Summer’s Almost Gone

24 08 2008

My birthday was this week, and for me that’s always meant that summer is almost gone.  When I was a kid it signalled about two weeks until school started.  Of course now it means that school is just around the corner.  No update last week because my Dad and I went to New York to see a few games at Yankee Stadium. While there I did stop at one of the best comic book stores in the world, Forbidden Planet.

It’s going to be comics heavy this week…

  • First, I just read Captain America #41 and while this series doesn’t seem to be closing up any loose ends, I love it. The Red Skull’s plan seems to be coming together and unravelling at the same time, the mental fake Cap is still running around, and James/Bucky is really figuring out how to be Captain America (as evidenced by events in this book). Check out LOTRKing’s review.
  • I also have to mention that Secret Invasion continues to be great. Is the tide turning? It’s starting to look like we might have some hope against the Skrull invasion. My only complaint with this crossover is that I wish the main Secret Invasion book had more and the crossover titles less. I miss the old days when limited series told the entire story (like Secret Wars). In the meantime, check out LOTRKing’s review here.
  • Also noteworthy of late are the Fantastic Four and a new Mark Millar book War Heroes.
  • The AVClub has two comics-related articles this week; one that ties comics to the Olympics, the other is its comics’ panel which also mentioned War Heroes.

In comics and movies, Sam from Electricity & Lust (on his Screenjabber blog) checks in on the Watchmen buzz.

In links, it looks like Electricity & Lust have been out of touch for a while too. They have a bunch of links this week.

I think that might be it for now. There are one or two music items I might write about over at ROCKIST. Off to watch some Battlestar Gallactica and tackle my ever-growing pile of comics.





Quiet Week

22 06 2008

Once I finished the The Corrections it’s been a pretty quiet week. I tried to plow through a bit of my pile of old New Yorkers and basically picked over articles and stories. Nothing too exciting. So here goes nothing:

In short-fiction, I did read a few things. Like I said, I’m chipping away at a pile of New Yorkers and a few One-Story issues. I also started The Boat by Nam Le (so far it’s fantastic).

In not-so-short fiction, Shannon tells you to go read The Hobbit.

In music, Guns ‘N Roses’ long awaited album was leaked for like 13 minutes this week on the interwebs. I write a little about it over here.

  • Also, I keep meaning to link over to Plain or Pan? a really great music website from a Scot with a huge collection of stuff.

In television, the AVClub interviews Billy West of Futurama and Ren & Stimpy fame. I, however, was introduced to him via the Howard Stern show where he did such imitations as Marge Schott and The Queen of Mean, Leona Helmsley.

In links, the following sub-finds…

  • I found Wordspy a site that introduces you to newly coined phrases.
  • In art, I found a site this week that gives you cheap options for art. It’s called 20×200 and gives you the option of buying a $20, $200, or $2,000 version of the same piece. My problem is that I think some of the pictures from my vacation are better and I can’t figure out how to sell them here!
  • Not so much art as photography, I did try a very cool site affiliated with Flickr this week. It’s called MOO and enables you to make postcards, notecards, mini-cards, etc. from your own pics stored on Flickr. I’ll let you know what I think when I get the first pics back.

I’m behind on comics and don’t have anything to report this week. Hopefully I’ll attack the pile this week and have something to report back on.  Hope all are having a good summer.





You Maniacs, you blew it up! Damn you! God Damn you all to hell!!

1 06 2008

Sorry, the baby went a little crazy today thus the title. Lots of screaming, yelling, crying, blotchy face, etc. So now that things have quieted down, here are some of the items I noticed this week.

I’ve got to start with television this week.  Of course the only thing worth mentioning is LOST.  Holy shit was it something else! Two hours of twists and turns and a plot that is racing towards… well something! I think the big surprise is that Jacob turned out to be the Dharma Initiative Organutang! Who would have thought that? Well it’s not true. We got more questions than answers again, but to be honest I don’t care. As usual, I’ll let other people share their thoughts…

  • Cinematically Correct will be depressed for the summer.
  • LOTRKing has plenty of spoilers here in case you’ve got it on TiVo.

Also in television, the AVClub tries to decide just what is the worst sitcom of all time?? My initial reaction includes Small Wonder as mentioned in the article, It’s a Living (I’ve actually stayed in that hotel, it’s a dump), Will & Grace likely the one I hate the most, and My Mother the Car, which while horrible is, in a strange way, quite amazing.

In Bob Dylan (yes I’m treating Bob as a category), I saw two things this week:

And to mop up the week in links, books, comics, etc Electricity & Lust, everyone’s favorite (or at least mine) clearing house of links points out some really cool stuff including an interview with Jeffrey Tambor and the new trailer to the film adaptation of Choke. Also, some clips are on YouTube, check them out here while they last.

In other books to movies news, the Times also covered the filming of the movie version of The Road. I’m sure it will be the feel good movie of the year!

In books, the Times highlights the the best travel books so far this year.

In comics two things:

Finally, One-Story has an intern. Apparently they’ve also started a Facebook page. Personally, I’d much prefer to see them on Twitter. I don’t have time or energy for that social networking page nonsense.





Random Links

29 03 2008

I’ll try to provide general links to interesting things on a semi-regular basis. Here are some pop culture things I’ve come across this week…

The AV Club recognizes They Live as the classic I’ve always known it to be.

The AV Club also takes us back to the 1980s.

Someone let Artie Lange go on the Donnie Deutsch show looking like a homeless person.

A friend sent me a link to old school Easy Listening on the interwebs.

The cheapest, coolest Video Camera around.

Ryan Adams is to the internet as Joyce Carol Oates is to books lately. Both are cranking out a lot of stuff.





Tobias Wolff News

24 03 2008

Electricity & Lust posted a link to an article about upcoming Tobias Wolff work. I plan to read it when I get home and have a chance, but you can read it here. He’s a great author of short stories and you should ready him if you get the chance. His memoir This Boy’s Life was made into a fine movie with Robert DeNiro and Leonardo DeCapprio. Good stuff!





Quick Book Link

17 01 2008

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but here is a great book I read late last year. Coal Black Horse is the story of a boy on a journey to find his father during the Civil War. The writing is fantastic and is reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy’s recent work The Road. The author, Robert Olmstead has written some great stuff during his career, but this is definitely the best thing he’s done.