Lists for October 20, 2008

From Deadwood Edition #218

On Deck

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

  1. Led Zeppelin "Led Zeppelin IV"
  2. Damien Rice "O"
  3. Dri "Smoke Rings"
  4. Ben Harper and the Blind Boys of Alabama "There Will Be A Light"
  5. Dungen "4"

Tubers

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

  1. Curb Your Enthusiasm "It's about this awkward Jew in Los Angeles being really stereotypically Jewish-very neurotic humor. He has no social graces and I like that. I don't pee sitting down like Larry David does, but I can see an occasion where it might be warranted, like when you're too drunk to stand up. I love the time when he picked up a prostitute just so he could use the car pool lane."
  2. Deadwood "I just like westerns, so I get into it on that level. I love Clint Eastwood's films with Sergio Leone. Every character on that show is kind of a bad ass. Everybody is really uncompromising. Swearengen is awesome-he has no scruples. Bullock pretends he has morals but disobeys them. I'd rather be the guy that says he has no morals and obeys that. The real Deadwood probably wasn't that interesting, with everybody saying 'cocksucker' all the time. But the show is written so well that all the swearing sounds great."
  3. Fox News "I love watching the dumb blonde anchors they have on there. It's all hilarious because it angers me so much. These people are so wrong."

Bound Up

Currently reading: "Putin's Russia: Life in a Failing Democracy" by Anna Politkovskaya "It's basically about the atrocities that are going on with f*cking Russia's military, how they're killed if they fight and they're killed if they don't fight, and how it's effecting global economics and stability. One of my friends told me about it and said that the author had actually been executed because she wrote this book. I wanted to read a book somebody died for, and since all this shit is going down around the world, I wanted to know more. It's pretty intense."

One book everyone should read: "Les Miserables" by Victor Hugo "It's one of the best humanitarian novels I've ever read. It's about a guy who steals a loaf of bread and is imprisoned for 19 years. He gets out, feels bitter and hardened by prison life, and is taken in by a bishop after no one else will. He ends up stealing a bunch of his shit. When he's caught and brought back, the bishop forgives him. He's stunned by the bishop's kindness, cleans up and-well, it's a long story and I don't want to talk about it forever. It's an amazing book about how you can start life negative, hopeless about society and the future, and getting a new perspective. Every time I read it, it brings me to tears. There aren't many books that can bring me to tears."