Thursday, July 22, 2010

A Link to the Past (?)

It's been a long week for some reason and I am just about ready to get to the weekend.  I will be back next week with some thoughts on Ryan Adams as well as, hopefully, two new podcasts for you all to take a listen to.  However, in order to take you through the weekend, here are a few links for you all to check out in your free time/boredom time at work, or in that hungover period when you don't quite want to drink water and eat breakfast yet and would like to kill some time.  This is all for you.

- The New Yorker put out their Best 20 Writers Under 40 last month and Gary Shteyngart was on that list.  He recently did an interview with the New York Times that is quite worth reading I must say.  You can check it out here.

- In some Conde Nast news (wink, wink), GQ did an interview with Bull Murray that they have made available on their website.  Of course, Murray is hilarious through much of the interview, although he does waver on dickhead/hipster doofus boundaries in some areas.  The best thing about Bill Murray is that even when he is sending off those type of vibes, some part of you has to think that he is doing it completely on purpose.  Take a look.

- Of course, this Sunday we all know that Season 4 of Mad Men will be coming on the air.  This is a moment that I have been waiting for basically since last November.  I've been reading advance reviews of the first episode and if you aren't afraid of spoilers, check out this review on

- My good friend, sometime editor, and most valued creative soundboard when it comes to writing, Alex Ramsdell, recently reminded me of this writer, Nicholson Baker, who our fiction teacher, Steven Millhauser, mentioned when we were in college.  Some of these novels are ones  that I intend to read, because they sound like novels that I myself would write. 

- My good friend, Janelle Sing, pointed me in the direction of some of these designers who she recently met at a trade show this week.  She may be working with them sometime soon.  Now, I may work for a fashion magazine, but that doesn't mean I know much about it.  Janelle does, so I'd check out the following: Taylor Supply, Baron Wells, Schott NYCErnest Alexander, and Crisp NYC.

- In other news about the fall, the Walkmen will be coming out with their next album Lisbon. I have been scouring the internet to find out more information about the album and it turns out, a few more of the tracks have been released.  Here are all four of the released tracks in one place.  Please enjoy them as much as I have been.

- In the wake of the LeBron Decision, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Charles Barkley have all publicly criticized LeBron, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh for playing together.  Here is a smart rebuke of Magic Johnson's criticism.  And here is an interesting TrueHoop article about Michael Jordan's complaint.

- In some other blog/bookish sort of interest, here is today's Blogger Blog of Note.  It is a website that analyzes and comments on different book covers. Actually a very interesting blog to check out.  Take a look at the Caustic Cover Critic.

- Finally, here is a terrific article I found while looking up this William Blake quote:

"a female descends to meet her lover or husband, representative of that love called friendship, which looks for no other heaven than the beloved, and in him sees all reflected as in a glass of eternal diamond."

The article doesn't have very much to do with that quote other than William Blake may be mentioned once.  But it is a thought provoking article that gives some good analysis of Stendhal, which we rarely see so often these days. As well as play with some notions of modern romanticism. It may be a little didactic, but I think its overall optimism in the end gives it a bit of charm or at least an endearing quality.  Take a read right here.

Alright, my Puddlers, that's it, that's all I've got for you this week.  Enjoy the weekend.  Try to stay cool.  Have a few cocktails, read some kind of good fiction and be sure to enjoy Mad Men in the coolness of however you keep your home cool this Sunday evening.

I've never met you but I love you. 

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