Chuck Klosterman has a new book coming out today, Eating the Dinosaur. Here are a couple interviews, from the Wall St Journal and the Washington Post. As a bonus, here’s a review he did about a baseball book.
Mad Men Season 3 starts on Sunday and I am…excited. Here’s a round up of some of what’s been said about the show in the last couple weeks.
-Like cocktails? Here’s a Mad Men Cocktail Guide.
-Lots here from Vanity Fair, including a word on their obsession with set design:
A scene-setting anecdote everyone in the Mad Men orbit tells is how Weiner came onto the set one day and focused on some pieces of fruit he said were too large and shiny and perfectly formed; produce in the early 60sâ€”period produceâ€”wasnâ€™t pumped up. Get smaller, dumpier fruit, he ordered. (Depending on who was telling me the story, from cast members to network executives, the offending produce morphed from apples to oranges to bananas, but Amy Wells, the set decorator, said definitively: it was apples.)
-The New Yorker on advertising Mad Men:
The theme of season three is change. â€œWe wanted our key art to be more high-concept,â€ Schupack explained, unveiling the new poster, which hits this week: Draper is sitting in his office, looking nonchalant, as water rises up to his knees.
-Story about the real life person Don Draper is based on.
In the 1960s, Draper Daniels was something of a legendary character in American advertising. As the creative head of Leo Burnett in Chicago in the 1950s, he had fathered the Marlboro Man campaign, among others, and become known as one of the top idea men in the business. He was also a bit of a maverick.
–Playboy is getting Madmenized for the next couple weeks.
-Talking with the Mad Men costume designer:
Bryant mixes original creations with vintage pieces for the principal cast’s wardrobe, which is designed from scratch, starting with sketches. Her use of kaleidoscope colors, sparkling jewelry, brilliant prints and florals can be deliciously distracting.
-New York Magazine got into the act with a profile of Christina Hendricks
Which is kind of the point of Mad Men. Bad is sexy. And then just very, very bad. The show lures you in with a glittering surface, but just below is a hothouse of homophobia, racism, anti-Semitism, sexism, and a more general and crushing sense of isolation.
and Pete Campbell whom everyone hates except Matt Weiner apparently:
â€œI went to an all-boys school, and Peteâ€™s like the kids I went to school with. He could have been Holden Caulfieldâ€™s roommate, who borrowed his coat and didnâ€™t bring it back.â€
and a handy Guide to the First Two Seasons.
-Finally here’s the Wall St Journal on the story, which seems to be getting a lot of play this year, of the writing staff that is mostly female:
The story centers on Don Draper and his shadowy past, but a key part of the series, the writers say, is its complicated female characters. â€œItâ€™s less skewed than it appears,â€ says consulting producer Maria Jacquemetton.
I had no idea Larry David was in the new Woody Allen movie. That just seems so weird. I wonder if Woody didn’t feel like acting this time around so he had Larry stand in? Are there any other performers like this that seem almost exactly the same? To a certain extent Al Pacino and Andy Garcia are like this. Except Garcia hasn’t done anything notable in years and Pacino’s have only been notable for their awfulness.
Whatever Works comes out June 19
This short story from David Foster Wallace is perfect for those of you who’d like to read more of DFW’s work, but never will because it’s too long. It clocks in at just around 1100 words, half of which seem to be, but aren’t, in the last sentence.
And here’s a bonus Stephen King story called Rest Stop that I haven’t gotten to yet.
He’s great, I just don’t know how long he’ll last, and there’s whispers he’s hurting already this year.
Continuing the series of maintaining blogs for some of the authors I enjoy (Michael Lewis and Part 1 of Chuck Klosterman) because they won’t maintain them themselves, here’s another round of Chuck Klosterman on the internet.
Chuck Klosterman’s favorable and effusive review of Benji Hughes’ A Love Extreme:
Even after nearly three decades of MTV, we still tend to see musicians with our ears, which (I can only assume) is what the musicians would want.
Last week, Klosterman was on The BS Report with Bill Simmons (who calls Klosterman ‘Close-terman’ can we figure out if that’s how it’s supposed to be pronounced?) for 2 sessions. In the first they discussed the merits of pro sports (Simmons) vs college sports (Klosterman) and the second where they discussed newspapers, popularity and tenure.
Klosterman echoed David Carr’s thoughts that newspapers should have been charging on the web since the beginning and colluding to do so now is one way to save them. He also pointed out Simmons’ hypocrisy in criticizing sports columnists who have been where they are for ages. Simmons suggested that a lot of the best younger writers were leaving newspapers to go to the tubes, while Klosterman suggested that these guys might not be the best because internet is a popularity contest, judged by how much attention you can draw to yourself as opposed to how good you are.
Most interesting to me was a point Klosterman made a couple times that popularity begets popularity and the bigger websites are only going to keep getting bigger (though, wee Unlikely Words will soldier on!).
Since my favorite authors refuse to have blogs of their own, I will do it for them. Here’s an article by Chuck Klosterman about Obama’s brother-in-law Craig Robinson a college basketball coach in Oregon. The famous campaign story of Michele making (NBA alumni) Craig let Obama play basketball with him and his friends is retold and analyzed from a different light.
Here’s Klosterman on The B.S. Report podcast. Haven’t listened yet, but I imagine it will be good.
And you know what else? Someone needs to come up with an Alltop channel that features all the articles by all the good authors who refuse to have blogs. I’m thinking Michael Lewis, Michael Pollan, Klosterman, maybe Susan Orlean if it’s about origami or orchids, maybe Krakauer, Gladwell because he never updates his site. There’s others. Who am I missing?
Or, more likely, clumsy HTML. If you go to Esquire.com, at the bottom right of the page, next to the Hearst Men’s Network, is a link to “Being Green”. However, if you click on the link, you get a “404 – Object not found!” error, which is awesome and ironic in the same way that http://www.sarahpalin.com used to say something about intentionally blank” (not anymore, alas, the Election Time Capsule link rot has begun).
After some Googling, I found the “Being Green” website and it’s linked here for your reference. Seems they do have a commitment to the environment after all.