Reluctant Habits

The Ginger Man (Modern Library #99)

Posted by in donleavy-jp, Modern Library

The next exciting entry in the The Modern Library Reading Challenge, concerning itself with boorish protagonists, authors who sue themselves in court, and the interior monologue!

The Bat Segundo Show: Gregg Araki

Posted by in araki-gregg, Bat Segundo, Film, interview

In this 25 minute interview, Gregg Araki discusses his latest film, Kaboom, his thoughts on Inception, and why he’s fond of fictional mothers.

The Bat Segundo Show: Misha Angrist

Posted by in angrist-misha, Bat Segundo, Genetics, interview

In this one hour interview, Misha Angrist, the tenth participant of the Personal Genome Project, discusses his book, Here is a Human Being, retail genetics, and numerous ethical issues.

Jane McGonigal’s Mind is Broken

Posted by in mcgonigal-jane, Video Games

A 3,000 word response to Jane McGonigal’s Reality is Broken, outlining in detail Ms. McGonigal’s misunderstanding of psychology, human behavior, and intellectualism.

The Bat Segundo Show: Paula Bomer

Posted by in Bat Segundo, bomer-paula

In this 30 minute radio interview, writer Paula Bomer discusses the differences between bad thought and bad action, Patricia Highsmith, and passive-aggressive editors who impugn you at readings.

The Magnificent Ambersons (Modern Library #100)

Posted by in Modern Library, tarkington-booth

The first entry in the The Modern Library Reading Challenge, an ambitious project to read the entire Modern Library from #100 to #1.

Review: The Green Hornet (2011)

Posted by in Film, New Geeks, rogen-seth

This 2,500 word essay outlines how the geek has become aligned with marketing forces and why The Green Hornet and Seth Rogen must be thoroughly rejected for culture to survive.

Review: Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish (2010)

Posted by in Film, Shakespeare

Regardless of my Jewish state (or lack thereof), it is hard to say no to a movie titled Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish.

The Modern Library Reading Challenge

Posted by in Modern Library

Introducing one of the most ridiculously ambitious reading challenges: a quest to read all of the Modern Library Top 100.

We Are Not Weaker Than the Tyrants

Posted by in brady-robert, giffords-gabrielle, loughner-jared-lee, palin-sarah, Politics

A 1,500 word essay on what the Arizona shootings mean for the American climate.

The Bat Segundo Show: Elia Suleiman

Posted by in Bat Segundo, Film, interview, suleiman-elia

In this 25 minute radio interview, filmmaker Elia Suleiman discusses The Time That Remains and innocuous YouTube users who watch his films outside of their context.

Simon & Schuster Cancels Borders Events

Posted by in Borders, Simon & Schuster

As Borders struggles to stay alive, several Simon & Schuster events became “canceled” as of Thursday night.

Memory in the Raw

Posted by in Memory, Photography

We’ve only had photographs for about 170 years and we’re more reliant upon the camera to confirm our existence than at any other time in human history. We must have our memory in the raw with an intermediary.