(specifically, what I think will happen) Best Picture - The King’s Speech Best Director - David Fincher in The Social Network Best Actor - Colin Firth in The King’s Speech Best Actress - Natalie Portman in Black Swan Best Supporting Actor - Christian Bale in The FIghter Best Supporting Actress - Melissa Leo in The Fighter Best Original Screenplay - David Seidler for The...
Detroit public schools to have sixty-student... →
To balance the books, the state has ordered the school district to close half its schools, doubling the current class-size of thirty. I can neither imagine how they will physically fit all the students in those rooms nor how anyone could possibly teach them.
Please DON'T go see I am Number Four this weekend
After the whole A Million Little Pieces debacle died down, James Frey started Full Fathom Five, a fiction factory that preys on aspiring writers so hungry for shelf-space that they’ll write a whole novel for $250 (and 40% of whatever number James Frey decides to pull out of his ass). Working together, Frey and the author would develop a high-concept (e.g. simple premise), paint-by-numbers...
The money that has apparently been doled out by Kabul Bank to Afghan officials...– Dexter Filkins (of The Forever War fame) writing about banking corruption in the Afghan government. The whole essay is very The Wire-like, covering a unit formed to follow the Taliban money that ended up finding all sorts of governmental corruption.
How do you feel about death? Does the inevitable termination of your existence...– “Watson, the Jeopardy! supercomputer, sizes up one of his opponents before the show” by Daniel Yudkin
"The Moral Crusade Against Foodies" by B.R. Myers →
From The Atlantic comes a survey and criticism of many of the values underlying foodie culture… sort of. Myers tries to make two arguments: that foodie culture is morally wrong to ignore the ethics of eating (i.e. rare and cruelly-prepared animals), and that they are immoral in being gluttons about food generally. This would, of course, be the same B.R. Myers that famously decried modern...
Things I have done to try and enjoy reading Chuck...
Received a xeroxed copy of one of his essays for a non-fiction writing workshop Discussed it in class, only marginally engaged with the essay or discussion Read the entirety of Sex, Drugs, and Coco Puffs Re-read parts Carefully discussed it with two close friends and one future fiancee, practically begging them to tell me how to like him Read Eating the Dinosaur Starting with “that...
One of the best video games of the late ’90s - and one of the funniest games of all time - has finally been updated for modern consoles. Welcome back, You Don’t Know Jack.
On the new Gawker design, and why it is a...
I wrote this on the new Gawker design in an email to a friend, and figured it was good enough to post on the real internet: The Big Problem in online publishing, I think, is figuring out if there’s a new way to orient users within a publishing stream. in the Old Days of print publishing, this was pretty simple: you came out with a daily issue, could physically orient yourself within that...
softcastle-mccormick asked: if you could pick a super power, which one would you choose?
as journalists move back and forth with increasing regularity between mainstream...– Felix Salmon, in an aside to rounding up three takes on the latest Madoff news twist.
Finally, a terror alert system I can get behind.
Books I read in January 2011
The Maytrees by Annie Dillard The American Revolution by Gordon S. Wood Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick Stoner by John Williams The Known World by Edward P. Jones I really really enjoyed Stoner. That said, The Known World as good or even better. It’s not quite my favorite of the two, but it is likely a “better” book. It sounds like...