I was one of the most sober/probs the only nearly sober person at KalCun last night and still feel like absolute death today. Good job Kalamazoo. #compound
That is extremely good shit
things will never be the same again
“There are professional thrills and there are professional thrills, but I am extra especially thrilled to report that FSG is going to be publishing John Darnielle’s novel, Wolf in White Van, this fall. John is famous for his work with the Mountain Goats, and I suspect that none of the many fans who know his lyrics and have heard his stories will be surprised by the revelation that his is a genuinely literary mind. And it’s true—Wolf in White Van emphatically proves that his imagination and voice are at least as at home on the page as they are in song.
There are many things worth singling out for praise in Wolf in White Van:the unforgettable main character, Sean Phillips, who has been isolated by a disfiguring injury since age seventeen; Trace Italian, the intricate game within the novel that Sean created and runs; the interplay of real and imagined worlds, which is both complex and heartbreaking; the structure of the storytelling—audacious, brilliant, and never anything but convincing and unreasonably suspenseful; the prose itself, which is precise and beautiful and (forgive me) lyrical.”
Read more from editor Sean McDonald about Wolf in White Van here.
so here is a thing that is happening in my life that I am really incredibly excited about
Planes, Trains & Automobiles is by far my favorite John Hughes film and it also happens to be my favorite John Candy performance. It’s one of those films that when you first see it, you realize it is good, but later it lingers with you and you realize it is truly great. Roger Ebert said:
“The buried story engine of “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” is not slowly growing friendship or odd-couple hostility (devices a lesser film might have employed), but empathy. It is about understanding how the other guy feels.
Del, we feel, was born with empathy. He instinctively identifies with Neal’s problems. He is genuinely sorry to learn he stole his cab. He is quick to offer help when their flight is diverted to Wichita, Kan., and there are no hotel rooms available. Neal, on the other hand, depends on his credit cards and self-reliance. He wants to make his own plans, book his own room, rent his own car. He spends the movie trying to peel off from Del, and failing; Del spends the movie having his feelings hurt and then coming through for Neal anyway.”
"One night a few years after "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" was released, I came upon John Candy (1950-1994) sitting all by himself in a hotel bar in New York, smoking and drinking, and we talked for a while. We were going to be on the same TV show the next day. He was depressed. People loved him, but he didn’t seem to know that, or it wasn’t enough. He was a sweet guy and nobody had a word to say against him, but he was down on himself. All he wanted to do was make people laugh, but sometimes he tried too hard, and he hated himself for doing that in some of his movies. I thought of Del. There is so much truth in the role that it transforms the whole movie."
Planes, Trains & Automobiles is one of the rare films that makes me cry every time. When John Candy delivers his speech:
“You wanna hurt me? Go right ahead if it makes you feel any better. I’m an easy target. Yeah, you’re right, I talk too much. I also listen too much. I could be a cold-hearted cynic like you… but I don’t like to hurt people’s feelings. Well, you think what you want about me; I’m not changing. I like… I like me. My wife likes me. My customers like me. ‘Cause I’m the real article. What you see is what you get.”
and at the end we find him alone at the L stop and he admits his wife has been dead for years is such a fucking gut punch. A lesser actor/person would have totally botched this scene, but in the end it is one of my favorite moments in film.
"Architecture isn’t about creating monuments; it is about creating the places and spaces where people spend their lives. That is why, in addition to our esteemed jury, the A+ Awards also has a public voting component."- Marc Kushner explains why the public voting component of the A+ Awards is so significant.
Vote now for your favorite buildings, like the one above by Zaha Hadid.
It is perfect. The shower and kitchen are the perfect size. It would be a dream to have a tiny home which also incorporated a large sized bathtub for two.
All I really care about it tiny houses and building one when I move south
PULLING YOUR FACE CLOSER