December 29th, 2005


The Entertainment Industry

Every time I visit my family in NYC, one of the side effects is hearing from my brother Sean who ELSE in the entertainment industry is a Big Gay 'Mo. It's a silly game to play, of course -- we don't pay them to have sex with their chosen desired gender, we want them to make good entertainment. Well most of 'em we don't pay to have sex, but you know what I mean...

All that aside, I came up with a very valid question about American Entertainment: If all of a sudden all the Canadians, Jews, and Homosexuals went away, who would be left?

And should we be awarding a 'Hat Trick' Oscar for the best actor* who is all three?

*men and women actors both -- isn't 'actress' deprecated?

Books You May Enjoy

Before I return them to the library and forget what they were:

Zanesville by Kris Saknussemm -- a lot of fun in that wacky shit piled on wacky shit Sci Fi genre. Spends a whole chapter describing Las Vegas being destroyed by giant robots in the shape of 20th Century Celebrities just to set up the line "not with a bang, but a Winfrey." It is such a dog's breakfast of pop culture, garbled cutting edge science, Vonnegut, WS Burroughs, and PK Dick that he gets points just for holding it together, though in the end he's done more than that. Oh, and his website is one that makes a lot of noise, so you're warned.

Godplayers Damien Broderick -- more whimsy, along with strategies to survive the heat death of the Universe, talking dogs, curious relatives. Fun and well written.

Here, There and Everywhere by Chris Roberson. Glib, but engaging time travel novel, that I read in parallel with Godplayers, and while different in tone, similar enough to that book that I kind of conflated them together in my mind.

The Best Nonrequired Reading 2005 -- Short fiction, non-fiction and other stuff, selected by Dave Eggers and a group of Bay Area high school kids. Pretty diverse mix of stuff, but all marked by being A) Really Interesting and B) Really well-written. There's a whole universe of stuff out there they could have chosen, but they stuck with stuff that has that wonderful quality of transparence that Truman Capote was always trying to reach: when you read, the language doesn't distract from the contained story. That sort of writing is way more difficult than it looks, and they found a bunch of it. And they're all short pieces -- a bus ride, or a lunch break per entry, without seeming hurried or incomplete.