Lists for January 13, 2009

From Deadwood Edition #229

On Deck

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

  1. Kevin Devine "Circle Gets the Square"
  2. Radiohead "OK Computer"
  3. The Weakerthans "Reconstruction Site"
  4. The Notwist "Neon Golden"
  5. Björn Kleinhenz "Trans Pony"

Tubers

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

  1. Lost "If you haven't heard of it, that's just silly. The background is basically that a plane crashes on an island and crazy shit happens. Scientifically f*cked up shit that deals with time and space. It's an incredibly addictive show. Season 5 comes out on DVD January 21st, and I feel as though my soul is dead until I get to watch it again."
  2. Battlestar Galactica "It's a battle between the Cylons and the human race to find Earth. Cylons are robots that humans created, the humans treated them badly, and then the Cylons turned on us. I'm a big sci-fi geek and this show is so good. Frak!"
  3. What I Like About You "It's on N, the teen network, with Amanda Bines and the hot blonde girl from '90210.' They're sisters and they live in an apartment, and it's really silly and stupid. My roommate and sit around and watch, like, 5 hours of it at a time since there's a marathon of it every single night."

Bound Up

Currently reading: "The Best American Short Stories 2008" edited by Salman Rushdie "I'm applying for a MFA in fiction and therefore devouring as much short fiction as I possibly can. I can't believe Rushdie let Padma Lakshmi get away—he's got poor judgment in love, but great judgment in literature. It's the rare writer who's able to write a short story about nothing, with no significant plot developments, but there was one story in there about a city that starts to experience bouts of silence. It's not much of a plot, but I still found it interesting and was motivated to read it. As a writer, it leapt out at me. I'm usually not a fan of quirky-on-purpose, but I liked it."

One book everyone should read: "The Mysteries of Pittsburgh" by Michael Chabon "Chabon wrote it at 22. I think there's something to be said about reading the works of authors before they become huge—he's since gone on to win a bajillion awards. This is his first novel and it's a kind of coming of age story about love, friendship and whether or not the protagonist is gay. I devoured it and could not put it down. It was fascinating. I related to it because Chabon wrote it when he was so young. It's about love and it's honest and it's very well written."