That rapid-fire Kubrick fest on the Simpson’s Halloween special was fantastic! I had to go back and see if they referenced Strangelove, Lolita, or Paths of Glory and sure enough they appear on record covers in the record store (Incidentally, in Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange he placed the soundtrack for 2001 in this scene, so this is sort of a double inside-out meta reference). I didn’t notice a Shining reference but they already sent up The Shining fabulously in a Halloween episode very early on. And finally, they closed with Kubrick himself giving the famous Kubrick stare. Brilliant!

Treehouse of Horror XXV

Can we be honest for a moment? Big Hero 6 looks like a pile of shit. Who’s with me? Wreck-It Ralph was similarly a pile of shit. I took my kids to see Frozen in the theatre a month before Christmas and figured the loan I had to take out to experience a movie in the theatre would be worth the transcendent experience that seeing a movie in the theatre often is but can we all just agree that Frozen was also a pile of shit?

Alf Clausen wrote better music for the first ten seasons of The Simpsons than Disney ever made after Howard Ashman died.

Going for the full gestalt.

Going for the full gestalt.

Sam Shepard and Barbara Hershey as Chuck and Glennis Yeager in The Right Stuff (dir. Philip Kaufman, 1983)

when I dug the deep grave
for her father’s body
through pure glacial sand
I came across one stone
at the very bottom
perfectly smooth
and deep dark orange
ripe as a fallen apricot
I brought it to the surface
kept it on my dashboard for miles
rattling around
wherever I went
she never knew where it came from
never asked
I never said

    -Sam Shepard, One Stone (Day Out of Days, 2010)

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"He felt he had left everything behind, the need for thinking, the need to write, other needs. It was all back of him."

— Ernest Hemingway, Big Two-Hearted River, Pt. I

It was then I knew I’d had enough,
Burned my credit card for fuel
Headed out to where the pavement turns to sand
With a one-way ticket to the land of truth
And my suitcase in my hand.
How I lost my friends I still don’t understand.

(Neil Young, Thrasher)


Sam Cooke recording at RCA Studios, 1959

(via intheminorkey)

Some of these piano rolls are quite intricately detailed.

Some of these piano rolls are quite intricately detailed.

Cataloging player piano rolls.

Cataloging player piano rolls.

"Nick did not like to fish with other men on the river. Unless they were of your party, they spoiled it."

— Ernest Hemingway, Big Two-Hearted River: Part II

"The best thing for a case of nerves is a case of scotch."

— W.C. Fields