A new survey unfurls what we didn’t know before. Most bloggers write about their personal lives. Keep uncovering those shocking conclusions, Pew!
Jonathan Ames talks Hammett with NPR: “The Continental Op gives me courage. I try to be like him when I have to face the problems in my life.”
Is Viacom buying the Onion? I sure hope not. Remember MAD Magazine before it was purchased by Time Warner and what happened to it after William Gaines’ death? (And if you can somehow get your hands on Broderbund’s CD-ROM collection, Totally MAD, which sits permanently on my desk, you can compare issues before and after 1992.) It was fresh, edgy, and unapologetically adolescent. Then it became a hollow shell of its former self and it started to pull its punches. Sadly, I suspect we’ll see something similar with The Onion if the Viacom deal goes through.
Ruth Franklin on Black Swan Green. The first part of our long promised Mitchell podcast, which includes a discussion on the correct pronunciation of Nabokov and contemplation on American vs. British sandwiches (along with other heady topics), will leave the building very soon.