Friday, January 28, 2011

What's the word for the feeling when you're online doing something, and you have your gmail open, and you don't necessarily want to initiate contact and yet you yearn - yes, yearn - to hear, however informally, from your list of friends and family all lit up green on your sidebar, and so you manually - yes, manually - set your chat light to a corresponding shade signaling your availability (a rarity!) and yet . . . no one chats with you?

I believe the word is twitter.


Thursday, January 27, 2011

Initial casting of the movie version of FREEDOM, by Jonathan Franzen Part I.

Walter Berglund - A young Richard Dreyfuss

Patti Berglund - A middle aged Patricia Clarkson

Richard Katz - a tall Richard Lewis

Joey Berglund - a youngish Josh Hartnett

Connie - An anorexic Christina Ricci

Jessica Berglund - A Marilyn Manson-less Evan Rachel Wood

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Following a reading of Franzen's Freedom with the 1971/1972 book-length interview with Jerry Garcia is fun! To wit, Jerry Garcia on freedom:

That's the "freedom lie." There's been a lie about what freedom is and the big lie is that freedom means absolutely and utterly free, and it really doesn't mean anything of the sort. The case in point is when you have your own scene like that. Somebody comes in and they're free to move in, but likewise you're free to tell them to get out. Freedom is a premise that's been put forth that's been abused.
For any scene to work, along with that freedom there's implicit responsibility--you have to be doing something somewhere along the line--there is no free ride. And you have to know where you're going. It's helpful to have a scene that will indulge you long enough to let you find out. That's basically what our scene was doing and when people were coming into town and kicking around for a while, they'd learn the ropes, they'd learn how to work it on the street and how to do a little hustling during the day and just survive until they could find something they could really attach on to. That was the general story.

Friday, January 07, 2011

Proposed cast for potential film about the 1983 Braves

Dale Murphy: James Franco
Bob Horner: Will Ferrell
Steve Bedrosian: Sam Rockwell
Claudell Washington: Don Cheadle
Rafael Ramirez: Mos Def
Glenn Hubbard: Zack Galifinakis
Pete van Wieren: Bob Balaban
Mrs. van Wieren: Renee Russo
Skip Caray: William H. Macy
Chip Caray: Haley Joel Osment
Ted Turner: Paul Rudd
Gordon Soley: Richard Dreyfus
Mr. Wrestling II: Keifer Sutherland
Phil Niekro: Kevin Costner