Lists for May 5, 2009

From Deadwood Edition #245

On Deck

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

  1. Angels & Airwaves "I-Empire"
  2. Kate Nash "Made of Bricks"
  3. Modest Mouse "We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank"
  4. CAKE "Fashion Nugget"
  5. Lily Allen "It's Not Me, It's You"


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

  1. Man v. Food "It's a little gem of a show on Travel Channel where this guy named Adam goes around the country and takes on eating challenges. He went to a steakhouse in Texas on the first episode and ate a 72-ounce steak. He does all sorts of challenges, be it eating a lot of food in a short amount of time or eating super spicy food to test his endurance. I've never seen him vomit, but there was one episode where he and a friend took on a pizzeria's carnivore challenge—something like a 36-inch pizza with 5 different kinds of meat on it—to see who could eat the most. His friend had to run around the corner of the building and had a 'reversal of fortune' as they call it. A 'reversal of fortune' is the official term for forfeit-by-vomit in the competitive eating world. I used to think I could do this stuff because I'm a big guy, but I recently went to On the Border and got their Endless Enchiladas. I could only eat 6 enchiladas. My friend had 13."
  2. Scrubs "It's still a pretty fantastic show, even though it went through a lull. It was hurt a lot by the writers' strike of 2007 and 2008. You could also tell at one point that the network was trying to force story-lines and characters on the show. They introduced a lot of wacky new interns, and you could tell a spinoff was being prepped, kind of like 'Saved by the Bell: The New Class.' Maybe 'Scrubs: The Next Generation.' Despite what a lot of people say, I don't think Zach Braff is a douchebag. He's just very, very nerdy and white."
  3. Arrested Development "It's the most genius show ever written."

Bound Up

Currently reading: "The Illuminatus! Trilogy" by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson "It's conspiracy theory meets Douglas Adams. It's pretty awesome. The Illiminatus is a covert group—who are actually aliens from the planet Vulcan that have been masquerading as humans for centuries—that are responsible for everything, from killing Kennedy to every war that's ever been fought. It's kind of like 'The DaVinci Code' for intellectuals. What's funny about it is that it's fiction, but it uses references to actual history. After you've been reading it long enough, it's hard not to buy into it. I'm getting paranoid as I read it, thinking that maybe coincidences aren't really coincidences, and looking over my shoulder."

One book everyone should read: "Red Flower: Rethinking Menstruation" by Dena Taylor "It's about women reclaiming their bodies and taking pride in their reproductive system. It suggests women use their menstrual cycle as a time for stepping back and getting in touch with their inner, sacred feminine. The idea is that, in each person's cycle, there are different phases you should take advantage of. Depending on the phase, you can be more outgoing, more intuitive, more creative or more withdrawn. For example, a lot of women when they're bleeding might think they're being the archetypal, bitchy, PMS-ing woman. In reality, what they need to do is listen to their intuition. Maybe it's saying, 'Right now, I need to be alone' or 'Right now, I need to be more active.' You need to take advantage of that energy. This book made me a lot more comfortable with my cycle. There are a lot of misconceptions out there about a woman's body and we don't need to be told that our vaginas are dirty."