Rants & Ramblings

random commentary about culture, media, politics, technology and whatnot.

books & literature

jan
11
2006

judge a book by its cover

Covers is a cool weblog/gallery featuring well-designed covers for current popular books. It’s a nice collection of interesting book covers, and the subtle mouseover effect on the thumbnails is rather nifty. It’s interesting to read the comments — like this …

jan
08
2006

audiobook download

I discovered this afternoon that the Arlington County Public Library offers a number of downloadable audiobooks for library members. The majority of the titles available are older works, but the catalog includes a good number of books I keep meaning …

dec
17
2005

i know your secret

After a busybusybusy couple of weeks, Rob and I decided to have a “date night” tonight, starting with dinner at Georgetown’s Pizzeria Pardiso. Afterward, we walked across the street to the former Staples that’s been converted into an art space, …

nov
22
2005

media consumption

Music Fate Is the Hunter by Kate Earl - I first heard Kate Earl’s music last week on a back-episode of the KCRW Morning Becomes Eclectic podcast. I liked what I heard, so a week or two ago I bought …

nov
05
2005

My mother will tell me, “If you really want to write a good book, Laurie, write one about kids.” And I think, “If all I’m going to have a kid for is to generate some material, I’ll just get a bunch of monkeys.” I don’t have to pay for a monkey’s college education. And no cop is ever going to call me in the middle of the night and say, “Hey, your monkey is smoking pot and drinking in the desert with other underage monkeys.”

— Laurie Notaro, on monkeys (source)

random pop culture detritus

Apple has a trailer for the new movie version of The Producers. A movie based on a play based on a movie about a play. And it looks hilarious. A few weeks ago, the Coverville podcast featured an astonishingly good …

oct
09
2005

I bet Sam and Frodo had this problem all the time.

— Rob, after I accidentally nicked his hand with my engagement ring

aug
26
2005

pile up

I’m packing up my apartment, getting ready to move in about a week, and my self-assigned task for the night is boxing up my books. I have a lot of books. I can’t wholly blame that fact on grad school. …

jul
31
2005

creative process

I’ve run across a couple interesting blog entries about various points in the creative process from people whose work I enjoy: Jackson Publick offers a glimpse into the making of an episode of the animated series The Venture Brothers: So …

jun
18
2005

hail to the king, baby

Bruce Campbell is back. I just found out that the B-movie hero will be returning to D.C.(and the E Street theatre) on Wednesday, June 22, to promote his new book, Make Love the Bruce Campbell Way, and movie, Man …

jun
17
2005

reading

The other night, I wrapped up Nick Hornby’s About a Boy. Finishing a book in less than a week is sort of “record time” for me these days. Since grad school ended and I no longer have to read insane …

may
02
2005

add it to the pile

I think I’ve just found the next book to add to my reading list: Everything Bad Is Good for You: How Today’s Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter, by Steven Johnson. I loved his book Emergence, which I had …