Linking Up Thursday Like We Mean It

by Patrick on July 9, 2009

Thursday is among the best days of the week.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s no Friday or Saturday, but it sure beats Sunday into the ground.  Don’t believe me, just look at all the amazing stuff I found on the internet today.

  • Anne brought this fine site to my attention.  Several things are amazing about this site, which I’m convinced is a joke.  1.  The atrocious grammar that persists throughout.  I’m no E.B. White, but come on, people.  2.  Hire a copy editor already.  Sarah Palin spells her name with an ‘h’ at the end. And she was governor of Alaska, not Georgia, as it claims on this page.  (And how terrifying is it that Barnes & Noble, San Diego sponsors this site.)
  • In somewhat less offensive news, Bruno opens this weekend.  Opinion is split on whether it is good or bad for gay people.  I will wait to see the movie before weighing on that particular point, but in the meantime, I can’t recommend Choire Sicha’s “review” enough.  I love the way he brings extratextual elements into his reviews, discussing audience reaction and other reviews.  “Bruno parodies gay sex quite outrageously. But at the end of the movie, all I could really think was that sex is always really gross, whether you are dressing up for it or not.”
  • From The Second Pass:  Ten classics you can skip.  This is a great post to argue about.  I’m going to agree with One Hundred Years of Solitude, a book that many people I admire list among their favorites but that I just didn’t get, and I will agree with White Noise, only because I think it is oft-imitated and might seem, to a savvy reader, a bit dated.  But The Corrections?  That’s a good book, and really, quite a lot of fun, too (except that interlude on the cruise ship).  Via Anne Trubek’s Twitter feed.
  • And lastly, a quick plug for our summer Saturday afternoon Music & Author Series.  It kicks off this Saturday with Quinn Cummings reading from Notes from the Underwire and local band Mynameisguy (they feature ukulele).  “If you miss this, you better be dead or in jail.  And if you’re in jail, break out.”  Seriously, though, it’s a lot of fun.