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21 September 2010 @ 09:56 pm
Things I have enjoyed lately  
1. The shit-eating grin on Colbert's face as he introduced the Pavements last night. If ever you needed confirmation that your life was fkn rad, having them on your show would probably do the trick.

1a. Malkmus' reply to the question of biggest influence: Reagan.

2. My friend SK playing his viola da gamba. He's writing pop songs on that thing.

3. This piece on Treme and the challenges it faces in upcoming seasons, how difficult it might be to show institutional failure when so few of the main characters are functionaries of those institutions:
Neither form of generalized blame—of unsympathetic outsiders like Bush or unreliable insiders like Davis—is as useful as the story of what actually happened would be.... As good as it is at effects, Treme isn’t so good at causes—of the immediate disaster, and of its seemingly never-ending aftermath.

4. The feeling of befuddlement at the emotionally flat last thirty seconds of this week's Mad Men. I get the composedness of it, but bleah, it falls flat. I feel like the show is at its best when it doesn't try to create Eggleston anew - that there is no subject more replete with implication than the mundane is something the show knows and has shown us throughout its run. Kind of tired of it. Don't know how they'd have ended it otherwise, though. Foreboding enough, I guess.

The POV is almost Megan's. I love their unity of gaze. I love this and the next image so much more than the last.

Evil Betty versus the Superfriends.


4a. Joyce! Who can do things a man can't!

5. The segment on today's Radio Lab on falling in love with a prosopagnosiac.

6. When memes hit maximum saturation:

Muster Marknightspore on September 23rd, 2010 12:55 am (UTC)
Hey, did you ever start pod casting? Should I have known that? And did Jon S ever get in touch with you?
all_unnecessaryall_unnecessary on September 23rd, 2010 01:35 am (UTC)
I did get started, and stopped almost immediately (heard my own voice, didn't like it).

And no, Jon S never did write to me. Have you had contact from him recently?
grashupfer: unquietgrashupfer on September 23rd, 2010 02:41 am (UTC)
Oh that meme.

Vestiges des Mayas gave me belly laughter.
all_unnecessary: O RLYall_unnecessary on September 23rd, 2010 05:49 pm (UTC)
peut mieux faire

cleaning up so welljones_casey on September 24th, 2010 12:26 am (UTC)
the pavements are on jimmy fallon tonight. the episodes are available at his website sometime the next day. i almost didn't download break your heart, having the original, but my thoroughness was rewarded.
all_unnecessaryall_unnecessary on September 24th, 2010 12:54 am (UTC)
For a second there I thought you were referring to the hip hop song, and not the Wilco cover.

Their appearance on Colbert was the first time I've actually seen them. Malkmus is way nerdier than I imagined, which is awesome.