- Gamble with art on the Superbowl instead of money.
- Patti Smith is writing a detective novel.
- J.D. Salinger loved ketchup and burgers; more proof he was a genius.
- New Pedro Almodóvar movie to feature women again, and always dramatic ones.
- There’s such a fine line between art and not-art, especially when it comes to kids. And “After careful consideration, Jessica Hanff has found the ideal spot for the art that her 4-year-old daughter, Elisabeth, brings home from preschool: the trash can.”
Stuff that Sounds Good
- Wilco starts their own record label, and Robert Plant and Band of Joy will start to write their own music.
- Want Bruce Springsteen to guest star on your album? Just email him. I will be trying this for my next small gathering. Prepare for live music.
- Bob Dylan did the whole soundtrack to the movie My Own Love Song, but Renee Zellweger is in it, so pass.
- Sonny Rollins recommends his favorite soundtracks, and of course Casablanca is included. I have his autograph, in case you care.
- Right around when my Dad knew her, we get a glimpse of what was in Janis Joplin’s purse:
“In desperation Janis dumps her bag onto the floor of the limo. Its contents are truly awesome. Janis has a baglady’s compulsion to carry her whole life with her. There are: two movie stubs, a pack of cigarettes, an antique cigarette holder, several motel and hotel room keys, a box of Kleenex, a compact and various make up cases (in addition to a bunch of eyebrow pencils held together with a rubber band), an address book, dozens of bits of paper, business cards, match box covers with phone numbers written in near-legible barroom scrawls, guitar picks, a bottle of Southern Comfort (empty), a hip flask, an opened package of complementary macadamia nuts from American Airlines, cassettes of Johnny Cash and Otis Redding, gum, sunglasses, credit cards, aspirin, assorted pens and writing pad, a corkscrew, an alarm clock, a copy of Time, and two hefty books-Nancy Milford’s biography of Zelda Fitzgerald and Thomas Wolfe’s Look Homeward, Angel.”
1. Hindsight is 20/20. It is also the name of an ABC show that airs on Friday nights.
Gumbel: “And then it sounded stupid when I said it, violence ‘at’ NBC….What is internet anyway?”
Couric: “Internet is that massive computer network, the one that’s becoming really big now.”
2. Jack Nicholson has an open, honest discussion with The Daily Mail, who found him unsurprisingly “charming, fascinating, funny, strangely vulnerable and completely original in every way.” Nicholson explains his feelings about plastic surgery by noting that he was a part of history; he “was on the receiving end of one of the very first chest augmentations. When I touched what felt like polythene, that was it. The fuse went out. Maybe it’s childish, but I couldn’t cope with it.” He believes that if “someone can fool” him with it, he’s “happy to be fooled.” But ultimately, he’s “not worried about wrinkles” in anyone: “I can’t see so well, so sometimes I look in the mirror and I see how I was as a young man. But a few years back I noticed I don’t have any hair below my sock line, and I thought to myself, ‘Jackie, that’s an old man.’”
Nicholson also claims that “If men are honest, everything they do and everywhere they go is for a chance to see women. There were points in my life where I felt oddly irresistible to women. I’m not in that state now and that makes me sad.”
3. Okay, maybe Human Planet will be really cool.
4. A new solution to depression may be surgery. “DBS consists of inserting thin wires in the brain that are connected to a matchbox sized ‘pacemaker’ inserted under the skin that provides constant electric stimulation. The effects are to inhibit and stimulate brain circuits that are either too active or underactive. These brain circuits are known to be involved with the regulation and control of emotion.” Perhaps developments like this will convince all those people out there who are all like, you’re just sad, take a walk.
Other Pretty Stuff (Like Naked Painted Ladiez)
Picasso Lady, 1964 by Gil Elvgren
Apple A Day, February 1963 by Vargas, Playboy
2. Never fear! Google is taking over art too.
4. The Capitalism of the Body, via Ice T.
Tennis Gets It’s Own Category
The Australian Open, the only Grand Slam I never really watch because the time difference is just too annoying, is over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy some funny tennis faces, Nadal in his underwear, or Kim Clijsters being a badass, subtly.
The Political Machine
1. The Daily Show and The Colbert Report are back on Hulu!
2. “Win the Future” is apparently a socially acceptable phrase now.
3. Are people sick of Sarah Palin? I fucking hope so.
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4. And Salon asks why we admire JFK so much, if he didn’t actually do a whole lot. I’ve got one answer: He was good-looking.
Let’s end with a little humor: Chris Riebschlager and McSweeney’s bring us “Hemingway’s Blonde Jokes”:
Q. How many blondes does it take to change a light bulb?
A. Margot preferred darkness.