Lists for May 12, 2009

From Deadwood Edition #246

On Deck

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

  1. St. Vincent "Actor"
  2. Telekinesis! "Telekinesis!"
  3. Richard Swift "The Atlantic Ocean"
  4. Vetiver "Tight Knit"
  5. Phoenix "Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix"


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

  1. “Twin Peaks” (ABC) 
“Wow, Bob, wow! A murder happens in the Northwest town of Twin Peaks and FBI agent Dale Cooper is dispatched to solve it. I never watched the show while it was on but somehow I own the soundtrack. The show is a fun, odd soap opera based around the murder of Laura Palmer. Unraveling her murder unfurls all these other complications and connections. I’ve read that David Lynch and Mark Frost were forced to solve Laura’s murder in the middle of the second season by the network. Lynch says this was the equivalent of killing the goose that laid the golden egg, which I agree with. The show loses its way and gets a little boring, although the ending is quite the head trip!”
  2. “Reaper” (CW) 
“This is a show that I know I shouldn’t like but keep watching because it’s so damn charming. It centers around Sam, who has to recapture souls who escape from hell. His friends help him with the soul-catching, all while working their day jobs at a Home Depot-like store. Did I mention this was a comedy? The Devil, who assigns Sam souls to catch each week, is the actor who played Leland Palmer in “Twin Peaks.” He’s perfect as the devil.”
  3. “Mighty Boosh” (Adult Swim) 
“I was hooked after I saw their “Old Greg” sketch. It’s an absurd BBC comedy that changes location and occupation with each season of the show, but I haven’t gotten an explanation for why that is yet. The season airing now has the two main characters working in a boutique and they have small, crazy adventures. The show itself has a lot of wonderful flourishes like animation, puppets, and musical numbers that blend into the show to create their own surreal world.”

Bound Up

Currently reading: "Notes from Underground" by Fyodor Dostoevsky "In a nutshell, it's about a man who knows he's very irrational and chooses to be very irrational. I read it for my Western Civ class. Everyone hated it but me. It's a sharp critique of reason that's brilliantly written and weirdly refreshing. This book is a big 'f*ck you' to reason and rationality. I tend to overthink everything, so in that way I related to the protagonist, the Underground man. The first part is him writing a letter to whomever will read it, and the second part is him recounting pitiful childhood memories. He's pathetic and fascinating."

One book everyone should read: Book everyone should read: "Anna Karenina" by Leo Tolstoy "I loves me some Russian authors. It took me over a year to read this book. It's like an 18th century soap opera or a Russian 'Pride and Prejudice.' It's the same shit as 'Gossip Girl.' It follows a handful of characters who cheat on one another and get cheated on—something we can all relate to. A lot of passionate liasons. Tolstoy will write something you've thought before, but will crystalize it so well. He provides the perspectives of all these characters so beautifully. The conclusion is really interesting. It ends with an embrace of Christian faith. Even if you don't agree with it, the way the characters get there is very powerful."