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Friday, April 9, 2010

The death of a punk icon

Malcolm McLaren, the impresario/artist/businessman/promoter who helped fashion, name, and promote the Sex Pistols, died today at the age of 64. Though I can't say as though I know much about his career after the Pistols, just his contributions to punk music alone deserve a moment of reflection.

You can read more about him here.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Life ain't fair, especially the writing life

After considerable internal debate I've decided to just go ahead to post this story about James Franco's short story "Just Before The Black", getting published in Esquire. As a fledgling author myself of course it gets my goat that any ole' celebrity can get a book deal, but with Lauren Conrad, Hillary Duff, et. al. getting six-figure book deals to publish crappy books in genres I hardly respect to begin with*, I suppose I find it a little less irksome for a good actor (with more formal writing training than me**) to try his hand at literary fiction. I guess you could say my final judgement on this is a *sad face shrug* since it's hardly revelatory for celebrities to get a leg up on us average joes.

After all, life ain't fair. All we can do is keep on writing and perfecting our craft. Heck, that's all anyone can do.

To read the story click here.

*E.g. Tell-alls, YA chick-lit (assuming it's simply a gossip-fest boy gets girl craptacular. Stories about real women, on the other hand, are beautiful and are as deserving of respect as anything else), Inspirational.
**James Franco has all sorts of degrees and is both a great actor and an interesting person. I find it hard to muster too much disgust for someone at the top of their game trying their hand at other things and doing the work to be good at it.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Lady GaGa as savior of long-form music video: Owen Gleiberman talks about stuff

Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly offers an interesting take on Lady GaGa's recent video for "Telephone".

I don't normally go for electro-pop but I have to admit there is something intriguing about GaGa. She's a force of nature right now, and it'll be curious to see where she goes over the long haul.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Alternative 1985

Alexander Rubens is an author and humorist living in LA whose blog, Alternative 1985, is filled to the brim with everything from ruminations about the relative worth of The Fifth Element to urinal design. But no matter what he's yacking about it's always interesting, witty, and spot on.

You can check out his blog here.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Why do we like making things up?

This is a pretty important question to writers, and one that Lisa Zunshine from University of Kentucky is attempting to answer using psychology and cognitive theory. Patricia Cohen of the New York Times has more here.