1. Phil Hartman’s SNL Audition. What an unmistakeable voice! I really miss him, especially all the zany characters he played on The Simpsons (Works on contingency? No, money down!). By the way, have you seen House Guest with him and Sinbad? Underrated B-movie classic. 

  2. Real Estate, “Green Aisles.” Beautiful. Have these guys ever recorded a bad song? New album, Days, will be released on October 18.

  3. The Style & Clothing of "Drive"  →

    Clothes on Film, one of the best blogs around, breaks down the sartorial choices behind “Drive,” a remarkable LA-noir throwback film.

  4. Hanni El Khatib, “Dead Wrong.” This has such a refreshing rockabilly quality to it. I can’t stop listening.

  5. Why Libraries Matter. David Simon, creator of The Wire, talks about why libraries and books are necessary for society to thrive.

  6. Hands Off →

    Miranda July talks about her first feminist action.

  7. Well, I’ve been listening to my gut since I was 14 years old, and frankly speaking, I’ve come to the conclusion that my guts have shit for brains.

    — Rob, “High Fidelity” 

  8. The Nonsense Dark Knight Chase Scene. Jim Emerson spends 20 minutes breaking down the police chase scene from the Dark Knight and proves how it doesn’t follow the basic laws of action cinematography. I never noticed a lot of these things when I first saw the film but I did always find the scene to be extremely hard to follow and comprehend.

  9. James Hetfield Takes a Drive. While I admit their last few albums have been disappointing, Metallica’s sound defined my childhood. Nice to see Hetfield here taking a long drive and explaining his own childhood.

  10. Mos Def Battles Kanye West. Mos Def clearly has a better flow, but the way Kanye strings all those magazine titles together is genius.

  11. America and the fossil-fuel economy grew up together; our triumphant history is the triumphant history of these fuels. We entrusted to them (slowly at first, and with increasing enthusiasm) the work of growing our food, moving our bodies, and building our homes, tools, and furniture—they freed us for thought and entertainment, and created our ideas of freedom.

    — Chad Harbach, from his contribution to "The Politics of Fear" article series in n+1. The article is a few years old now but I enjoyed it very much because it looks at the language used when politicians discuss global warming (for example, using “environmentalism” as a blanket term for a variety of complex issues). Most of what I read on the topic ignores the linguistics and rhetoric that form the parameters of this debate.

  12. I find I’m so excited, I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head. I think it’s the excitement only a free man can feel, a free man at the start of a long journey whose conclusion is uncertain. I hope I can make it across the border. I hope to see my friend, and shake his hand. I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams. I hope.

    — Red, “Shawshank Redemption”

  13. Fool’s Gold, “Street Clothes.” Uplifting sounds from a band out of Los Angeles. Lots of interesting melodies that remind me of Talking Heads and Oingo Boingo. Vocals also remind me of Will Sheff from Okkervil River. 

  14. Angels v. Twins, Labor Day Weekend, 2011

    Angels v. Twins, Labor Day Weekend, 2011

  15. All brave men love; for he only is brave who has affections to fight for, whether in the daily battle of life, or in physical contests.

    — Nathaniel Hawthorne