Getting back to zombie basics

Slate’s Tim Cavanaugh comes out firmly in favor of a fundamentalist approach to zombies in his review of IFC’s Dead Set and AMC’s The Walking Dead.. I couldn’t agree more. Cavanaugh argues that zombie films have shuffled away from some of their core values, including, most importantly, that “zombies need to chow down on raw […]

Infinite Jest’s flying circus

Director and Monty Python alumnusĀ  Terry Gilliam offers his assessment of David Foster Wallace’s “Infinite Jest” in Mother Jones: “I’m reading David Foster Wallace’s ‘Infinite Jest,’ and I seem to have been reading it for the last seven months. It’s the thickest, most word-heavy book I’ve ever read. And it’s wonderful!” I couldn’t agree more. […]

Suffering the Benz Top Posts

When I migrated from Movable Type to WordPress, I realized there’s a lot of crap on here. More than 600 posts over the past seven years. Someone beaming in from the Google Transporter would be hard pressed to figure out what’s going on here. So I’ve pulled together my favorite posts in a single category […]

Black Books

Here’s something to have your Tivo fetch for you: I’ve become addicted to Black Books on BBC America, the tale of a prickly Irish bookstore owner and his crapulous antics with friends, customers and unsuspecting bottles of wine in London. The humor is hateful and biting but never too dark. Dylan Moran is great as […]

I see London I see France …

Caroline Weber launched an awesome opening paragraph in her review of “Paris: The Secret History” in today’s New York Times Book Review: “Years ago, while strolling through a Parisian flower market, I was accosted by a man with a posy in his hands and a poem on his lips. “Here are some fruits, some flowers, […]

Janet Jackson and H.R. Pufnstuf

Two great pieces in the New York Times Arts & Leisure section this morning. Registration required, but worth it. In My Hero, Janet Jackson, Frank Rich comes out with a fantastic defense of Jackson and an indictment of the hypocrisy surrounding the furor over that Super Bowl breast thing. I was tired of that story […]