Friday, August 29, 2003

Dropping the Bomb on Fargo Rock City

I read Chuck Klosterman's Fargo Rock City a couple of years ago and thought it was ok, but nothing to write home about. A memoir about growing up in North Dakota and listening to hair metal in the 80s, it was sort of refreshing in its unapologetic toneā€¦ Klosterman likes the music he likes, dammit, and he's not ashamed of it. It wasn't spectacularly well-written, and I did sort of get embarassed for the guy when he'd occasionally drift off into bragging about being a borderline alcoholic, but all in all I liked the book more than I disliked it.

Well, Klosterman has a new book out, and it seems to be ruffling some feathers. This review borders on hysterical hatchet-job status. I'm kind of amazed. Even with my misgivings about the guy, I don't know if he merits this sort of full-on attack and subsequent retreat to Moscow.
It's That Time of Year Again...

Although I used to find him grating and annoying, Sport's Illustrated's Dr. Z has a fairly entertaining preview of the upcoming season. Just a few years ago, I couldn't stand the guy. Now I think that if every sportswriter covering the NFL was as mellow and thoughtful as he is, I could really get back into football.

For the past couple of years, I've tried to muster the old NFL interest, but it always fades by Halloween. We'll see what happens this year. The more I think about it, I don't think I've watched a Super Bowl in five or six years, and I try not to think aboutthe last one I watched- not so much because of the game itself, but because I ate like twenty chicken wings in one sitting, and hoo boy, that's not good for you.

Thursday, August 28, 2003

The Worst Town in America

The Washington Post at its investigative best as a reporter struggles to find the worst town in America. Actually, I think he's wrong; the crown should go to Herman, NE. But he's close enough.

You may need to register with the WashPo to read, but it's free and relatively painless.

Wednesday, August 27, 2003

I Wish I Could Make This Up

I know I'm probably just helping them by posting this, but some spam is just too amazing not to share... I swear, I couldn't make this up if I tried:

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Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2003 21:45:36 -0400 (EST)
To: Keith Pille
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Tuesday, August 26, 2003

Napalm and Silly Putty

I've been reading up on my George Carlin lately. And damn, that guy can be funny. Not always (sometimes he tries too hard for the offensive humor bit, stumbles, and winds up just being offensive), but often enough to make him very, very worthwhile.

It looks to me like the guy's books are largely transcriptions of his standup material. That's a little disappointing, but whatever- if he wrote it, he can do whatever he wants with it. And the stuff's still funny, even if some of the syntax reads a little awkwardly and would probably flow a little better if you heard it spoken.

It's very clear from his comedy that Carlin's an intelligent guy who puts a lot of thought into what he says; even when it's scatalogical, it's highly-calculated scatology. But when you read these interviews,* it becomes pretty clear that a lot of the corrosive humor is based on some pretty deep outrage. Despite all of the dick jokes, he appears to be a frustrated idealist.

Sort of like my man Hunter Thompson.

* Two notes on that second interview: 1. The Onion AV Club is actually better reading than the Onion itself, and that's saying something; even if you have never heard of the person they interview, the interviews are almost always worth reading, and their music and film criticism is dead-on. 2. Don't be surprised if this link craps on on tuesday afternoons and Wednesday mornings, when the Onion's servers are being hammered.