.” The game show filmed in Philadelphia, on the cheap and away from executives’ watchful eyes, and apparently many things took place on the sly. “One day — and I won’t mention names — I asked someone, ‘Why isn’t this girl at the studio?’ And they said, ‘Uh, I can’t tell ya,’ and I said, ‘tell me,’ and he said, ‘She’s getting an abortion. So-and-so knocked her up.’” Summers shot me a conspiratorial grin. “It was the eighties, you know? There might have been a little experimentation going on there.”

I feel like maybe he shouldn’t have referred to her as a “girl,” just to make it slightly less creepy a conspiracy. Or is he actually referring to one of the teenagers on a Nickelodeon show?(From Catching Up With Marc Summers)

It Takes a Man to Suffer Ignorance and Smile

From my Celebrity News Beat, the details of Patrick Stewart and Sunny Ozell’s wedding:

One of Stewart and Ozell’s favorite moments was when Ozell’s maid of honor, Jillian LaVinka (with whom Ozell waitressed at Brooklyn’s artisanal pizza staple, Franny’s), got up to do a reading. She had a large Bible in her hand, and the secular-leaning audience let out a heavy sigh. But in the middle of the Bible’s pages, LaVinka had pasted a sheet of selected lyrics from classic rock songs that she proceeded to read, including a bit from Sting’s “Englishman in New York.”

Discuss: What lyrics from “Englishman in New York” would you read at such a wedding? You know, a real urbane audience, none of your Bible-thumpers.

Woman Whiles Away Life Monitoring Korrektiv Comment Boxes

Danielle from Anthony Cerniello on Vimeo.

Learn more about how filmmaker Anthony Cerniello composed this short film.

The 20 Best Cities for 20-Somethings | Greatist

This list is not relevant to my chosen age-based lifestyle, but I wanted to point out the glaring omission of Lost Cove, TN.

http://greatist.com/health/20-best-cities-20-somethings

40 Days of Dating

Don’t start reading this if you don’t plan to spend a lot of time reading all of the entries and marveling at the amount of therapy involved.

What do you do when you’re tired of the prospect of dating? Two good friends with opposite relationship problems found themselves single at the same time. As an experiment, they dated for 40 days.

Love is a central theme in humanity across time and cultures. It’s one of the main topics in music, film, novels, poetry, and art. But what exactly is it, and why do we all approach it so differently? How does it affect us so deeply that sane people have gone mad over it?

The dating life in New York City can grow tiresome and wearing. Tim is afraid of commitment, often dating many girls at once, and he’s losing sight of what a healthy relationship means. Jessica is a hopeless romantic, jumping into relationships too quickly, always looking to find “the one.”

It’s been said that it takes 40 days to change a bad habit. In an attempt to explore and hopefully overcome their fears and inadequacies, Tim and Jessica will go through the motions of a relationship for the next 40 days: the commitment, time, companionship, joys and frustrations. Can they help each other, or will they fall into their same habits? Will they damage their friendship? What if they fall in love?

The English Major Rambles

Oh, the rapturous higher plane of existence on which the ideal English major…what’s the word, something something, oh, let me just find a reality show to watch because I’m just a grubby economics major, rolling around on my piles of money:

Real reading is reincarnation. There is no other way to put it. It is being born again into a higher form of consciousness than we ourselves possess. When we walk the streets of Manhattan with Walt Whitman or contemplate our hopes for eternity with Emily Dickinson, we are reborn into more ample and generous minds. “Life piled on life / Were all too little,” says Tennyson’s “Ulysses,” and he is right. Given the ragged magnificence of the world, who would wish to live only once? The English major lives many times through the astounding transportive magic of words and the welcoming power of his receptive imagination. The economics major? In all probability he lives but once. If the English major has enough energy and openness of heart, he lives not once but hundreds of times. Not all books are worth being reincarnated into, to be sure—but those that are win Keats’s sweet phrase: “a joy forever.”

I’m guilty of saying I loved economics because it meant using math to explain people, but that was hyperbole. We get to use that, don’t we? The great unwashed?

I hereby summon one Bernardo Aparicio to rebut the claim above, that of one Mark Edmunson. And I don’t wanna hear no sass from any of you TAC types, you with your humanities degrees, and your writing implements, and your Kindles-used-for-books-not-sudoku-or-smut.

Hat tip to Cedar’s Digest, who asks Why Is the “Ideal English Major” uncurious and anti-intellectual?

If we are in the business of sharing the wonder of knowledge, then we need to drop the vague mysticism of “there are readers and there are readers.” Take a small drop of that celebrated imagination supposedly thought to dwell deep in the heart of every English major, and think about why economists might think their field is important.  Economics majors do not “live in facts and graphs and diagrams” any more than an English major lives in the alphabet. Economics is the study of human decisions. Someone who studies health economics or the effects of poverty or labor markets doesn’t do it because they enjoy the pretty colors that excel offers. They like finding patterns in human behavior. Sometimes they apply that knowledge so that more English majors can eat.  They are not doing this because they are soulless automatons.

Hate the Playa

Via Deadspin, a 2007 contract specifies the terms of J.J. Redick’s Ex-Girlfriend’s agreement to get an abortion.

REDICK has agreed that once LOPEZ has terminated said pregnancy and has provided medical proof of said termination satisfactory to REDDICK, including, but not limited to, direct access to LOPEZ’s medical files and records of the clinic, practice or hospital conducting the termination procedure and has submitted to a post-pregnancy examination by a doctor of REDICK’s choice to confirm both the prior pregnancy and its termination, REDICK and LOPEZ shall attempt to establish and maintain a social and/or dating relationshiip between themselves for a period of one year from the date of this Agreement (herinafter the “Relationship”).

Here we see an appropriate use of scare quotes, re: “Relationship.”