Saturday, November 21, 2009


Hello, readers.

Today a movie comes out which chronicles the bestial woes of a fanged and furry love triangle. That sentence ended in a strange, naughty place. Sometimes sentences do that. It's nobody's fault.

In any case, other newsy things are happening today besides that.

Here are a three.

There's a new literary history of America called, A New Literary History of America. It's edited by Greil Marcus and Werner Sollors. Phyllis Wheatley, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Tarzan, among others, make an appearance in the volume's some 1000 pages. Co-editor Greil Marcus said they understood from the beginning that it would be about the "different ways in which America has explained itself to itself." Nice to know literary critics share mine, and Stephen Colbert's view, that America is, if nothing else, a remarkable practitioner of rationalization.

A bird sabotaged the Large Hadron Collider recently by dropping a baguette on a nearby power station. Presumably this was an attempt by some future super-intelligent bird species to travel back in time and save the world. Only time will tell.

Also, Ray Bradbury has written a Christmas musical.

Here is a clip from another movie not at all about any sort of fanged, or furry, triangles. It's about working boys, social justice, and cool hats. Happy weekend, readers.