• A quick reminder that Jonathan Ames and Craig Davidson will be fighting tonight at Gleason’s Gym at 8:00 PM.
  • Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra’s excellent comic, Y: The Last Man, is being adapted into a film by the folks behind Disturbia. I am unsure how many Hollywood dollars will be committed to training monkeys, with the animal trainers spending hours attempting to reproduce Guerra’s juxtapositions of Ampersand on Yorick’s shoulders. But I’m convinced that monkey accuracy will be the key indicator as to whether this is a successful adaptation or not. Hell, this particular film could very well set a precedent for persuasive monkey behavior. If Clint Eastwood, who I understand has some experience in these matters, is somehow involved, then this film adaptation will go forth without a hitch.
  • Guitarist Brian May is completing his Ph.D more than twenty-five years after he abandoned it for a music career. Presumably, having to endure Ben Elton’s dumbing down of Queen’s legacy was enough to push May over the edge.
  • Tod Goldberg offers tips on how to write an essay for Parade.
  • A.L. Kennedy has a new story in this week’s New Yorker. (via Maud)
  • Dan Green responds to the opponents of the Harry Potter opponents.
  • I stopped getting excited about new Noam Chomsky volumes when I turned 22. A glowing orb on my hand went off, signaling that there were better ways to be political than celebrating the art of writing lifeless sentences.
  • Tim Rutten insists that the embargo hoopla is all about the green.
  • The Weekly World News, one of the most important newspapers of our time, is shutting down. The News‘s fabrications were the best of all the tabloids. And I can’t think of another publication that will be able to offer the same kind of amusement as I wait to purchase broccoli. (via Pete Anderson)
  • Speaking of which, here’s Magazine Death Pool — sort of a Fucked Company for periodicals.
  • The American Scholar‘s Charles Trueheart revisits Lawrence Durrell fifty years later.
  • This is bizarre: Carcassonne has been transformed into an Xbox game. But truthfully, can those delightful tiles actually be replaced by a television screen?
  • Harriet Baskas examines the connection between used bookstores and airports.
  • An interesting comparison beween Enid Blyton and J.K. Rowling. Blyton, incidentally, wrote 10,000 words a day. (via Book World)
  • The Washington Post examines DC Fringe offerings, which are considerably literary.


  1. “I stopped getting excited…when I turned 22″…Re : Chomsky’s new writings

    Oh, so after 22 you ‘matured’, eh ?!

    No comment

    From : Richard – who hasn’t stopped getting excited, aged 53

  2. Hm, this other Richard is 37 – also still hasn’t stopped getting excited. To call Chomsky’s political writings “lifeless” is to not have read them.

  3. Hi Ed,

    Naturally, I’m with the Richards!

    Show me a more exciting (engaged, relevant, informed, iconoclastic…) political writer and you’ll be doing me a big favour …


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