“Dear [signed], Thank you for your kind request. I made a policy long ago to never do lists. They amount to soliciting unpaid labor from experts in order to lend legitimacy to a meaningless list used to support clip packages and to sell ads. Let me predict that few great silent, foreign or little-known films will be on your show, and that after the balloting, the winner will not be ‘Citizen Kane,’ ‘Rules of the Game,’ ‘Metropolis’ or anything by Buster Keaton.”—Roger Ebert’s response to a request for “10 Best” list - WSJ.com
“One could say, exaggerating only slightly, that the hipster moment did not produce artists, but tattoo artists, who gained an entire generation’s arms, sternums, napes, ankles, and lower backs as their canvas. It did not produce photographers, but snapshot and party photographers: Last Night’s Party, Terry Richardson, the Cobra Snake. It did not produce painters, but graphic designers. It did not yield a great literature, but it made great use of fonts. And hipsterism did not make an avant-garde; it made communities of early adopters.”—Mark Greif, “What Was the Hipster?” feature article in this week’s issue of New York Magazine (via sarahspy)
“He could take his endorsement and really shove it, as far as I’m concerned.”—Rhode Island’s Democratic nominee for governor, Frank Caprio, upon learning that he would not be receiving an endorsement from President Barack Obama. (via officialssay)
“It was like existing in a Mad Men bubble for two weeks and it was an experience I will never forget. I worked harder on that episode than I’ve ever worked on the show. I worked more days than Jon did. He does that all the time. He’s there all the time. Every single day, all day long. It was like doing a play for two weeks. So it was a beautiful experience I will never forget and I feel very very lucky. I just think as an audience member and as a fan of the show, I think it was really cool to see these characters be so deeply involved in each other’s lives, almost sort of orbiting each other and never really sitting down and talking about things. Just as a fan of the show, I thought it was so awesome that they sat and talked about the baby. It was not even just great television, but a great writing moment and you only get that kind of thing after you do something for four years.”—
Another great quote, “I feel like Peggy is getting younger.”
It fits well with Weiner’s comment to The New York Times, “I look at the episode where Pete found out [Trudy was] pregnant. To me, that story was basically, Pete is getting older and Peggy’s getting younger. She’s going to go out with the kids in the Village and kiss that guy in the closet. And Pete is having a child and going to lunch with the men.”
“Years ago I put together this benefit that was a parody of benefits, but it was a fundraiser that raised $140,000 for 826LA. But the premise was we did the benefit before “Knocked Up” came out, before Seth Rogen became popular and the evening was a tribute to Seth Rogen for the charity work he has not done yet. So we had everyone in show business show up for this charity event to honor someone that no one knew. We had tribute videos with Brad Pitt and Robert Evans telling him to please do charity in the future.”—Judd Apatow on Comedy, Kids’ Books, and Why He’ll Never Finish “Moby Dick” : The New Yorker (via comedycentral)
“Ms. Pogrebin, whose daughter Robin is a reporter at The New York Times, said she saw only one glitch in this season of the show, in a scene where Joan, a bombshell force at the firm, chatted with another woman in the waiting room of an abortionist. “It was never like that,” said Ms. Pogrebin, who has written about her own experience with abortion. “There was no waiting room, no women there waiting calmly, no seeing anyone else. It was all furtive and dead of night.” And, she added, “It was always $300; she said $400.”—The New York Times interviews Letty Cottin Pogrebi, a real life Peggy.
“Amazon said in a press release that Kindle Singles could be “twice the length of a New Yorker feature or as much as a few chapters of a typical book,” and would be priced much less than standard books.
This medium-length format has traditionally been difficult for writers to sell to publishers as it doesn’t fit into the mold of a printing-press distribution model. In a digital distribution system, those pricing structures no longer exist, and a digital price can be adjusted accordingly.”—Amazon Introduces a Format for Shorter E-Books - NYTimes.com
“Alaska Dispatch founder and editor Tony Hopfinger was grabbed and handcuffed by a private security detail working for U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller on Sunday while trying to ask the Fairbanks Republican questions following a town hall meeting at Central Middle School in Anchorage on Sunday.”—
Yep, you read that right: A U.S. Senate candidate’s private security detail arrested a reporter.
“An hour after viewing and mulling this over, though, I still can’t come to a resolution over whether Don’s decision to make Megan the next Mrs. Draper is reasonable or insane. Part of the impetus would seem to have come from the sheer materializing of the ring that Anna left Don: He must have understood this to mean that she hoped he’d re-marry. Don is clearly moved by Megan’s kindness and ease with the children during the trip. He tells her that he feels around her the way he always wanted to feel. (Serene? Youthful? Unburdened by his duplicities?) Also, any indications that Megan slept with Don originally out of cold careerism seem to have evaporated. And yet, she doesn’t know the single most significant thing about Don, as Faye does. And we could argue that it wasn’t merely the Megan positives that drew Don to her but the perceived Faye negatives as well.”—Ginia Bellafante at The New York Times wraps up last night’s “Mad Men,” though one of our editors claims she is “insanely generous to DD.” That said, her recap touches on a lot of we noticed - from Ken Cosgrove drawing the line between work and family, to Peggy and Joan’s shared moment.
“With Botox, a person can respond otherwise normally to an emotional event, [such as] a sad movie scene, but will have less movement in the facial muscles that have been injected, and therefore less feedback to the brain about such facial expressivity. It thus allows for a test of whether facial expressions and the sensory feedback from them to the brain can influence our emotions.”—Joshua Davis, Psychologist at Barnard College in New York. ‘Botox paralyzes your emotions, too, study shows’ [MSNBC] (via bunch)
“-Team relocated to East Hampton
-Fish eye camera used on stadium Jumbotron at all times
-No more cheerleaders. HONEYS. Lots of honeys.
-All offensive and defensive plays openly stolen from other teams, and from Sting
-No one in stadium allowed to make fun of Diddy’s underbite
-Admission price for Jennifer Lopez and family doubled
-Parking spaces widened to allow for customized Escalades
-All players forced to point skyward after scoring to acknowledge Biggie
-Opponents not wearing all-white uniforms turned away at stadium gate
-Team almost solely reliant on guest appearances
-All players cuts conducted live by Diddy at 4PM on MTV (weekdays)
-Gilbert Arenas brought in to lecture players about the utter coolness of openly displaying guns in the locker room
-Stadium beer vendors forced to sell Cambodian breast milk”—Drew on the Possible Features of an NFL Team Owned by Sean Combs
“Personally, I don’t particularly care if Mel Kiper counts cronyism as a factor when adjusting his rankings. This is because those rankings are, inherently, meaningless. Totally meaningless. They’re so meaningless, Mel changes them every week just so he has a new article to publish. Any reasonable NFL fan knows Mel is full of it. But that’s the point. Mel Kiper is an enjoyable entertainer because he’s so passionate about selling his own, utterly unique brand of BS.
But that BS is solely dependent on Mel’s audience wanting to buy it.”—Drew: Mel Kiper’s Career Isn’t Over
“Sesame Street has always used spoofs of popular culture to draw in and connect with its audience. We use spoofs and celebrity appearances to draw in the adult, because research shows that a child learns best when co-viewing with an adult.”—Sesame Workshop vice president and executive producer of Digital Media Miles Ludwig • Explaining the quick success of last week’s Grover “Old Spice” parody, which has earned millions of views in just a few days. You know what’s funny, though? That’s exactly what another Sesame Workshop employee said about the Katy Perry thing on Good Morning America not so long ago. It seems to us that when they hit it, they hit it out of the park, but when they miss, something like Katy Perry happens. source (via)
“One guy who needed money was Ryan Leaf, which was why in 1996 I met with the Cougars’ quarterback at a hotel near campus. This was before his junior season, and Ryan was on the cusp of stardom. He was a whale. I knew that if I could sign him, it would change my life. At the hotel, Ryan made it clear that he had significant credit card debt, something like $5,000, and needed help. I knew that if I just paid off his debt, he would forget about me and have no reason to develop a relationship. “But I want to help,” I said. “How much do you think you would need each month to make your life easier?” He said he needed around $500 a month, which wasn’t much to pay for a player with Ryan’s potential earnings. In the bathroom of that hotel, he signed an undated representation contract and a loan agreement for the money.”—From George Dohrmann’s remarkable expose in the new Sports Illustrated about sports agents and their routine cash payments to college athletes. Read every word. (via devingo)
“It’s still knackering though, as we English like to say, beyond knackering, to do this every day - because I find I cannot phone it in and live with myself and cannot walk away and live with myself either. So better to say, perhaps, that, in the end, it is possible to sustain this day after day, hour after hour, minute after minute, for ten years, because of the sheer exhilaration that this kind of freedom provides, and its potential for good as well as evil, and the knowledge that as long as we live and breathe in the West as we know it, this freedom is ours for the taking.”—Andrew Sullivan reflects on 10 years of continuous blogging. Happy 10th, Daily Dish! (via theatlantic)
“… those readers who bothered to comment appeared interested—typically, and to Denton’s ongoing dismay—only in the pursuit of cleverness, not actionable intelligence.”—The New Yorker’s nicely-put summation of a failed Gawker comment thread.
Revenues from bedbug extermination hit $258 million last year, up from $98 million 2006, according to the trade group, which represents 7,000 pest control companies. Industry officials expect 2010 revenues to be even bigger.
“Consider the contents of the bedroom: “It has been calculated that if your pillow is six years old (which is the average age for a pillow), one-tenth of its weight will be made up of sloughed skin, living and dead mites, and mite dung.”—An NYT Book Reviewer quoting Bill Bryson.
A few months ago, at a party, Denton ran into Sheila McClear, a features writer for the New York Post whom he had fired from Gawker. (She learned of her termination when a reporter e-mailed her.) “He went out of his way to talk to me,” McClear said. “I felt kind of honored. He was, like, ‘I have some gossip for you,’ and told me some juicy info about one of my colleagues. Then he mentioned that he thought my job was super-easy, compared with blogging. And then the weirdest part was he claimed he knew someone I work with and said, ‘You know, it’s funny, when you first started, people hated you, and now they love working with you.’ ”