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Ballast, John McCain’s reptile tongue.
October 1, 2008, 10:08 am
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Please note that there is a link to an Otis Redding song at the bottom of this post. I just can’t listen to it until I paste some of these links. Such is the power of my work computer…

– Personal update: I have finally submitted my entry to the Virginia Quarterly Review‘s young book reviewers contest. I am very tired but look forward to having a social life again. Or, not having a social life, and reading a new book.

Ballast, the debut, Sundance-award winning film by Lance Hammer, is out in New York today. These reviews are worth scanning for a couple reasons: the film sounds a decent amount like George Washington, one of the better debut films of the decade (hypnotic tone, haltingly beautiful photography, etc.); and its director turned down distribution through IFC (the studio that’s doing simultaneous theatrical and on-demand cable releases) and opted to release the film himself. Just the sort of underdog behavior we’re taking a shying to these days. And we always crush on Manohla Dargis at the Times when she has a crush on a movie.

– At the awesome election polling blog FiveThirtyEight – yeah, nerd alert – Sean Quinn uses his knowledge of poker to psychoanalyze John McCain’s peculiar “tongue jut.” Easily the most unusual post I’ve ever encountered on this site.

– For its 25th anniversary, Vanity Fair is making lots of lists. Here, vote for one of the 25 best book covers (ever, not of the past 25 years, which we don’t understand). Honestly, half of these are kind of ugly, but they get better as you scroll down. (It’s also worth noting that there’s probably never been a greater disparity between how awesome a book cover is and how bad the book is than with Augusten Burroughs’ latest memoir. The phrase “latest memoir” should not exist.)

– In a bit of political maneuvering that I support, Apple is “threatening” to shut down the iTunes store if they have to pay higher royalties. That they’re willing to use their clout to aid a cause that will benefit lots and lots of websites is heartening.

– At the Village Voice, Rob Harvilla nails the problem with bands playing albums front-to-back, especially their best albums. Case in point: Built to Spill.

– And wow, listening to Otis Redding this early is really not good for my a.m. hypersensitivity problem. I’m gonna go find a hankie.

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I have always loved the cover of Gatsby, maybe because I have always loved Gatsby. You’re right- it is strange to have the original cover of the Wonderful Wizard of Oz (the lion in glasses gets me every time!) in the running along side Less Than Zero.

Comment by Rachel

another good tongue jut video:

go 538!

Comment by Tito




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