“'Each elegant touch [of Jerry's],' says Levy, 'was undercut by a vulgar one: In the largest of the three dining rooms, a long curved window revealed Los Angeles beneath the Hollywood Hills, but the same room sported a large framed stained-glass composition of Jerry [Lewis] as a hobo clown.'”—The Rise and Fall of Dino’s Lounge | WFMU.org
I’d love to be able to say that I’m just a pure artist and that awards are meaningless, but getting the nomination is cool. It does feel good. Partly because there’s a lot of insecurity in being in this business, because it’s based on people’s like or dislike of comedy, which is pretty fickle. And I’ve got kids to feed. But this feels like, hopefully, you’ve got a ladder underneath you, rather than a frayed rope and a chasm.
The spikes that I put on the rocks underneath me are pretty solid ones, so when I do fall and I shall, maybe one of those spikes will catch me and I won’t fall as far down.
“[Mencken] and [Harold] Ross might well have been of one mind about ‘Death in the Afternoon,’ which had been reviewed for the ‘New Yorker’ by Robert M. Coates when he was its book critic. After reading the review, Ross had phoned Coates in the country to say, ‘Woollcott tells me there’s a hell of a bad word in the book - bathroom stuff.’ Coates wanted to know what the word was. ‘I can’t tell you over the phone,’ Ross said.”—The Years with Ross, James Thurber
Ryan Ridley (Channel 101, Acceptible.TV, Grandma’s Virginity podcast) joins Shek, Stephen, Leonard & RJ to talk about that time in one’s life when they feel that they ought to settle down. Also- What Did Tony Zaret Have For Lunch? once again captures a grateful nation’s imagination.
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“The kind of people who love blockbuster movies, conversely, have totally and completely won. The movies they like dominate the box office to a ridiculous degree. The studios put the majority of their talent and resources into making the movies they want to see. (I live in a city of two million people, and I have not been to see an art film in a theater here in four years, because they simply do not play here.) They get the movies they want with the actors they want by the directors they want, and they make so much money that they’ll get the sequels they want until they stop wanting them. The only thing they don’t get is the respect of ‘snobs’, so they’ve now made it their job to make those people out to be phonies and weaklings and cringing fools.”—Leonard Pierce on bully populism. (via natepatrin)
Dennis DiClaudio joins Shek, Leonard, Olivia and RJ to discuss the perils of rail travel and being mistaken for a sleeping vagrant on the subway. Leonard is apoplectic over insanely-priced beer in New York. Bartender Deke Zibinski advises on the issue of illegally-opened fire hydrants. Also, we play another round of “What Did Tony Zaret Have For Lunch?” Hey- you should also join us from time to time in the Wasted Words & Music Turntable.fm room!
“Now, with Tripoli Street liberated, Shaka and his men were enjoying a day of rest before heading off to battle elsewhere. Bozaid talked about the metal festival he wanted to stage when Qaddafi was finally defeated. ‘It’s my dream—Hazfest,’ he said. ‘It’s going to come true, if I’m still alive.’”—The Atlantic | Lybian Rebels: A Sound Track
“Well now is probably the best time to announce that there may or may not be a complete ‘Party Down’ reunion on this season of ‘Childrens Hospital,’ as their ‘Party Down’ characters. I don’t want to give it all away, but enjoy.”—