Thursday, October 19, 2006

Video Jukebox

1. Dizzyhead Ben Kenigsberg, now a film critic at Time Out Chicago, recently slugged it out with Hannity & Colmes over the film Death of a President. BK makes a smart point: Most of these chains banning the film would never have shown such a low-budget release anyway.

2. Lots of people—well, maybe a dozen—have come to The Dizzies after searching for "oh long johnson," one of the purported phrases to issue out of the maw of an otherwise normal housecat. This is thanks to Izzy's feline-friendly post of earlier this year. Dizzyhead Brandon sends along this dog-centric corrective, found on YouTube. The pooches don't talk, but they're still pretty amusing. Woof!

3. It's always good to get MUGged—especially on Wednesdays, when proprietor Charlie Suisman often springs a slew of hump day distractions. This delirious game (from last week's MUG) is admirably aimless, with a happy-making soundtrack pushing you along.

4. Dizzyhead Euge passes on two excellent clips from the Stones' Rock 'n' Roll Circus—here's The Who (with Keith Moon in fine form) and here's John Lennon and Keith and Clapton and Mitch Mitchell (and, um, Yoko) doing a hair-raising "Yer Blues."

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Not a video: Jessa Crispin on 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, which I remember thumbing through...I don't think it made the exodus from the office, alas, but it had a number of surprising choices that I approved of—I'm drawing a blank save for Richard Brautigan's Willard and His Bowling Trophies, a book I should re-read. (I recall thinking that it was one of his very best, and saddest.)

Dizzyheads, what are your favorite Brautigans?

[Blank stares.]


Blogger Douglas Wolk said...

I read "I Was Trying To Describe You To Someone" from Revenge of the Lawn at a friend's wedding a few years ago.

11:59 AM  
Blogger ed halter said...

Why does Ben Kenigsberg hate America?

2:03 PM  

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