The way I keep stuff for this semi-not-at-all-regular column is by starring it in my Google Reader. As the weeks/months go on, things tend to pile up. Related things. Here they are, by particularly similar category.
“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)
1. Picasso Lady, 1964 by Gil Elvgren
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.