Quo Vadimus

Saturday, April 12, 2003


Words of Wisdom, first in a series. #001:

"I defrosted the icebox with a hammer. hours later tracy noticed an awfully powerful fume & so we thought it was free-on so we got the animals outside & the fumes became so bad that we couldn't go in the apt at all. it started to burn our skin & so we stayed next door for 1 night & in tacoma the 2nd night & turns out it wasn't free on but even more of a deadly gas called sulfer dioxide. Its like if you were to fill a bucket of bleach & ammonia & tie someones face to it. I left a butter scotch swiss miss pudding out over night & it turned bright flourescent green. So dont beat on your icebox with a hammer."
- Kurt Cobain, in a letter to Dale Crover, Journals (Riverhead Books, 2002), p. 64.

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I Like These Films, Do You Like These Films? #002: The Great Muppet Caper (1981, Jim Henson)

"I suppose I'd get some jelly." - Nevil (John Cleese)

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The Genius List. #019: Mary Timony.


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Some of your friends.

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The Genius List. #014-018: The Kids in the Hall: Bruce McCulloch, Dave Foley, Mark McKinney, Scott Thompson, and Kevin McDonald.

"Ham is a salty food. It's not like porridge, or toast, or a pear".

Enjoy. Wacky time slot, so you'll need one of these.

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Friday, April 11, 2003


The Genius List. #013: Lloyd Dobler.

"I don't want to sell anything, buy anything or process anything as a career. I don't want to sell anything bought or processed, buy anything sold or processed or ... process anything sold, bought or processed or repair anything sold, bought or processed. Ya know, as a career I don't want to do that. So, uh... my father's in the army and he wants me to join, but I can't work for that corporation. So what I've been doing lately is kick-boxing."

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I Like These Films, Do You Like These Films?, first in a series. #001: WarGames (1983, John Badham)

password: Joshua

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Should be fun.

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You tell me how that works, man!

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Thursday, April 10, 2003


The Genius List. #012: George Saunders

Go straight to your Privacy Tarp and read this and this.

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Support the troops.

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Laughter like an earthquake.

i for an I.

[Briefly: this guy John Tougas was in Mrs. Herrera's Algebra II class circa fall '89 ('90?) and he was having some trouble with the concept of imaginary numbers. These invisible digits are represented with the letter "i", which, as you can imagine, creates the potential for confusion with the pronoun "I". And but so Tougas and Herrera were going back and forth, cognition still murky, and then this usage confusion surfaced. Tougas realized this. And Tougas was known to laugh. Loudly. And he did. The room shook. I was looking around for a Richter scale. I had never heard laughter that loud before or since (ok, maybe Kumar Pallana in Rushmore, but it's damn close).]

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Wednesday, April 09, 2003


The Genius List. #011: Kevin Shields

Follow-up to Loveless currently in a trash bin just outside of London.

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The Genius List. #009-010: Bob Odenkirk and David Cross.

They're Pumpkininny!

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The Genius List. #008: Michael Silverblatt

"The best reader in America."

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The Genius List. #007: Walter Petry

This guy knows a helluva lot about the European Enlightenment and he introduced me to the rock and roll band Superchunk*.

Bonus points: Modernization in the West, Fall 1992, Fairfield, Ct. After a series of decidedly unenlightened comments on a Montaigne essay, Petry called a collection of undergrads "hapless clowns" (myself included, though I was wisely mum on the Montaigne) and frantically gathered his belongings and exited the classroom with a good half hour remaining in the session. After taking a few steps down the hallway, he returned:

"Damn you all. Damn you all to hell."

*Superchunk guitarist and Petry student Jim Wilbur graduated from Fairfield University in 1986. During my first week of class in 1992, Petry brought in a postcard he received from Wilbur from a tour stop in Europe. I found this 1995 interview in which Wilbur cites two of his heroes:

Question: Who were your "heroes" or role models if you could name just a couple?
SupChunk (Jim): Walter Petry. Jackie-Earle Haley. That's about it.

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The Genius List. #006: Stephen Lea Sheppard

Harris Trinsky, geek.

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The Genius List. #005: Mario Batali

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"I think eskimos are smug."

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Tuesday, April 08, 2003


The Genius List. #003-004: Joel & Ethan Coen

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The Genius List. #002: Amy Poehler

A reason to watch.

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Business is very food.

Punch-Drunk Love on DVD, 24 June 2003.

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The Genius List, first in a series. #001: Ricky Jay

Strange things happen all the time.

Bowling for Con Men.

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Sopranos 5.0.

"You should she zhe uzher guy!"

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Here is a clip to put in between every song on that new iPod.

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Quo Vadimus.

Dana: Is your name--?

Mysterious Stranger: Stop talking.

Dana: All right. I just need your water. (grabs the glass in front of him and downs it in one gulp)

Mysterious Stranger: That was a gin martini.

Dana: Yes. I know that now. Is your name Calvin Trager?

Mysterious Stranger (Trager): Yes.

Dana: There was something that was big, and you invented something that made it small.

Trager: Yes.

Dana: You own Quo Vadimus.

Trager: Yes.

Dana: You bought Continental Corp?

Trager: Turns out I picked up a few more shares of stock, yeah.

Dana: Why didn't you tell me?

Trager: I just wrote a check for 18 billion dollars, Dana. My scouting says you don't keep a secret so good.

Dana: I can change.

Trager: Yeah... well, we're going to work on that.

Dana: We're going to work on it?

Trager: Yeah.

Dana: You're keeping the station?

Trager: Yeah.

Dana: (looking faint, hopeful) You're keeping the show?

Trager: Yeah. It's a good show, Dana. Anybody who can't make money off Sports Night should get out of the money-making business.

Dana: (pause, breathless) I don't know what to say.

Trager: (looking at TV over bar) Your show is on.

Dana: (pause) That's right! (laughing tearfully) My show is on. My show is on! My show is on! (runs out) My show is *on*!

(Back in the studio, Dan and Casey are doing the show. The mood is still depressed.)

Casey: (on air) With the 0-2 pitch from Fin McAllister, and smoke! Take a seat, sir, you've been brought down by the fast ball. McAllister's fifth save of the season, coming at the expense of a .383 hitter. We're gonna take a break. You're watching Sports Night on CSC-we'll be right back.

Dave: We're out.

Chris: Sixty seconds back.

(Everyone sits in glum silence)

Jeremy: Hey, let's here some chatter in here. We're still doing a show tonight.

Elliot: Jeremy's right. (pause) So how are you, Jeremy?

Jeremy: (pause) Okay, let's not do the chatter.

Chris: Sound 2 standing.

Will: Denver's up.

Dave: You've got Katie.

Kim: 30 seconds live.

Dave: (as Dana dashes back in) Stand by 1, 4, 4.

Chris: Standing.

Natalie: Dana?

Dana: I'm back.

Natalie: What's going on?

Dana: I need a headset.

Natalie: Dana!

Dana: (into headset) Dan, Casey....

(In the studio, Dan and Casey listen to Dana. Unbelieving, relieved grins break across their faces just as they're going back on the air)

Dave: In three, two...

Dan: (on air) Well, looks like we're stuck with each other for a little while. Let's go to the American League.

Casey: (on air, still a little dazed) Yes, we are. (pause, then laughs) Going to the American League.

Chris: (as everyone, now happy, gets back into the swing of things) Stand by sound 20.

Will: FX-5, 6 and 6a.

Dave: 6a standing.

Tech Woman: Let me see the chyron on four.

Jeremy: I got tape working on Oakland.

Natalie: Hold it for the 50s and keep it tight.

Jeremy: How tight?

Natalie: Twenty second clips over the shoulder.

Kim: And I need to preview Denver.

Elliot: Coming up.

Dana: All right. Here we go. (Isaac lays a hand on her shoulder, and she kisses it)

Casey: (on air) ... as they welcome the Tigers into the House that Ruth Built this evening.

Dan: (on air) Excuse me, Casey, but Ruth didn't build the house this evening, did he?

Casey: (on air) No, Dan, and thank you for correcting my every mistake, no matter how small, oh, these many years.

Dan: (on air) What are friends for?

Casey: (on air) Annoying the hell outta you?

Dan: (on air) Exactly! Elsewhere in the AL East, the Bluejays lead the Orioles in a rare day game, first baseman....


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