Electricity & Lust

Reads of the Week

Posted in Reads of the Week by Sam Unsted on August 13, 2011

A quick note. Apologies for the lack of posting still. A couple of things in the works at the moment so time has been difficult to find. I intend to get back onto a pretty good posting schedule again very, very soon.

  • Not really a very long read, but Chuck Klosterman manages to nail so much of why Louie is the best show on TV at the minute in his piece for Grantland. In other news, please ensure you follow Grantland as it’s probably my favourite new site of the year.
  • The original article, from New York Magazine, which coined the Brat Pack moniker for that group of actors in the 1980s. Quite illuminating, especially with the consistent arguing that it would be Sean Penn, never really though of as a Brat Pack member, who would transcend that generation.
  • A four-part study (Part One, Two, Three and Four) of the creation of the Unabomber, specifically as regards the role of Harvard in fostering personality traits which would eventually make him infamous.
  • Cameron Crowe’s 1973 article on The Allman Brothers, surely one of the inspirations that went into Almost Famous.
  • One of my absolute favourite writers, Alex Ross, moves away from his inspired classical music pieces to pen an absorbing essay about Oscar Wilde.
  • But the best of the week is the GQ oral history of the Dana Carvey Show, the swifty-cancelled mid-90s folly which comprised some amazing talent and has worn really well. At the time though, the outre sketches were far from at-home following Home Improvement on the Disney-owned ABC. Just to give a taster, the writing team alone included Dino Stamotopoulos, Robert Smigel and Louis CK, and this doesn’t go into the on-screen talent, which included the likes of Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert. Watching it now, from the opening sketch (from CK’s mind) of Bill Clinton breast-feeding puppies, you struggle to believe this show was on primetime network TV. Watch the first episode here and marvel.

The Coal Linker’s Daughter

Posted in Links, Sam by Sam Unsted on January 30, 2008
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Clarification for you on this week’s punnage… women of country.

Former Galaxie 500/Luna dream-pop genius Dean Wareham makes nice with The AV Club and lets them in to his iPod den.

Thanks to PopCandy for this one. A cheat sheet to aid understanding amid the return of Lost.

The classic Dennis Wilson record Pacific Ocean Blue is finally being reissued to allow youngsters to undertstand the true genius of post-Beach Boys psych-soul mastery.

The Guardian picks out some shows which went too soon. No mention of Andy Barker PI though.

John Edwards has left the race. But who will this help? Slate investigates.

CHUD has a review of Hamlet 2 which is causing quite a fuss at Sundance.

Sasha Frere-Jones takes in some Chromeo.

The Wire‘s fifth season has been utterly breathless so far. Therefore, why not another article about it, this time from The Atlantic.

Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus is everywhere today. USA Today has a whole host of stuff about the little pop moppet.

Betty-icon Gwen Stefani is pregger-saurus folks.

Entertainment Weekly has a list of reasons why we should’ve forsaken the talkie.