Oh, Mama, Barack Obama Got Him →
Here’s “Ballad of a Black President,” written and sung by Ed Murrieta. It’s a little raw, and not in the way you might expect.
Yiddish Curses →
For GOP Jews. Very funny, hopefully potent. Share with reckless abandon.
Oh, the Humility! Who knew so many members of the GOP were from “humble” backgrounds? Thank you, Republican National Convention!
Where I Store the Goods →
If you like me, then don’t keep it to yourself.
For Chris Lighty. “It’s...
Chris Lighty Suicide: Music Exec Takes Own Life |... →
It’s always a mistake to assume that someone “has it all.”
A new Post poll put the difference between the two parties’ perception of...– the Washington Post
the chicks ain’t out for nothin’ boys,...
…it worries me, this promiscuity; I often feel as though I’m a bad reader, an...– Mark O’Connell on promiscuous reading, and why Theodor Adorno kept his attention: http://nyr.kr/RYoPv2 (via newyorker) Book/web/mag sluts of the world unite! (And stop worrying.) I feel like the author has come out or something. It’s that bold an admission.
Easily the most happy-making upon entering my...
the sad, sad truth
ThinkProgress Live Blogs The Republican National... →
I don’t watch a whole bunch of TV. And I don’t get off on being made angry by voices of stupidity. So, I plan to follow a lot of the convention here. (Please note the GOP plan to “vigorously” prosecute porn.)
Where I've Dreamed Football Would Go →
Friends have long given me shit about rooting for Tebow and Vince Young and Mike Vick and whatever running QB comes down the pike. It’s not about the position itself though; I just want football to open up. (I once took a crack at a novel about a punter who ran. It was too early in my writing life to pull it off… Now I think I could make such a narrative work.) So, I’m excited...
My Friends Take Cool Pictures of Me →
I’m a luck son of a biscuit eater.
David Bordwell on Christopher Nolan →
I ain’t gon’ lie: Some of this lengthy essay is over my head. Having said that, the analysis linked-to above is stuffI’ve been living with, re-reading and pondering, for more than a week. The only place I feel in synch with the author is on the matter of Nolan’s editing strategies; I think I’ve had a grasp on the issue for more than a year. A must-read for anyone who...
Delivered properly, “Ya know how da lonely...
"One soldier told me, 'In my heart I want to... →
cheatsheet: motherjones: An Afghan Army major describes his troops’ antipathy for US and NATO soldiers. A riveting read on those so-called “green-on-blue” incidents in Afghanistan, from The Daily Beast. Technically in Newsweek (on iPad and newsstands now), but yeah. Worth a read.
A playlist that’s only beginning to hit its...
…a little bit behind the beat… just...
Lakers 2012-13 →
Only an injury or Nash getting old fast can hold them back.
The Moth Radio Hour 602 →
Novelist Laura Albert explains how the avatar JT Leroy came to be in this very emotional piece of oral storytelling. Albert is actually talking about how a “hoax” can be the truest thing you’ve ever heard.
My San Francisco friend W. Kamau Bell is doing it big in New York. Beyond his F/X show, he found his way onto the grown-folks table on Up with Chris Hayes, which is one of the smarter political discussion shows on the TV platform. The subject here is abortion and the GOP. One great lesson Todd Akin of Missouri has taught me? His medieval science isn’t just an aberration. That’s not...
New Xzibit w/ Tha Liks + The Almighty King Tee... →
How serendipitous is it to find the new Liks joint “Louis XIII” — produced by Doc Dre, no less — just as I’m about to head out to a birthday party!?! It’s crazy ‘cuz just yesterday I was listening to “Bird’s Eye View” — an all-but forgotten posse track from X’s first album. And I never stop hearing Teela’s “Super Nigga” in my head. It’s generally understood that the jam functions as my...
It is no more morally justifiable to kill someone for profit than it is to kill...– Chris Hedges
Rolling Out a Digital Memoir Update
In preparing Son of Ghetto Celebrity, the Alexander / Swift update of my first book, I fell into an investigation as deep as the absent father-son story covered by the memoir. The object of this search was the origin of my style. From early drafts on, my cover story was that Ghetto Celebrity addressed the search for parts of my desperado father that live in my nebbish-y self. In fact, the book’s...
How To Blog: The Worst Thing That Will Be Written... →
“Word Salad du Jour” or “SEO is Fucking Up Every Written Thing”
I don’t remember the President talking about...
Dock Ellis: If You Have An iPad, And You Like Good... →
ESPN’s Dock treatment was beautiful. The only thing it lacked was the astounding sound of Dock reading a letter written to him by Jackie Robinson.
Major Lazer videos never cease to fascinate.
Best Thing You'll Read All Day →
Smartest, too. Give yourself some time. Savor it.