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April 06, 2006


Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

* Otto Preminger's first movie, "Laura," was probably the best one he ever made. It's pure noir poetry, and as witty and concise as can be. It can now be bought on DVD for $7.47.

* Prairie Mary regrets -- evocatively and touchingly -- that she can no longer go barefoot.

* Tibetan Buddhist Internet Radio.

* Here's one blog that the more red-blooded among you may want to bookmark. (NSFW)

* She has made one of the odder career choices, but it's nice to see that she pursues it with real gusto. (NSFW)

* Rachel asks one of the key questions of the age: "Do I really need a land line?"

* It's his to do with as he pleases, of course. But still ... (NSFW)

* First the Village People, then "Brokeback Mountain" and now this. What remains of the American cowboy?

* Many thanks to visitor Ron, who pointed out that DVDs published by the top-of-the-line outfit Criterion can be bought here at up to a third off.

* Max Goss asks if Crunchy Conservatism can be nailed down. Lydia McGrew thinks the Crunchies ought to have more respect for material wealth.

* Robert Nagles reports on the madness that is SXSW.

* Best-known for "The Talented Mr. Ripley," the author Patricia Highsmith grew up in Texas, settled in Switzerland, and was a brilliantly malicious novelist and story-writer. She was also widely-felt to be one of the most unpleasant authors ever. Here's a Swiss intro to her life and work.

* Silly Europop bliss. I want one of those sweaters!

* Once upon a time we relied on TV Guide. Nowadays we can look to Podguide TV instead.

* Steve Bodio has been making risotto for almost 50 years. While he loves the dish and has his opinions about how risotto ought to be made, Steve thinks the foodies ought to knock off the "rice fetishism."

* Hey, what do you say we climb Etna in mid-eruption? OK, it's a little dangerous. But it should sure make for some dramatic photographs.

* Everybody's getting it out there, I tellya. (NSFW)

* Ain't it a bitch the way some American girls will perform for Europeans in ways they won't for Americans? (NSFW)

* Eva Herzigova fans should prepare to die and go to heaven. (Elegant, but still NSFW)

* If you have a couple of minutes, watch this short video all the way through. In the final section we get to watch "painting with movement," and it's really freaky. There goes all of art history.

* Here's a not-to-be-missed pop-culture resource.

* Yo, dude: It's the Web! Why should a photograph be a still photograph?



posted by Michael at April 6, 2006


If Tristan Taormina finds these seminars aren't pulling in enough revenue, she always could try writing one of those "For Dummies" books ...

Posted by: Peter on April 6, 2006 10:20 PM

Okay, that cowboy video was one of the most hilarious things I've seen in a long time. omg, perfect!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Kirsten on April 6, 2006 10:40 PM

I must say, after seeing those pictures I have great respect for Chloe Sevigny. Unlike so many young women today, she proudly remains in her _natural_ state. Though that must reduce her appeal among pedophiles ...

Posted by: Peter on April 7, 2006 12:02 AM

The first girly at that "hottube" blog, the one lip-synching Kylie Minogue -- Brazilian? God, I can't wait to be a dirty old man. God willing, I'll be a college prof someday. Me surrounded by a sea of nubile flesh -- yep, sounds like the cure for the monday blues. I'll just have to make sure I specialize more in psychology than neuroscience or biology: more girls.

(somewhat joking)

Posted by: Agnostic on April 7, 2006 01:18 AM

Chloe Sevigny? Isn't she dead yet?

As for the video and prostitute blogs -- These seem like corporate teaser material to me.

Posted by: . on April 7, 2006 03:30 AM

After watching the anal sex video, I predict fearlessly that the Muslims will win the war against this culture.

The childish stupidity of this nonsense is awesome.

It's the cult of the self-obsessed individual hyped to insanity.

These empty headed kids are the end of the line.

And, just for your information, there isn't much that is haven't tried in terms of sex.

Posted by: Shouting Thomas on April 7, 2006 08:34 AM

The I/O video of painting with whatever the "brush" picks up visually is pretty amazing. It may not exactly sum up all of art history, but it does seem to make most 'advanced' contemporary painting seem pretty redundant. As well as awfully, I don't know, behind the times? Shouldn't that video constitute the entirety of the next Whitney Biennial?

Posted by: Friedrich von Blowhard on April 9, 2006 10:46 PM

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