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Meeting The Mighty Boosh, a Timelord and the best writer on television today… Not a bad 24 hours!
07.29.2009
10:42 pm
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Had a wonderful day in Pasadena, California interviewing the very charming David Tennant and Russell T. Davies for an upcoming episode of Boing Boing Video.

At first my reaction to meeting them in Pasadena was “Isn’t bringing someone from England to Los Angeles and sticking them in a hotel in Pasadena a bit like inviting a Yank to London and putting them up in Croydon?” but the Langdon Hotel (formerly the Ritz-Carlton) is in fact a lushly opulent palace on 23 nicely landscaped acres with a Michelin star restaurant. It was a great place to shoot.

I got a chance to talk with the former Timelord about what if was like to turn in his TARDIS for the very last time and ask Russell about writing his final “Who” script, the recent Transatlantic triumph of the “Torchwood: Children of Earth” mini-series and about his recent move to Los Angeles (sneak preview: he’s been here for six weeks and he already misses the rain!)

Meeting the Mighty Boosh (and seeing them in concert last night at The Roxy) and then sitting today with David and Russell has made for a very exciting 24 hours.

Look for Xeni Jardin’s Mighty Boosh interview—if you were standing in that monstrous seven block line last night, you’re probably going to see your bad self in the final piece, at least briefly—and this one to show up next week on Boing Boing Video.

A special thank you to Devin Johnson of BBC America for making this happen.

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Posted by Richard Metzger
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07.29.2009
10:42 pm
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Vollmann Sees Salvation
07.29.2009
07:48 pm
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In today’s fascinating NYT piece on American writer/champion of the dispossessed, William Vollmann, and his new 1,300 page opus, Imperial, reference is made to his friendship with Leonard Knight, Sean Penn cohort and architect of the religious-themed folk-art sculpture, Salvation Mountain.  Imagine what might happen if the Blue Meanies found Jesus Christ and needed a desert hideaway to worship in and frolic, and you’ll get a pretty good idea of what Knight’s been making out of clay for the past 25 years.  He’s also, since then, launched a website packed with photos, all lovingly documenting his monument to faith, love and tenacity.

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William Vollmann in the NYT

Leonard Knight’s Salvation Mountain

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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07.29.2009
07:48 pm
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Swoon Magazine: LA/NY Fashion Underground
07.29.2009
03:20 pm
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My very good friend Kelly McKay’s fashion magazine Swoon is launching its latest issue, a split publication devoted to the New York and Los Angeles music scenes. Issue five, arriving immanently, is available for pre-order?

Posted by Jason Louv
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07.29.2009
03:20 pm
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Seth: George Sprott (1894-1975)
07.29.2009
01:59 pm
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Over the weekend I saw a talk by Canadian cartoonist Seth, whose work I’d heard about for a long time but hadn’t gotten around to actually reading. His stuff is great?

Posted by Jason Louv
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07.29.2009
01:59 pm
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Beatles space broadcast ‘risks alien attack’ (they *are* from Liverpool, you know…)
07.29.2009
11:15 am
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Maybe we should add a new “WTF?” category:

NASA started to beam the song towards the North Star, 431 light years from Earth at midnight GMT on Monday, drawing congratulations from former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney and John Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, who mused that it marked “the beginning of the new age in which we will communicate with billions of planets across the universe.”

But today’s New Scientist asks whether such signals could expose us to the risk of attack from mean spirited aliens.

Beatles space broadcast ‘risks alien attack’

Thank you Mister Mark Jordan of London, England!

Posted by Richard Metzger
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07.29.2009
11:15 am
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BORRACHOS: Stop Motion Tribute to Oskar Fischinger
07.29.2009
01:16 am
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Impressive stop motion video with plasticine by samuelle3. Samuelle3 explains borrachos, ” Stop-motion animation tribute to Oskar Fishinger. Using black plasticine, paper and wire over a precarious light-box and my tripod fixed to the wall.”

Totally worth checking out!

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Oskar Fischinger

Posted by Tara McGinley
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07.29.2009
01:16 am
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Unusual Portrait of John Waters on Etsy
07.28.2009
11:43 pm
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Etsy user darkvomit sells original oil paintings, kinetic art and Christmas card sets. From his listing:

“The Pope of Trash” by Kelly Hutchison (aka “Dark Vomit”). Original oil painting… Gesso…Painted… then varnished on wood panel. Measures 26 inches by 31 inches with the gold frame (frame comes with purchase) Ready to hang on the wall as is. Signed and dated by artist.


The Pope of Trash - John Waters

Posted by Tara McGinley
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07.28.2009
11:43 pm
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Roger Ebert Flips His Lid
07.28.2009
08:24 pm
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Roger Ebert?

Posted by Jason Louv
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07.28.2009
08:24 pm
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7 Days To Vice!
07.28.2009
01:20 pm
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One of my more interesting vacations involved a weekend in Palm Desert with Thomas Pynchon‘s just-released Mason & Dixon.  Fueled by coffee, date shakes and excitement, I plowed through that book’s 773 pages in 3 days, and emerged from it shaken…dazzled…moved.  Yep, moved.  What seems to get lost in the shuffle when those of us who still talk about Pynchon talk about Pynchon is how gracefully he can knit together a moment of Maximum Emotional Devastation.  I’m thinking now of Mason receiving comfort from his estranged son in the wake of Dixon’s death, or Zoyd Wheeler’s understanding that after so many wrong turns in life, in coming to Vineland, he was finally, FINALLY, guiding his family somewhere right—and good.  I could go on and on, and probably will, when next Tuesday sees the release of Pynchon’s seventh book, Inherent Vice.  The early reviews are in, and they do look promising—especially if you’ve been waiting for a Pynchonian take on Raymond Chandler set in the very beach towns where he presumably composed Gravity’s Rainbow.

And if you’re interested in that book’s construction, you might want to check out
A Journey Into The Mind Of [p].  The more interesting parts of Fosco Dubini’s (!) documentary trace Pynchon’s footsteps all the way to the apartment he was living and writing in.  The least interesting parts revolve around the chase for the man himself.
I mean, we (old fans) all know what he looks like by now, don’t we?!

Louis Menand on Inherent Vice in The New Yorker

Tim Martin on Inherent Vice in The Telegraph

Oh, and big FYI: the Inherent Vice wiki goes live next Tuesday morning!

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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07.28.2009
01:20 pm
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Cribs, with Cindy Sherman
07.28.2009
12:40 pm
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The August issue of Vogue takes us inside the Manhattan duplex of noted photographer and conceptual artist, Cindy Sherman.  Along with the usual niceties—Kippenberger sculptures, a Prada-stuffed closet—we’re likely to find, what else, “wigs, mannequin heads and fake body parts, toys and novelties, masks, insects, and racks and racks of thrift-store clothing.”  For Sherman, there is, perhaps, no more loaded a notion than playing dress-up.  But for a lighter look at how she resolves gender “construction,” here’s her short film from ‘75, Doll Clothes:

 
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Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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07.28.2009
12:40 pm
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