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"Before you know it as the years go by, you're just like other people you have seen, with all those peculiar human ailments. Just another vehicle for temper and vanity and rashness and all the rest. Who wants it? Who needs it? These things occupy the place where a man's soul should be." -- Henderson the Rain King

Friday, February 22, 2008

Black Mountain Again

Posted about these guys before, but I couldn't horde this gem in good conscious:

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2021: An Aviation Records Compilation

If you can track down a copy of 2021: An Aviation Records Compilation, I'd highly recommend it. Picked it up a few weeks ago and it's one of the best compilations I've heard in a long time. Plays like a great mix tape from a friend who knows their stuff.

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Kafka

Book #7 on my reading list was Robert Crumb & David Mairowitz's Kafka.

Part biography, part literary criticism, and part comic, Kafka is an interesting view into the mind of Kafka and the surroundings that influenced his works. Plus it's a chance to see Crumb draw the bug from Metamorphisis and Josef K. in The Trial. How can you beat that?


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Saturday, February 16, 2008

McSweeney's #25

Book #6 this year was McSweeney's #25.

Skipping the opportunity for a self congraulatory pat-on-the-back, issue #25 is vintage McSweeney's: interesting short stories packaged in beautiful binding. Highlights for me included: Connor Kilpatrick's "Yuri", Steven Millhauser's parable "The Tower", Chloe Hooper's "A Death in Custody" and Padgett Powell!!!!'s "No Empress Eyes".

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Sunday, February 10, 2008

Shortcomings

Book #5 on my '08 list was Adrian Tomine's Shortcomings.

Like a great short story with pictures Shortcomings is everything a graphic novel (or comic if you prefer) should be. Great writing, clean illustration...good stuff.

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Tuesday, February 05, 2008

The Nimrod Flipout

Book #4 on my reading list this year was The Nimrod Flipout a short story collection by Etgar Keret.

My review: Meh.

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Sunday, February 03, 2008

Lolita

Oh man this is classic. Reminds me of the old Chevy Nova and Gerber marketing stories.

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Black Mountain

It may only be FebRuary, but Black Mountain's In the Future is already a strong contender for my top album of 2008. You can check out a video of Druganaut from their stellar debut below. Also check out Tyrants (mp3), but beware that this is an album which sounds a gazillion times better when cranked to ten on a nice stereo system.

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Saturday, February 02, 2008

Blue Velvet

Film #7 for me this year was Blue Velvet

My NetFlix rating: 4.5 stars
Jamie says: Classic
RIYL: David Lynch


Rotten Tomatoes reviews
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