- Lilith Saintcrow offers some thoughts about why it's so easy to dismiss urban fantasy: pt. 1 and (a rebuttal to some incensed comments in) pt. 2.
- Sarah Rees Brennan offers a typically excellent and insightful post about YA covers, and the different styles that have been popular in recent years.
- Breaking! It's a Wonderful Life actually kind of bleak. (Also, deeply strange. I love it. C has still never seen it!)
- Libba Bray compiles a treatise on and list of the worst make-out songs of all time, songs that make it impossible to smooch. Your suggestions welcome in the comments.
- Tomi Ungerer's work returns to print. This piece is an excellent primer on his delightful infamy.
- Michael Dirda highlights some excellent small presses (Big Mouth!) and recommends some creepy fiction.
- More fascinating thoughts from Nicola, spurred by the now-developing creative coop.
- David Simon made some DVD recs on Morning Edition the other day, and was thoroughly interesting and charming. Worth a listen, especially for Wire fans.
- Fans of The Middleman may want to check this out.
4 thoughts on “Sunday Hangovers”
I always found It’s A Wonderful Life depressing and vaguely uncomfortable, both because the main character doesn’t get many of the things he wants and we’re told we have to accept that and even see it as a good thing; and also because I just felt like I was being emotionally manipulated, and sort of told how I was supposed to feel.
But then, it’s been years since I last watched it …
I think the depressing discomfort of it is what I love (also Jimmy Stewart is way more nuanced than usually given credit for in it). The fact it’s supposed to be this “heartwarming classic” but is instead an odd, dark movie with an unsatisfying conclusion. My tolerance for Xmas sap is pretty low.
thank goodness. You know I have been asking for years, what’s so wonderful about a wonderful life? And, it is exactly what I talked about at the comedy show I performed friday. I’m glad that the NY Times agrees that it’s bleak.
That movie has bothered me for years. And it just gets darker each time I view it.
!!! xo cc
I’m desperately in love with “The Middleman” series. I’ve been holding off on watching the last episode of the first season out of fear that it will be the last.
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