Electricity & Lust

Reads of the Week

Posted in Reads of the Week by Sam Unsted on June 11, 2011

First of a new feature. We’ll do this every week just to highlight anything that we really enjoyed from the past week. We’ll try and do the same with links on a Sunday.

  • ‘They Shoot Porn Stars, Don’t They?’ by Susanna Breslin. A self-published look at porn valley amid the recession. Some pretty heartwrenching anecdotes and stories which prevent the sometimes unfocused story from becoming too muddled or collapsing into titillation. It should be said, as with most stories about the porn industry, there is absolutely nothing titillating about this piece.
  • ‘Murder Most Yale’ by Suzanna Andrews. Fascinating examination of the murder of Yale student Suzanne Jovin from Vanity Fair in 1999. Somewhat dry in places and without the kind of engaging cache inherent in its subject to draw you in, as other stories of this genre have, this is still interesting and frustating, from the point of view of unsolvedness, in equal measure.
  • ‘Take it Like a Man’ by Kate Christensen. Perceptive essay on women writing in the male voice, something Christensen has done in all three of her books.
  • ‘Dizzying Highs and Terrifying Lows’ by Bill Simmons. Simmons, on his fantastic new Grantland website, takes the NBA to task on its need to adapt and develop its model in the face of financial difficulties and capitalise on the captivating NBA finals taking place right now.

And the best…

‘Basta Bunga Bunga’ by Ariel Levy. Absorbing, critical investigation of the impact Silvio Berlusconi has had on Italy and, in particular, Italian women. Packed to the gills with telling and surprising anecdotes about the Italian PM and sparked by his ongoing Bunga Bunga scandal, this is honestly amongst the best pieces of writing I have seen all year.

Hot Links

Posted in Links by Sam Unsted on July 25, 2008
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Generation Kill writer Evan Wright has signed up to script Cocaine Cowboys.

The Dark Knight is doing some incredible business, now outgrossing the entire domestic run of Batman Begins.

Robot Chicken are going to a galaxy far, far away again.

Here’s an interview with the Luna Brothers.

Is The Devil’s Advocate a modern cult classic?

Footage from Tron 2 has been revealed at Comic-Con.

DiS talks to The Hold Steady, as all should be given the brilliance of their new record.

They also chat to Noah and the Whale, a charming upcoming group.

Aaron Eckhart talks to The Guardian.

Songs to slack to.

Not much love for the return of CSS. Time passed?

Neil Young is all about high-resolution sound.

How can print adapt to the digital age?

Most romantic gestures in movies, in list form.

Russell Brand is taking over the VMAs.

The second season of Mad Men is reviewed here.

Here’s a 1990 profile of Barack Obama from Vanity Fair.

Keitel joins Life on Mars.

A coffee table and a learning experience.

Is porn star Buck Angel a new feminist hero.

Robocop is officially coming back, with Aronofsky in the hot-seat.

Season 3 of Dexter is also being previewed at Comic-Con.

So is Alan Ball’s True Blood, the new HBO vampire deal.

Twitch has a review of Death Race with Jason Statham.

Tim Burton has found his Alice to venture into Wonderland.

Fiddy is pissed with Taco Bell.

Jim DeRogatis shows some praise for Canasta.