---World Order's "2012"
---Neyfakh's "The rise of punkademia"
---Ron Meyer confesses "Land of the Lost was just crap. I mean, there was no excuse for it" as Guy Adams examines the decline of the movie industry:
"There's very real anxiety in the movie business," says Kim Masters, editor-at-large of The Hollywood Reporter. "Audiences, and young people especially, are just not turning out to the cinema in the numbers they were. In fact, there's a joke going around town, though people are saying it through gritted teeth: $20m is the new $60m. What it means is that movies which used to bring in $60m in their opening weekend are now doing a third of that amount."
---classic video game deaths
---an encounter with the Oakland police
---David Lynch's music
---deBoer's "The Resentment Machine":
"The value-through-what-is-consumed is entirely illusory. There is no there there. This is what you can really learn about a person by understanding his or her cultural consumption, the movies, music, fashion, media, and assorted other socially inflected ephemera: nothing. Absolutely nothing. The internet writ large is desperately invested in the idea that liking, say, The Wire, says something of depth and importance about the liker, and certainly that the preference for this show to CSI tells everything. Likewise, the internet exists to perpetuate the idea that there is some meaningful difference between fans of this band or that, of Android or Apple, or that there is a Slate lifestyle and a This Recording lifestyle and one for The Hairpin or wherever. Not a word of it is true. There are no Apple people. Buying an iPad does nothing to delineate you from anyone else. Nothing separates a Budweiser man from a microbrew guy. That our society insists that there are differences here is only our longest con.
This endless posturing, pregnant with anxiety and roiling with class resentment, ultimately pleases no one. Yet this emptiness doesn’t compel people to turn away from the sorting mechanism. Instead, it draws them further and further in. Faced with the failure of their cultural affinities to define an authentic and fulfilling self, postcollegiate middle-class upwardly-oriented-if-not-upwardly-mobile Americans double down on the importance of these affinities and confront the continued failure with a formless resentment. The bitterness that surrounds these distinctions is a product of their inability to actually make us distinct."
---the problem with pictures under glass
---Bell's "Hellish Productions of Six Great Movies"
---trailers for Haywire, Corman's World, Holy Rollers, Under Fire, The Incal, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, and Snow White
---"we are a nation of prisonkeepers"
---Ryan Gosling saying nothing
---Lethem's issues with James Wood's review of The Fortress of Solitude
---Kasman's notes on Unstoppable
---lastly, Tom Waits and Iggy Pop in Coffee and Cigarettes