“…Rabbi Sklar [of Scarsdale!] calls the Coens modern-day Jewish prophets. ‘The role of the prophet is to speak truth to power and to speak truth to the people,’ he said. ‘The Coens see right through the foibles of our humanity. They turn their lens on ‘normalcy’ and make the mundane at once abnormal, beautiful and terrifying.’”—The New York Times, on A Serious Man
Rachel Shukert: Did you see that episode of Real Housewives of ATL where Nene was like: “I’m a size 10. I could probably get down to an 8, but I don’t feel like it. Why? Because I’m fucking HOOOOONGRY.” She is a national treasure.
Me: THAT WAS MY FAVORITE QUOTE OF ALL TIME. Why can’t we sneak into the VH1 Divas show tonight? Did you see Nene’s tweet today?
Rachel: NEWSFLASH—from the wires:
Real Housewife NeNe Leakes Devours Entire Country of Chile “She accomplished what I could not,” says Zombie of Deposed Leader Augusto Pinochet.
"When you’re writing and come to a rough spot and the ideas just aren’t flowing, put down dummy text and keep on moving—especially if it’s at the end of the day and you’re going to stop. Your brain will never stop for the day, even if you have stopped working, and there’s a very good chance you’ll come up with something better. Also, at the very least, you’ll have something to come back to the next day, instead of a blank page. That’s important.
But in general terms, just sit your ass down in a chair and hope your head gets the message.”
”—Larry Gelbart (1928-2009), on advice he would give to writers beginning their careers. From Mike Sacks’ exceptional book, And Here’s The Kicker.
"So the guy just starts pulling wigs out of his bag and is like "here are a bunch of wigs that I made because I am a professional and I know about wigs," and Kim is like "great now I have a company." I just don’t understand! Do you really need to have gone to business school to understand Atlanta entrepreneurship? Why doesn’t the guy in the high heels just start his own wig company?"
Character actress Barbara Bosson is best known as the former wife of Stephen Bochco, who used her in Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law, Murder One, and most importantly, Cop Rock.
Think of Bosson as Bochco’s Leslie Mann, or Mamet’s Rebecca Pidgeon. The only thing that’s of particular interest regarding Bosson in the scheme of muse/auteur couples is that Bochco seemed to bend over backwards to write dialogue for other actors that called out how unattractive she was. As Mayor Louise Plank on Cop Rock, Bosson was a human punching bag. “You sure are ugly, Mayor!” went a throwaway line on an episode that explored the humiliating subject of Mayor Plank’s virginity.
Here is a musical number from that very episode, “You Know That You’re The One,” in which Bochco allowed his wife to take a break from being verbally castigated, so she could get up on a desk and sing a bridge about how she was “born in Delaware, behind the Dover railway station.” (at 1:05)
I still find the melody of this particular song running through my head late at night, alternately distracting me from and causing its own unique nausea, like a perverse sea shanty.
The one thing we cannot abide is pretentiousness, says my friend Gary, who is right. There is a loving home for you in the American Pop Culture Zeitgeist if you are ridiculous and get it, if you are exuberant and awful, and if you are bats and scared. But if you are anything and full of yourself, you are fucked.
Cher wears crazy shit with a half-smile on her face. She did a sketch show where she got to poke fun of her husband’s height while he made fun of her nose. She learned that when you land a joke, you can wear whatever you want. She screamed at Nicolas Cage to Snap Out of It, and then she wore this to the Oscars.
I know Lady Gaga has a sense of humor. She says that she doesn’t eat anything because she’s a pop star, and she quips about her sex life and wears a fake peen in public and it’s cute. It’s Warholian stand-up, and the material is fine: I just think her delivery sucks.
Gaga doesn’t seem to think being funny is as important as being fierce. She wants her outfits to land her jokes for her, but they are just clothes.