going back to Avenue 5. I had no patience for anything other than the original Startreck but this is pretty funny.

You know, one of the smartest things anyone ever said to me in this business came from Michael Mann, a brilliant writer, a brilliant director. I was hired to do a rewrite on what was already a really good script. It was the early days, and I’m saying to him, “O.K., so what’s the message? Thematically, what are we doing?” All that film-school bullshit. But I honestly wanted to know. I wanted to pick his brain and ask him, “What are we trying to say here?”

He listened very patiently. I forget exactly the words he used—I wish I could quote him verbatim. But essentially what he said was “It’s your job to write an entertaining story. It’s your job to come up with a script that inspires the actors and director. And then, hopefully, this work will be viewed by moviegoers, and they’ll say, ‘Oh, wow, that was interesting. I didn’t see where that was going. I like the twists and turns. I like the characters.’ ” He said, “That’s the job, period. The froufrou thematic stuff is for other people to figure out. The college professors. All you have to do is tell an engaging story.” And he was right.

NyTimes wants bird trackers


"Bianchdudui di Bera is a unique and unrepeatable oxidative white wine. Since the 2000 vintage, an aromatic, savory and mineral Muscat left under the veil for sixteen years in a forgotten tank, a real Piedmontese vin jaune. In a word: harmony, which is not by chance the meaning of the ideogram on the label."

who's in?

Oy Vey Corral

RIP Kenneth Anger

e kelly, tiger

There's baggage and then there's Marlene Dietrich baggage. 

interesting article on espn moving towards conscious decoupling from cable not because they want to but because of its inevitability due to cordcutting. basically they (like many cable networks) will no longer be subsidized by cable subscibers that dont use their service, what this means for pricing, and the dim future for cable.


Politics, Power and the Supreme Court


just noticed season 3 of the great snuck in below my radar.

Maine Lunch IPA


100 RottenT

101 Wheeler

Florida man

needed something light, so...


pretty good

interesting cartographic anomaly.

Marble Hill's borders are defined by the course of the original Harlem River, which was also the northernmost end of Manhattan. In the 19th century, the Harlem River Ship Canal was constructed, but Marble Hill is still legally part of Manhattan. Marble Hill, including the MNR station, is still south of the original Harlem River (now buried), despite being on the north shore of the Harlem River Ship Canal. So that makes it as in the borders of Manhattan, legally, despite not being on the island of Manhattan.

my god. knicks game 2 was just an amuse bouche. they pulled it out against a deeply depleted heat to even the series at 1 a piece. game 1 of lakers v warriors starts now. as been noted by everyone nba-related i follow, its a wet dream for nba/tv execs. one more lebron-curry matchup, the two most marketable players/teams of the last 25 years. neither at their apex anymore but each has won a championship in the last three years.


Lizzy Caplan and Joshua Jackson: ‘Fatal Attraction’ Series Might Not Kill Bunny Due to Changing ‘Social Mores’

if you want to call a fellow a reporter a fucking cunt even as a woman and perhaps deservedly so, apparently you best not get it caught on camera. 

the key element in the tankie mindset is the simple-minded assumption that only the U.S. can be imperialist, and thus any country that opposes the U.S. must be supported. As author and human rights activist Leila Al-Shami put it several years ago, “The pro-fascist left seems blind to any form of imperialism that is non-western in origin. It combines identity politics with egoism. Everything that happens is viewed through the prism of what it means for westerners