Tuesday Miscellany

by tully
July 18, 2006 4:00 AM
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I don't think I'm overstating my disappointment in calling "Little Man" The Letdown of the Century. Todd and I were as amped as I've ever seen two grown gentlemen be for a useless Hollywood comedy, and, boy, were we dropped like an unwanted baby. There's no way around it, this movie sucked ass. The only humor to be gleaned from it was the mental mashup that was triggered when I confirmed for Todd that Little Man was, in fact, the Wayans brother who starred in "Requiem For a Dream." Could one of you nerds out there work on an actual mashup of those films? Particularly the scene at the end of "Requiem" when Marlon notices Ledo's abscess and keeps saying, "GodDAMN, that shit don't look good!" The thought of Little Man playing that role is genius. The actuality of "Little Man" is grotesquely un-genius.

To wash that icky taste out of our mouths, we went to the Talking Head in Baltimore to see Vetiver, who delivered on the promise of their great new record, "To Find Me Gone." It was more hippified an event than I was expecting, but it never pushed itself over the edge completely. "I Know No Pardon" is an instant classic, and their live variation on it was even more affecting.

I have pictures of this night, but I'm too lazy to post them.

I also keep meaning to post Israel pics, but I'm feeling lazy with regards to that as well.

I did cut together a video for a song off the new Jews record using footage from the day trip to Jerusalem, and I'm thrilled to say that it's exactly what I hoped it would be. Just a one-take in slow-motion, but I think it's really sweet and beautiful. I'm not going to show any of this stuff without the approval of Matt, David, and Cassie, but I hope that they'll like it so I can show it to you guys sooner than later.

I'm 100 pages into Philip Roth's "The Plot Against America." I have to say, I was underwhelmed by his newest novel, "Everyman," but "The Plot Against America" confirms that the man is utterly brilliant. The greatest compliment I can give him is that I'm believing every single second of this altered history, and I'm terrified to read what happens next.

And now I'm off to read what happens next...

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