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TTMMW: That Girl Margot? She Liked Darkness

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Art Bites
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.”

– And music really does dope you up, so keep listening.
Listen to these Lucinda Williams covers. A few surprises here, like Ben Folds, but Laura Cantrell and Emmylou Harris are old favorites.

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

Bettie Page Raw

Apple A Day, February 1963 by Vargas, Playboy

2. Never fear! Google is taking over art too.

3. Lucky Rocking Chair

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.

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Mika Brzezinski Experiences Palin Fatigue
Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog Video Archive

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.

TTMMW: “What is it about high school, you read all the worst books by good writers”

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Keeping track of weeks for the Thelonious Monk weblog confuses me. So, let’s just start calling this feature “stuff that happened recently that is applicable to this category”, shall we? To be updated approximately weekly, as per before. This is technically week 7/8, for those trying to keep track.

1. Update:
As I know you were all chomping at the bit to hear my thoughts on the Norman Rockwell photography show at the Brooklyn Museum, it was great. Rockwell was always more of an illustrator, an amazing technician, but it was his compositional skills that really set him apart. Using photography, which he considered a crutch, was the best way to do his pieces, and getting a chance to see how that process was meticulously handled is an insight into an artist’s development in a way we don’t usually get a chance to see. Here are a few examples from the exhibit.

Additionally, Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Table, which I had only read about in the past, has a beautiful home there now. When we went, Lauren wondered why the plates became three-dimensional only towards the 19th and 20th centuries. I wasn’t sure, but a little further research showed that, “The 39 plates themselves start flat and begin to emerge in higher relief towards the very end of the chronology, meant to represent modern woman’s gradual independence and equality, though it is still not totally free of societal expectations”, says Janet Koplos in her article “The Dinner Party Revisited”, from Art in America‘s May 2003 issue.

2. I’m surprised Sarah Jessica Parker is not on this list of actresses you irrationally hate
She’s been replaced by January Jones. Unsurprisingly, Renee Zellweger make her presence known.

3. Judith Jamison leaves Alvin Ailey as artistic director
And gets a rave review from Alastair Macaulay, something that’s pretty hard to do, if we all remember the hubbub over the fat ballerina.

4. All things PIXAR
Stamps! And a well-edited video:

5. Segregation and Jazz
A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at what black performers, considered at the top of their industry, had to face before integration. [Houston History Magazine]

6. Great movie about family
Every time I watch The Squid and the Whale the more I feel like Noah Baumbach had some insight into my family, even though it shares few obvious similarities with the Berkman family. It just reeks of truth on a level that is not so much uncomfortable as so real you can’t look away.

7. Other Music News
Chuck Berry collapses during one of his shows. Get better Chuck! I need to see you to fulfill my lifelong dream.

Another weird Dylan thing turns out not to be true. [Stereogum]

Pitchfork’s albums shown, super beautifully. [Year in Reviews]

8. The best two things together
Tennis + Water [Gawker]

9.Detroit is falling apart
But at least we’re documenting it’s demise. [The Guardian]

10. The Daily Show is boss
And might be coming back to Hulu. Please please please, give me what I want:

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
The Best F#@king News Team Won’t Stop Ever
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog The Daily Show on Facebook

11. Future Almodóvar to get excited about
Sounds like a snazzier Nip/Tuck.
First Look: Antonio Banderas In Pedro Almodóvar’s ‘The Skin That I Inhabit’ [Indiewire]

12. And on a more positive note, let’s remember that even when bad things happen, good things do too:

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