I was on the podcast How Did This Get Made? discussing that old gem Hudson Hawk.
The Elan Dale/Diane plane note-passing off was a hoax. Soooooo, there’s that.
These reviews for a 5 lb bag of gummi bears are great.
Kim Kardashian had a charity auction for the Phillipines, and she gave them a whole 10% of the proceeds!
Kumail and Jerrod Carmichael are doing a show on 12/23 in Carrboro NC! Come on down!
A very sexy picture of Lady Gaga nude after the jump! No bits, I just genuinely think it’s hot. NSFW
I read a lot of books, and I get asked about books I read a lot, so I thought I’d put together this list of the best books I’ve read this year. This doesn’t mean the book was published this year, mind you, so hush up your corrections. I offer no links to buy them, because I’d prefer you bought them at a bookstore. Get in there.
The Devil in the White City- Erik Larson
An epic simultaneous tale of the Worlds Fair in Chicago and a horrifically efficient serial killer. Nonfiction.
The Dinner- Herman Koch
Translated from its original language, which I think is Dutch, this is the story of two parents who are slowly and quietly revealed to be overprotective of their son. The less I say, the better. Fiction.
Guns- Stephen King
Short, well-reasoned essay from a gun owner about the responsibility of guns. Essay.
I Would Die 4 U- Toure
An insightful look at Prince, and where he fits into American culture, and why he’s still a genius. Biography.
Lost at Sea- Jon Ronson
Jon Ronson writes books you can’t really describe easily. In this one, he interviews many people who have fantastical lives, and he waxes poetic about those lives. Essays.
Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls- David Sedaris
Still the master. That’s all. Essays.
Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy- Ophira Eisenberg
I loved this memoir about a woman who is unabashedly slutty that doesn’t try to retcon her life to rationalize why she liked to fuck a lot of dudes. She just did. And then she fell in love. Memoir.
11/22/63- Stephen King
A great novel about time travel and the JFK assassination. It’s Stephen King, so it’s problematic, but no one tells stories like this man. Fiction.
20th Century Ghosts- Joe Hill
A collection of modern day ghost stories from Joe Hill, of Locke & Key and Stephen King’s loins. Some are stronger than others, but definitely worth a read. Short stories.
Top of the Rock- Warren Littlefield
Fucking fascinating look at the rise and fall of NBC, starting with Cheers and moving through today, with insight into how shows were made (or almost not made). Nonfiction.
Heads in Beds- Jacob Tomsky
Amazing book written by a guy who has worked in hotels his entire life. You’ll laugh, you’ll learn, and you’ll love this guy’s voice. I do. Memoir.
Lost Girls- Robert Kolker
Someone murdered several prostitutes in the NYC area in 2010, and their bodies were all found in Long Island. The killer is still at large. This book looks into the lives of the women who were murdered, and the facts of the case. Maddening. Nonfiction.
Orange is the New Black- Piper Kerman
A lot of people don’t know that the show is based on this memoir. I didn’t until I saw the show. It’s different enough from the show to keep you interested, and it’s got way more stuff about prison culture. Memoir.
John Dies at the End- David Wong
A balls-out insane novel that I read after watching the movie. The movie is insane, and the book has things in it that are completely unfilmable. Plus all you wanna do is hang out with the two protagonists. Fiction.
The Invention of Murder- Judith Flanders
A book about Victorian England’s obsession with murder. It covers the legal system, the murders themselves, the pop culture that bloomed around crime, and somewhat boringly, the plays that were often “what ifs” about actual murder cases. Like old school Law & Order. Nonfiction.
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves- Karen Joy Fowler
The less that is revealed about this novel, the better, but it’s my favorite of the year. It starts in the middle, when a young woman is grappling with losing two of her siblings under mysterious circumstances. It’s funny, it’s sweet, and it’s deep as shit. Fiction.
The Corner- David Simon and Edward Burns
Another book, along with Homocide, that spawned The Wire. This book dives deep into a year in the lives of people in Baltimore’s worst neighborhoods. Tough to read, but really good, especially if you have no sympathy for drug users or drug dealers. Nonfiction.
Doctor Sleep- Stephen King
The sequel to The Shining that I thought I was going to hate turned out to be pretty good. Does it stick the landing? Maybe not 100%. But I still loved being in that world. Fiction.
We Are Water- Wally Lamb
I love the shit out of She’s Come Undone, and how amazingly Wally Lamb can channel a female character. He must have been told this a lot, because in this book he channels several women and men of varying ethnicity. He does a pretty good job, and the story was pulpy and paid off well. Fiction.
Hyperbole and a Half- Allie Brosh
Allie Brosh started a blog where she told simple, funny stories with words and MS Paint. Then she started struggling mightily with depression, and continued to make comics. This book tracks that journey. It’s funny and sweet and resonate. Nonfiction.
The Fault in Our Stars- John Green
Probably the most popular YA novel right now. This story is sad and moving and so wonderfully depicts teenage love that it made me homesick. Fiction.
The New Jim Crow- Michelle Alexander
A painstakingly researched and argued book about how we didn’t rid ourselves of Jim Crow laws, we just started calling them our penal code. Staggeringly eye opening. A must read. Nonfiction.
World War Z- Max Brooks
I haven’t seen the movie, but the book is a series of interviews of survivors of the Zombie War, and it makes you patiently tease out the story of what happened by eavesdropping. Fiction.
The lead singer of a band called LostProphets pled guilty to attempting to rape a baby this past week, which calls into question: can you separate the art from the artist?
Evan Rachel Wood is correct.
Any musician who is a gay icon should at least be able to speak about the gay community without this much weirdness- Britney Spears, everyone.
The sweet story behind the photo that humanized AIDS for a lot of people in the 80s.
Drew Barrymore in Playboy in 1995. NSFW.
The passion of parenting. I loved this essay in NY Times.
Love this: Feminism According to Stock Photography.
This Funny or Die sketch is one of the funniest things I’ve seen in a long time.
But also, the Bugs sketch from Mike O’Brien on SNL this past weekend destroyed me. The way the bug answers Peeta Mellark makes me nauseous with laughter.
This week in moron advertisting, at VICE!
I wrote this piece about my sister and I for Rookie, and it was illustrated wonderfully by Esme.
Seth Rogan and James Franco recreate that weird Kimye video SHOT FOR SHOT, and it is breathtaking to behold.
Here I am on Who Charted?, cohosting with Howard Kremer and welcoming guest Ron Funches.
Here I am on Screen Junkies, talking about reality show murder movies like Hunger Games and Running Man!
I love these six-second screenplay tips!
I wrote about how I went from being the baby of my family to being the responsible one among my friends, for Rookie!
Breaking Bad Season 5 bloopers!
New Indoor Kids episode up today, and it’s a Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show/Indoor Kids crossover!
Ron Weasley’s ice cream truck.
An artist drew faces and asked a 4 year old to draw the bodies. It’s oddly gorgeous.
Conservative Christians leaving fake $10 bills as tips, because why wouldn’t you?
I love this! 20 pictures where guns have been replaced with thumbs up!
This video has some good points about social media and loneliness but is also very judgmental and says some lame shit about what makes up a real friendship and intimacy. But I present it, nonetheless.
Damn. Tammy Duckworth, a House Representative from IL, dresses down a guy who is using vet services after hurting his foot in prep school while playing football.
Don’t buy boneless skinless chicken. Here’s why. Boneless skinless chicken breast has tasted gross to me for about three years now, and it’s nice to have some backup.
I know I’m late to this train, since they won the YouTube award for best everything, but this video for Girls Generation’s “I Got a Boy” is chaotic as hell and I can’t stop watching it.
A nice collection of the reasons famous women say they’re not feminist, proving that they don’t know what feminism actually means.
I was on Alison Rosen’s lovely podcast, and talked about menstruation, working with mental illness, and waaaaaaay more.
And also I was on John Roy’s podcast Don’t Ever Change, talking about high school. It got gritty.
Amazon is trying to get indie bookstores to kill themselves.
I’m gonna be reading from one of my pieces in the Rookie Yearbook, Year Two, on Thursday at Skylight Books here in LA! Come on down!