December 13th, 2005

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1.  I've been extraordinarily good recently, at least in terms of not splurging on DVDs - I think the last DVD I bought was Batman Begins. That's all about to change:

  • Clone Wars, Volume 2
  • Sin City Special Edition
  • Airplane! The "Don't Call Me Shirley" Edition
  • The 40 Year Old Virgin

2.  Mike needed books to read while on tour, and so I recommended about a million; among other things, he really got into House of Leaves. For my birthday, he bought me Pale Fire, which continues with the whole "multiple-authors-and-texts" idea, and which I'm enjoying the hell out of.; I'm pretty sure this is the first Nabakov I've read; I will probably be reading more.

3.  I meant to write about this yesterday, but I was obscenely busy and never got the chance.  This is an open letter to my stepfather.  Paul, if you ever call me to guarantee a Giants victory ever again, I will hurt you.  It's true that the Giants did eventually win, but JESUS CHRIST.

More in a bit.

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Kicking Television

Last night was a quiet evening with the puppies, watching the teevee. I missed last week's Arrested Development, and so I was determined not to miss this week's. It was pretty good; not a classic, but GOB's training video was completely insane...

...afterwards I was flipping around and saw that HBOComedy was showing yet another George Carlin routine - but this one was from 1978. It's funny - Carlin's got this reputation as being a really filthy comedian - at least, that's what I had been brought up thinking, even though my own parents took me to see him perform when I was probably 13 or 14 - but the truth of the matter is that when you come right down to it, he's really just a linguist. His entire comedy routine - and I'm talking about his ENTIRE body of work - is fundamentally about the foibles of the English language. What was really interesting is that this particular show ended with an updated version of his infamous "Seven Dirty Words" bit. In 1978 you can just imagine how controversial this material is - the audience titters and squeals with every "motherfucker" or "cocksucker" or whathaveyou - and then I think about how tame this same routine would be today - even though it's still true.