Reluctant Habits

Notice to Readers: Offline for Uncertain Period

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I’m typing this in my neighborhood cafe. I just moved and I thought that the broadband transfer would be flawless. It has been anything but. An evil company* by the name of Ace Innovative lied and misrepresented what the true nature of service was in my new neighborhood was. (I will have more on this later. Also, please pardon the lack of contractions. I am typing this on a keyboard where I cannot do apostophres. This probably explains why I sound like Data from Star Trek.) I have also lost…read more

The Bat Segundo Show: Daniele Thompson

Posted by in Bat Segundo, Film, interview, thompson-daniele

In this 30 minute radio interview, director Daniele Thompson discusses Change of Plans, how people act during certain times of the day, and how cinematic fantasy can reflect real life.

Jonathan Franzen vs. Richard Stark: Which Writer Really “Knows” the World?

Posted by in Franzen, Jonathan, stark-richard, Westlake, Donald

Sam Tanenhaus: “Once again Franzen has fashioned a capacious but intricately ordered narrative that in its majestic sweep seems to gather up every fresh datum of our shared millennial life. Franzen knows that college freshmen are today called ‘first years,’ like tender shoots in an overplanted garden; that a high-minded mom, however ruthless in her judgments of her neighbors’ ethical lapses, will condemn them with no epithet harsher than ‘weird’; that reckless drivers who barrel across lanes are ‘almost always youngish men for whom the use of blinkers was apparently…read more

The Bat Segundo Show: Gary Shteyngart II

Posted by in Bat Segundo, interview, shteyngart-gary

In this 40 minute radio interview, novelist Gary Shteyngart discusses Super Sad True Love Story, singularity, conceptual knishes, and whether or not the novel is dead.

Interview Whiteout with Austin Kleon

Posted by in interview, kleon-austin, Newspaper Blackout

An interview whiteout with Newspaper Blackout author Austin Kleon.

Why Did Scott Pilgrim Tank?

Posted by in Film

Scott Pilgrim was trounced by The Expendables and Eat Pray Love. Is this the end of geek commercialism or just bad marketing?

Review: Neshoba: The Price of Freedom (2008)

Posted by in Film

This documentary, focusing on the aftermath of the 1964 killings of three civil rights workers, has the great advantage of being caught within the shoals of an important story.

Review: Animal Kingdom (2010)

Posted by in Film

The Australian import has been identified as something close to a masterpiece. The problem here isn’t the execution, but the material.

The Bat Segundo Show: David Mitchell III

Posted by in Bat Segundo, interview, Mitchell, David

In this 45 minute radio interview, David Mitchell returns to Bat Segundo to discuss The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, aphorisms, words, morality, language, games, and historical truth.

The Bat Segundo Show: Vincent Cassel & Rachel Shukert II

Posted by in Bat Segundo, cassel-vincent, Film, interview, shukert-rachel

In this special 50 minute program, French thespic badass Vincent Cassel talks about movement, Mesrine, and being 43 and the delightful Rachel Shukert returns to discuss her new memoir, Everything is Going to Be Just Great.

Review: The Expendables (2010)

Posted by in Film

If anything, The Expendables has caused me to unintentionally come out as a cheesy action movie fan. Well, so be it. But when a movie causes you to remember its predecessors and its influences, is it really a movie to remember?

Chris Abani Censored by Florida School District

Posted by in abani-chris, Censorship

Why is a Florida school district removing Chris Abani’s Graceland from its libraries?

Review: Lebanon (2009)

Posted by in Film, War

Back in March, The New York Times published a Michael Kamber essay in which Kamber took The Hurt Locker to task for its “realistic depiction.” While the film went on to garner numerous awards, including the Best Picture Oscar, its apparent inaccuracies were enough to unsettle Kamber and others who had served in combat. Despite The Hurt Locker feeling “realistic” to those who had never set foot into a war zone, the film was a sham for Baghdad vets. The criticisms against The Hurt Locker are hardly a new development…read more

The Bat Segundo Show: Adam Ross

Posted by in Bat Segundo, interview, ross-adam

Adam Ross recently appeared on The Bat Segundo Show #349. Mr. Ross is most recently the author of Mr. Peanut. Condition of Mr. Segundo: Caught within the vertiginous sensation of a Mobius strip. Author: Adam Ross Subjects Discussed: [List forthcoming] EXCERPT FROM SHOW: Ross: I think that what keeps us going day in and day out as we live our lives — and certainly we live our lives, hopefully, as members of caring relationships — is the belief that we can improve and change. And when I think of the…read more

Review: The Other Guys (2010)

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For the record, I enjoyed Anchorman. I was lukewarm on Talladega Nights. I skipped Step Brothers. But now that I have seen Adam McKay’s disastrous cop-buddy comedy, The Other Guys, I think that I can safely conclude that McKay is turning into a gutless fauxteur more on the level of Dennis Dugan rather than Judd Apatow. He’s a man who might improve his floundering artistry, were he to live by a more literal mantra of the comedy website he co-created with Will Ferrell. Had there been some creep screaming “Funny…read more

Hate Mail Dramatic Reading Project #10

Posted by in Dramatic Readings, Hate Mail

The latest installment in my ongoing Hate Mail Dramatic Reading Project, read in the style of Mel Gibson talking on the telephone.