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 Converlinken

Posted in Links, Sam by Sam Unsted on March 11, 2008

Someone is letting Brett Ratner direct another film…

Omar! Oh, Omar! I miss Omar… Michael K Williams talks to The AV Club.

Chuck Klosterman is preparing his debut novel.

Could Spitzer stay? Given his policies, surely he needs to walk.

Nora Ephron discusses the Spitzer situation.

Slate asks two pertinent questions: Why is prostitution illegal? And Will the Spitzer scandal hurt Hillary?

Whiffenpoofed… Sasha Frere-Jones will somewhat explain.

Sandler is joining the Apatow/Rogen family.

Who will win the CFDA Award?

Here’s The Stooges covering Madonna. Yeeeahh!

One in four girls in the US have an STD. Hmmm… Eastleigh is way higher.

Radiohead are playing a free gig.

REM are previewing their new record through Facebook. So thorougly modern are those millies.

There’s a whole host of NY Times op-eds on prostitution law now. Here’s one.

Is there a point to all the male nudity? There’s a gag in that.

I Was Made For Linking You

Posted in Links, Sam by Sam Unsted on March 6, 2008

The ’24’ prequel will explain all.

The AV Club talks to author Carl Wilson.

It also digs Human Giant.

Check out the stills from Watchmen. The Comedian is looking good.

What is the punishment for death? (Thanks Tom)

Another loved Warp release today. This time Clark.

A selection of art, doom and glitch luminaries are contributing to the Table of the Elements single series.

HUDGEWATCH! It’s been a while. She making a movie.

The Flaming Lips are playing Lovebox.

What’s with all the lack of decisions, Democrats?

Janet Malcolm discusses the Gossip Girl world.

Sasha Frere-Jones has some love for Sigur Ros.

Howard Dean is proposing a redoing of the primaries in Florida and Michigan.

So Obama still won more delegates in Texas? Explain, Wall Street Journal.

Chuck Klosterman contributes a piece on road movies to The Believer.

And that wonderful magazine also has a conversation between Werner Herzog and Errol Morris.

News on the new Death Cab.

The blog on Cracked isn’t too chuffed with these upcoming adaptations.

Slurm on sale!

Here’s a profile of the lovely Zooey Deschanel and M Ward collaboration, She & Him.

Behind the scenes on Sex and the City.

John McCain must be loving all the Democratic procrastination.

Here’s a piece by Jeff Tweedy for The NY Times on migraines.

New trailer for Wanted.

Pennsylvania is a should-win for Hillary.

Joe Klein says the pressure is all on Obama now.

Ken Starr tactics? Handbags me thinks?

Sam’s Year of Reading

Posted in end of year lists, Sam by Sam Unsted on January 2, 2008

So for books, as I have little money and do my reading on a packed tube of commuting fellows, I can’t really rank the books of the year. In fact, I think, I only managed to read one book which was released in this country in 2007 and even that is somewhat borderline. Therefore, I am simply going to write my way through my year of reading, pointing out the notable and not-so-notable works I have loved or endured over the past year.

At the close of the article is a list of all the books I have read this year. If you see any your are interested in and want to ask if I enjoyed them, should they not be mentioned, feel free to do so in the comments and I’ll get back to you.