Quo Vadimus

Saturday, October 18, 2003


You laughed, you're a co-conspirator.

I think when he sees the movie he will be amused.

posted by Linus | 4:38 PM

Friday, October 17, 2003


Boy and beast.

Wow. Steve on McSweeney's.

Esselle just crossed that off on his list of "Things I'd Like To See".

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"Why'd you do it, sweetie? After all these years? I'm the one who played with you, took care of you, snuggled and fed you. And yes, I suppose, clothed you. But our natures were there on stage hanging out, my soft neck and your sharp teeth. Remember sweetie, the night I introduced you? It was your first time on stage, I said. The audience shivered with apprehension. The next night I introduced you with the same line and the audience shivered again, so we kept it in. Just between you me and Siegfried. We're magicians: we fool the audience for their own pleasure."

"I knew somehow it was coming; it wasn't to be bred out of you. You told me so in the Secret Garden. But I wanted to believe that I had reached you. And I loved you so much it was convenient to think that you
wouldn't turn."

"I would like to vanish you one more time, wave my hand with illusory power, us working together, boy and beast. Seconds later to reappear on the other side of the stage, you in the box with the light and the smoke, you far on the other side of the stage, though not near Siegfried, near me. Don't take him, Montecore, take me, because I'm the one who played with you, took care of you, snuggled and fed you."
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Steve Martin's most recent book is "The Pleasure of My Company," available from Hyperion.

posted by Linus | 7:37 AM


Fun Movie News. #030:

Photo gallery for the upcoming Coen brothers film, The Ladykillers.

Check out the original. Guinness and Sellars. It's a hoot.

posted by Linus | 7:22 AM

Thursday, October 16, 2003


The latest danger sport that combines the thrills of an extreme outdoor activity with the satisfaction of a well pressed shirt.

posted by Linus | 9:33 PM

Wednesday, October 15, 2003


Telly Alert. #009:

Second Hand Stories (PBS, check your local listings!)

S/FJ wants you to watch this. Seems like a reasonable request. I enjoyed Wilcha's The Target Shoots First (this is supposed to air again on the Sundance Channel sometime this fall; DVD in '04).

Here is Mike D'Angelo's review:

"As noted below, I don't usually review movies that I see on video, but I'm willing to make an exception for movies that were shot on video, and doubly willing in the case of a personal-essay film as thoroughly engaging as Wilcha's account of his time as a drone in Columbia House's marketing department, circa the 'Alternative Explosion' of 1993-94. It's not as incisive as it might have been -- what thematic interest there is exists almost entirely in Wilcha's retrospective voiceover, rather than in the footage itself -- but you still get a sense of how absurdly ugly it can be when a corporate monolith attempts to harness rebellious energy for commercial gain, plus a cautionary tale of good intentions that unexpectedly backfired. But I'm making it sound all heavy and angst-y, when in fact it's funny as hell; Wilcha's co-workers, mostly disaffected artist-types, have a sarcastic aside for every occasion ("May I call you 'Ooo'? For 'Oh Omniscient One'?"), and it's a blast watching a group of snot-posed punks revamp a catalog feature called 'More Music Now' into 'More Music Mao.'"

posted by Linus | 5:53 AM

Tuesday, October 14, 2003


Fear and Loathing in Smurf Village.

You can guess the rest.

posted by Linus | 11:56 AM


Disciplinary action.

I was certain that Pedro vs. Zimmer would feature the best takedown of Saturday, October 11th, but there's some competition! Behold, Huston vs. "The Fan".

posted by Linus | 11:40 AM

Monday, October 13, 2003


Quentin was just outside of the lens and I clobbered him.

Battle Royale is highly recommended.

Also: I was walking down the hall at work today and realized that I was whistling Bernard Hermann's Twisted Nerve theme. I lacked an eye patch or juicy syringe, but I did imagine that I was somehow being viewed in DePalma-y split screen.

posted by Linus | 7:26 PM


The Brown Bunny. #019:

Roger can't be stopped!

From Ebert's 10/5/03 "Movie Answer Man" column:

Q. I have been following with great amusement the "Brown Bunny" imbroglio. Now, Vosges Haut-Chocolat, a chocolate store in Chicago, has introduced the "Vincent Gallo truffle." I had a sample and it is delicious, a blend of cheese, walnut and chocolate. It's also bigger than their other truffles.

Vosges' Web site describes it as "arresting in its visual shape." The owner of Vosges, Katrina Markhoff, said in her monthly e-mail to Vosges members that she knows Mr. Gallo and made the truffle for him.

Gelsey Kinsey, Chicago

A. Now the question is, how does Chloe Sevigny like it?

posted by Linus | 10:13 AM


An amusing choice of literature.

An alarming 20 mg.

Two words.*

"he pronopunce3d me on XANAX!"*

*You may have to register in order to view these threads, but it's worth it for the extensive back catalog of C Lo riffs.

posted by Linus | 8:08 AM