Lists for December 16, 2008

From Deadwood Edition #226

On Deck

...wherein we listen to what Lawrence's movers and shakers are moving and shaking. to.

  1. Blue Foundation "Life of a Ghost"
  2. Alkaline Trio "Agony and Irony"
  3. Jack's Mannequin "The Glass Passenger"
  4. The Kooks "Konk"
  5. Paramore "Riot!"


...wherein local TV connoisseurs intimate what keeps them on their couches.

  1. Brothers and Sisters "It's about 5 siblings and their mother, and their dead father was an adulterer who had several mistresses. I relate a lot to these siblings and their closeness, because I'm close to my siblings. If one sibling tells another sibling something, they all find out within minutes. They have a dynamic of being completely different people ideologically, in very different places in life, but they all still love each other. It has several story-lines focusing on today's society, and it's very progressive. They have one story-line about gay marriage and even dealt with its legalization in California. I'm happy that they're bringing it up. Sally Field is in it, and I like her—I really like her!"
  2. The Closer "It's your typical crime show of 'Who dunnit?' What I like about this show is the Kyra Sedgwick character. She's a hard-line detective, but has imperfections and issues in her relationships. She's a real human being. The CSI shows portray their investigators as almost super heros, and the dominant characters are usually men."
  3. Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List "It's a reality show that follows Kathy Griffin around. She's my favorite comedian. I've seen her live twice. She's famous for making fun of celebrities, like Britney Spears and Paris Hilton, and how we're obsessed with them. She likes to point out how they're just as messed up as the rest of us. Her mom is a regular figure in the show and is really funny. She drinks a lot of wine. To the people who hate Kathy Griffin, spoken in true Kathy Griffin form, suck it."

Bound Up

Currently reading: "The Real Life of Sebastian Knight" by Vladimir Nabokov "It's one of Nabokov's earliest works, before he wrote 'Lolita,' and one of his first love affairs with the English language. It's about the half-brother of a recently deceased writer who's going about writing the biography of his famous half-brother. I'm only on page 9, but so far it's awesome. He's really exploring the English language—everything is a double entendre and you can read each sentence over and over again to find new meaning. Double entendre doesn't necessarily always have to be sexual, but with Nabokov? Yeah, it's usually sexual. That's why I'm attracted to Nabokov as a writer—it's the sex between the lines."

One book everyone should read: "Communion: The Female Search for Love" by Bell Hooks "It's a feminist book about women's new approach to love and sex. It's amazing. It's like everything you've ever thought about during a relationship and she puts it in words—bell hooks is a truth teller. She's an essayist who writes social commentary. What I took away from it is that you should look for a man who will help you to tear down patriarchy. Instead of looking for a guy that has the same hobbies as me, or has the same interests, I should be looking for the anti-man. That's not to say someone who hates men—the every-man is for patriarchy, the anti-man against patriarchy."