Friday, January 30, 2004

It Would Have Been a Good Story Regardless

But the poignant little scooter makes it a classic.

Thursday, January 29, 2004

Scene from the future

Spouse: What do you mean you got fired from your job?
You: Well, you see there was this game involving a yeti and a penguin and a club...

(thanks to the inevitable Dave Barry)

Monday, January 26, 2004

Political Insight Few Will Get

Joe Lieberman is the Charles Grigsby of the 2004 race.

Friday, January 23, 2004

Just wow.
Miss Othmar Lives

I wrote this piece that appears on McSweeney's today. I hope you like it.

Thursday, January 22, 2004

Nice People

David Frum is a nice person. I interviewed him today as I hosted Weekday on a local public radio station.

Tuesday, January 20, 2004

It's Still a Perfectly Good Question.

What have you done for Janet Jackson lately?

Friday, January 16, 2004

The O'Neill Book

Sorry, I mean the Suskind book. Suskind Suskind Suskind. Suskind wrote it. Anyway, so this O'Neill book (which I reviewed for a Large Internet Bookseller) is, I think, really really good. Well written, provocative, even kind of fun. But I was baffled by the now-famous "blind man in a room full of deaf people" quote. I was all like what the hell does that mean. Slate's Michael Kinsley, however, was more eloquently baffled in his quasi-review:
I'm sorry, but how is being uninterested in policy like being a blind man in a roomful of deaf people? Are blind people uninterested in policy? Or, more accurately, do blind people become less interested in policy when they find themselves in a room with deaf people? Does a blind man surrounded by deaf people talking policy issues think: "Oh, hell. These folks are going to go on and on and on about the problems of deaf people. Who needs that? I've got problems of my own." Is that O'Neill's point? And even if there is something about a room full of deaf people that makes a blind man disengage from policy issues, what does this have to do with President Bush and his Cabinet?

Wednesday, January 14, 2004

You should read this book. I reviewed it for a large online book seller. But you should read it. It's really really good. It's about swimming but it's really not about swimming at all. It's about perseverance. But it never comes out and says that. It just says it's about swimming. And it's about how horrifyingly grody the Nile can be.

Read the book!

Tuesday, January 13, 2004

Another reason to love baseball

Finally the most entertaining players in the game have been codified in one handy article.

Do you suppose...

That the male former singer of The Sugarcubes walks around his Reykjavik apartment in his own crudely fashioned swam unitard and wonders where it all went wrong?
It doesn't come up often with my name...

but this is not me! Not me!

(though I can't help loving his sample line provided:
1. Harry looked dazedly down at the smoking revolver in his right hand. "My God, did I do that?"
- Untitled, fiction (sample) )

Monday, January 05, 2004

Game On

So All Things Considered on NPR ran a report last week about the trouble with online research, pointing to a student who thought Tito Puente was the former ruler of Yugoslavia (Marshall Tito). The hosts went on to suggest other world leader/musician combos: Don Ho Chi Minh, Ray Charles Taylor, and Lil' Kim Jong Il. I kind of like Lil' Jim Jong Il.

Well, game on.

Tony Blairnaked Ladies
Valery Giscard-D'eSting
Vladimir Putincubus
Andrew Jackson 5
SugarChurchill Gang
Fidel Amitri Castro
Charles Mugabe City Rollers
Jacques Chiracpile
Pervez Musharroffspring
Abraham Lincoln Park
Jean Chretienya
Tony Toni Tone' Blair

I'll try to think up some more.

Late entries from Sam Goldberg:

Nat King Helmut Kohl
B.B. King Abdullah II
Yassir AraFat Joe
Ariel-Supply Sharon
50-VinCente Fox
Beyon-Tse Tung
Saddam Hussein Clown Posse
Mikhail GWARbechev

Friday, January 02, 2004


I fear that all these signatures will merely be like specks of... I don't know,, like, a breeze.

Passing The Time...
Until the Beastie Boys release new material, I spend time here.