1. This one really deserves a post of its own. So much writing about Wall Street greed has the air of jealousy and pettiness around it. Nothing’s an easier target or more convenient prop for self-righteousness than a corporate cog (i.e. “I may not be swimming in it, but at least I believe in something–at least my work has meaning–unlike all those soulless automatons I knew in college who are chasing the almighty dollar. How do they live with themselves?!”). Which is part of what makes Sam Polk’s “For The Love of Money” column in The NY Times last week…
A hilarious and seriously relevant bit from comedian Mike Birbiglia about the fragility of what it means to be (or think of yourself) as a “decent person” and the often comic discrepancy between motivation and action. Taken from the recent goldmine of an episode of This American Life about “Good Guys”, ht CW:
One wonders how many times the Book of Concord has been mentioned on a prime-time sitcom… ht TB:
Recently a news story has surfaced about a certain Ted Cruz coloring book. Cruz to the Future (get it?) has already sold out of its second printing. And just in case you’d rather not feast your eyes on that brand of politics, the same St. Louis based coloring book company has published a similar illustrated diddy for fans of Occupy Wallstreet.
What struck me about this endeavor wasn’t really the politics of it so much as it was who the politics were intended for. The coloring book company has made it clear that these publications were not intended to be gag…
America’s Finest News Source came out of the gate swinging this year with a trio of upper-deckers this past week, first and foremost being:
MACON, GA—Sources confirmed today that the brainwashed morons at First Baptist Assembly of Christ, all of whom blindly accept whatever simplistic fairy tales are fed to them, volunteer each Wednesday night to provide meals to impoverished members of the community. “Unfortunately, there are a lot of people in town who have fallen on hard times and are unable to afford to put food on the table, so we try to help out as best we can,” said 48-year-old Kerri Bellamy, one of the mindless sheep who adheres to a backward ideology and is incapable of thinking for herself, while spooning out homemade shepherd’s pie to a line of poor and homeless individuals. “It feels great to share our blessings with the less fortunate. Plus, it’s fun to work alongside all the members of our [corrupt institution of propaganda and lies] who come out each week.” As of press time, the brainless, unthinking lemmings had donated winter clothing they no longer wore to several needy families and still hadn’t opened their eyes to reality.
Then there’s “Dad’s Tough Exterior Hides Angry, Resentful Center” and “New Report Confirms You Are Most Interesting, Most Important Individual On Earth”. Shine on, you crazy diamonds!
This one somehow escaped our attention last year when we ran our epic look at all the Calvin and Hobbes’ New Years strips:
Consuming 2013: Favorite Discoveries (Songs, Jokes, Documentaries, Writers, Poems) and Most/Least Popular Posts
Here’s what I consumed (and what consumed me) in 2013, a good deal of which has already been covered in embarrassing depth elsewhere on this site.
Favorite Musical Discoveries
1. Phantom of the Paradise – Paul Williams. I’ve always loved Paul Williams for his Muppet (rainbow) connection but never delved too deeply into the recordings he did under his own name. It took ueber-fans Daft Punk roping him in for their new record–and admitting in an interview that PW inspired their helmets–for me to finally take the plunge. Yet as good as some of those albums are, the soundtrack to Brian DePalma’s…