It's been a busy week with dealing with project hysteria, playing traffic slut by chasing Kaavya, staying out late at the terrific May St. Cafe, and arranging for a spiffy new design of this blog, forthcoming soon. So today seems like a good day to check on some other blogs.
Like Anna Karina's Sweater talks about a lost gem from the 1970's, John Frankenheimer's 99 and 44/100% Dead. It's not yet on DVD, but set your Tivo because it pops up on the Fox Movie Channel every so often.
Bookslut has been reading graphic novels lately and has two favorites. I don't particularly like milling about with the pudgy preteens in the comics aisle of the bookstore, so my experience reading graphic novels is still pretty limited. I've only read Daniel Clowes and Chris Ware, who lives somewhere near me. Anyway, Renee French and Julie Doucet are Bookslut's favs for the year.
A whole lot of people, and bloggers, will be at the LA Times Festival of Books this weekend. MoorishGirl gives a talk on Sunday.
2blowhards catches up with Nikos Salingaros, the mathematician and architectural/urbanism theorist and author of Anti-Architecture and Deconstruction. 2blowhards quotes at length from a letter to Salingaros from Paul Grenier of the Common Task about postmodernism on architecture and the word "fractal," both very bad when applied to architecture.
And finally, Crooked Timber has unearthed a novel by Karl Marx entitled Scorpion and Felix, written when Marx was 19. Get this--evidently Marx cribbed his material from Tristram Shandy. Read the quotation of chapter 37, reproduced in its entirety.