And I'm impressed that they've neatly solved the characters-getting-killed-in-previous-films problem by setting this movie at exactly the right place and time so that (mostly) everyone can be in it.
In particular, this quote, which is an excerpt from Chabon's Manhood for Amateurs:
The daily work you put into rearing your children is a kind of intimacy, tedious and invisible as mothering itself. There is another kind of intimacy in the conversations you may have with your children as they grow older, in which you confess to failings, reveal anxieties, share your bouts of creative struggle, regret, frustration. There is intimacy in your quarrels, your negotiations and running jokes. But above all, there is intimacy in your contact with their bodies, with their shit and piss, sweat and vomit, with their stubbled kneecaps and dimpled knuckles, with the rips in their underpants as you fold them, with their hair against your lips as you kiss the tops of their heads, with the bones of their shoulders and with the horror of their breath in the morning as they pursue the ancient art of forgetting to brush. Lucky me that I should be permitted the luxury of choosing to find the intimacy inherent in this work that is thrust upon so many women. Lucky me.
That's just so good. I think Michael Chabon may win my prize for the author whose writing consistently makes me tear up the most.
Here's mixtape maestro on the "Make it Rain" remix featuring R. Kelly: "Sure, it's not as lyrically WTF as we would've liked (though we do like the 'got motherfuckers bootleggin' the shit I ain't even wrote yet' line), but as an event that seemed destined to happen anyway it doesn't disappoint too much, leaving us hoping that it's only the beginning of another long-running R. Kelly Jumps On Everybody's Record Remix-fest." Here's to hoping!
And of course the Bejar we actually get is very much a character too, albeit a life-size one--he's iconic, magnetic, fascinating. He seems genuinely shy. I'm not sure if he likes being on stage, but he obviously loves the music. Sometimes it looked like he was happy to just kneel down and watch the musicians play. ... I definitely got the sense that he wanted the music to be as amazing and transporting as possible.
I saw Destroyer live a couple of weeks ago (and had seen them back in 2006, as well). I loved the show; it was pretty intense for me for a number of reasons, but in particular, the level to which Bejar was in the music was just really special.
(My one disappointment was that they didn't play "Poor in Love", which is one of my favorites from Kaputt.)
As for next week's contributor, I'm especially delighted to have music writer extraordinaire Tom Ewing take over. ... Tom will talk us through British "stadium house" visionaries and pop pranksters The KLF.
This is exciting! One of my favorite music writers on one of my favorite artists.
I missed this a couple weeks ago when it was announced at GDC 2011, but I'm so excited to hear that "Out of this World" is coming to iOS.
I loved "Out of this World"/"Another World" so much! It's one of the few games I've ever completed, in fact, because I never got tired of its puzzles and the gorgeous graphics. I'm looking forward to playing it again.
"Friday" is exactly what you expect from teen-oriented pop in 2011, from the sing-song melodies on down to a guest spot from an anonymous rapper who's only tangentially related to the rest of the song. If the video was intended to be a parody of teen pop convention, it would be on par with some of the best SNL Digital Shorts by Lonely Island.
I had exactly the same reaction when I first watched "Friday" last Saturday: that this was pretty much a genius pop music parody (the "Baby"-aping chorus, the "Bus stop" sign over her head as she sings "bus stop", the bit of rapping in the middle, and so on). And as grating as it is (there's something about listening to it that feels like chewing on aluminum foil), that's how I prefer to think of it!