Friday September 29, 2006
Brendan wants to know what he’s got to do to make the ALA’s most challenged book list. His book Donorboy includes lesbian moms and a teenager who calls God a “sick evil fuck,” so where is the publicity avalanche? … Bill poignantly describes a recent encounter with a guerrilla marketer. … Phil has had 1/2000th of a short story by Brooklyn writer Shelley Jackson tattooed on his arm. Now he’s looking for the rest of the story.
Wednesday September 27, 2006
I’ll be participating in a fiction reading sponsored by the Brooklyn Writers Space on October 10 in Park Slope. I plan to read something new. If you haven’t read anything old, you can download two of my previously published stories (from One Story and the Land-Grant College Review) as a free eBook. Here are the details of the reading.
I hate to say I told you so, but:
Experts are recommending caution to people who wear the popular “Crocs” brand of footwear, after several reports from around the country of children wearing the shoes and getting them caught in escalators. Experts say escalator teeth have been known to chomp up the shoes, and the feet inside them.
[Via WMC-TV in Memphis, although I also saw a report last night on WABC-TV in New York.]
Monday September 18, 2006
It seems the FCC may have buried a report that found that local media ownership does lead to more local news coverage, as opponents of media consolidation have long contended. Barbara Boxer is on the case and consumer groups are calling for an investigation. Could get interesting, especially if they discover quashed research demonstrating that prime-time nipple exposure cures childhood obesity and autism.
Friday September 15, 2006
Crocs, Inc.—maker of hideous rubber clogs—has a higher market cap than Earthlink. It’s true. Find out more in my article about the clownish kicks at Radar Online. Previously for Radar, I tallied the livestock value of a VMA gift bag, solicited logos for network television, and detailed the perils of dating backup dancers.
Wednesday September 06, 2006
At 1880 Broadway—near where Alexandra works—developers are hard at work installing 85,000 square feet of retail space in what used to be a vacant lot behind the Mayflower Hotel. The complex is supposed to open in December. For now, the construction site is decorated with one of those trompe l’oeil murals of shoppers scurrying from store to store. Some clever vandal, however, has added an interpretation of what more retail space really means. It means more fucking banks—and the imaginary shoppers couldn’t be happier. Click on any of the images (all taken by Alexandra) for a larger view.
I recently wrote a profile of Adam Pesapane—aka PES—for PRINT magazine, and it is now available online. PES made a big splash in 2002 with the animated short Roof Sex and has since gone on to do a lot of stop-motion animation involving everyday objects. While KaBoom! (commissioned by Diesel) is my favorite, he’s also done work you’ve probably seen for CoinStar and Bacardi. His latest short, Game Over, features re-creations of several classic video games. You can see almost all of his films at EatPes.com.