Lists for March 3, 2009

From Deadwood Edition #236

On Deck

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

  1. Alela Diane "To Be Still"
  2. M. Ward "Hold Time"
  3. Kaki King "Legs to Make Us Longer"
  4. The Duke Spirit "Neptune"
  5. Explosions in the Sky "All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone"


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

  1. Desperate Housewives 
"Richard Gere is fantastic in it and I love the fact that Gary Busey is the executive producer. I also love the cute little space suits they put on the chimps. You can never have too many chimps. I firmly believe that monkeys are our future because they are smarter than us."
  2. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia 
"Since it's about these idiotic sociopaths who work in a bar, it reminds me a lot of the owners of the Bourgeois Pig. One afternoon I was sipping a Cosmo down at the Pig and the owners thought it would be a great idea to buy guns. I left immediately. Another way that the show mirrors the Pig is that Ryan Pope, who I think is one of the owners of the Pig, dated a retarded person once."
  3. Planet Earth “I love those little penguins. I’m really into environmentalism. But I hate racialism. I love conservatism and want to save the cute animals. Only the cute ones, though—I don’t like the scary ones.”

Bound Up

Currently reading: "God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything" by Christoper Hitchens "I don't like Hitchens as a man, but he's a great writer. He's this British ex-pat and Republican who stood behind the invasion of Iraq, but is also an atheist. In this book he goes through a long laundry list of all the terrible, terrible things done in the name of religion. It's thoroughly entertaining. He hates Mother Teresa, too. He hates her so much he wrote another book entirely devoted to how much he hates her. But the man loves Scotch."

One book everyone should read: "Catch-22" by Joseph Heller "It's this fantastic take on the stupidity of war. It focuses on the total hypocrisy of the military and it's hilarious. It's one of the funniest books I've ever read. One of my favorite movies is 'Dr. Strangelove' and this book uses the same sort of biting satire. It teaches you how the military actually works and that you should be skeptical of bureaucracy."