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Saturday, February 8, 2003
Glenda, the Plan 9 Bunny

Keep the Aspidistra Flying

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Friday, February 7, 2003
Totakeke 007.mp3 - K.K. Salsa (via SE)

The Hellers - Creative Freakout (via a.whole)

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Thursday, February 6, 2003
SEA OAK by George Saunders (via ftrain)

JON by George Saunders (via boing boing)

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Wednesday, February 5, 2003
lynyrd skynyrd

... the thing about the South is that it's all based on the rise they get out of others. If no one gave a shit if the stars and bars were ever flown anywhere, it would just kind of fall down and die, but there's such an aggressive loser culture down here that as long as people disapprove of their actions, they'll feel like they're accomplishing something. That stuff about Neil Young is very much in that vein. They only feel alive if "defending" the "honor" of the south from outsiders-- even if it's eccentric Canadian songwriters that really couldn't care less about the South. Otherwise, they're slumped in a easy chair with a beer in a trailer, depressed and wondering if they should go kick the dog.

manual

The beautiful thing about music for me is that it doesn't tell a story in the same way as literature and movies-- it's very passive. People are always afraid of stories with no points-- an example could be some aspects of David Lynch movies. For me, music is the pure and unspoiled way of telling those stories. It's like nature. Things don't have to be explained and pointed out; you don't need to know the rules of bending light to enjoy a rainbow.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2003
the correspondents

I am completely driven by fear in everything I do. I did plays, and then I went and worked on a kids' TV show called Wishbone on PBS about a Jack Russell terrier that teaches children about classic literature. It's really practical. [Laughter.] It was a fun show to work on. And then I became a consulting editor for a magazine called Perfect 10, which is the only magazine that features models without breast implants [exclusively]. It's very eco-friendly. After that... I'm a big history buff, so I started driving around the country visiting the homes and gravesites of past presidents, and I couldn't sell any of the articles I was writing about them. I had met a couple of great characters that worked at the more marginal presidents' homes, one of whom was a guy who was obsessed with Florence Harding, Warren Harding's wife. He's so obsessed with her that he dresses up as her and gives tours of the house, and what was great about it was that it wasn't like a shticky drag-queen act. He was really good at what he did, and knew what he was doing. Eventually, it was going to become all of Ohio's eight first ladies, but he's still on Ida Saxton McKinley right now. I brought his story... Everybody has committed at least one betrayal to get this job, and this was mine, because I set out to write an article that didn't happen, but when I brought his story to The Daily Show with a couple of others, they hired me. They hired me as much for my stories as for anything else, because I had no tape on myself. That was my audition, and the story that made them decide to keep me.

a conversation

Right now I've finished a 53-page screen story/treatment for a film project called The End of Gravity for European director Andrei Ujica and I'm scheduled to write the screenplay this autumn. The film is scheduled to be shot, in part, aboard the International Space Station, which sounds like idle wishful thinking except for the fact that Andrei Ujica has already made one film in space Out of the Present -- shot aboard MIR in 1992-94, and several of the same cosmonaut-videographers are scheduled to shoot this film. The End of Gravity is not a documentary, however, but a fictional story which includes homages to 2001: A Space Odyssey and Solaris.

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Monday, February 3, 2003

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Sunday, February 2, 2003
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We relive the memories that we've probably told each other before. But neither of us can remember. It feels good to talk about them, but it would feel so much better if he would get off of his lazy ass and absorb this miracle of the internet and write his thoughts. We could both read them over and over again. We could try to find the truth. We could edit out the figments and get to the core.

This talk talk talk talk on the phone is just wasted time. We have no record of it. We will not remember it the next time we speak. Why not record the thoughts so that we can go back and fine tune them? Take out what's wrong? Replace it with the correct thing? The meaningful thing we need in order to make sense of it all?

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"I just got back from a Speedo shoot in Maui. Who are you?"

To which I replied, "God. But only when speaking to Charles Manson. I find it establishes a firm power relationship that makes me feel secure in my fragile little life. He thinks he's Jesus and so I'm God and we get along fine in the prison atmosphere."

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Saturday, February 1, 2003
you can only ever wipe on one side (via haddock)

"As a child, and to a lesser extent today, I used to get pleasure from holding in my stools, and holding them in for as long as possible before the pain set in. The feeling was somewhat like a madam tickling your sphincter with a feather. My preferred method was to kneel down with my arms wrapped around a footstool, or pouffe. During one such session, I remember being surprised by something, and a tiny marble sized ball of poo slipped out into my knickers. When I stood up to check, it rolled out and went under my bed. I obviously didn't try to get it out, that would mean touching a poo with my hands. Additionally, I thought it might deter monsters. To the best of my knowledge, it is still there, 20 years later."

pikachu as he is is wrong (via haddock)

In the unlikely event that cartoons and humans should interact, cartoons shall be reverential towards humans, who are after all their creators and lords.

also there's a new lynne ramsay movie! and a microphones album :D

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