Eugene Mirman in NY Mag (Thanks Emily!)
Details on Rian Johnson's new film, "an international con man adventure." Assiduous readers may recall that I am in love with his first film, "Brick."
Benjamin Franklin: our most hilarious Founding Father (by far)
as always... be the first to name the Genesis game (via email), get stickers in the mail.
Vendela Vida is the author of "Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name," as well as co-editor of The Believer magazine. Her first novel was "And Now You Can Go."
Don't miss a collision of TSOYA favorites as Tom Scharpling hosts Zach Galifianakis on The Best Show on WFMU tonight. If you live in the New York area, you can listen from 8-11 PM Eastern at 91.1 FM, or you can cruise over to this page to listen live over the net, or catch the archived show if you miss it live.
Did I mention I'm sitting on a kick-ass interview with Zach that'll air later this month on TSOYA? And that's above and beyond the interview you can find in our TSOYA Classics archive.
Don't miss this wonderful appreciation of Dick Cavett in Slate today. The interviewing heroes I grew up with are certainly David Letterman and Terry Gross, but Cavett is the model for what I aspire, one day far away, to maybe be. He was a moderately succesful comic who created a new kind of talk show. Clive James writes in the Slate piece:
The talk-show format depends on a comic monologue at the top of the show, perhaps a few sketches, and then the star interviews. Cavett's format dissolved the humor into the interviews, and much of his wit was unscripted. The idea that one man could be both playful and serious was never deemed to be quite natural on American television, and Cavett was regarded as something of a freak even at the time. Eventually he paid the penalty for being sui generis in a medium that likes its categories to be clearly marked.
I've been watching a lot of the DVD box sets of Cavett that Shout! Factory has been putting out, and they're a wonderful lesson on interviewing. Cavett is fantastically funny without ever imposing on his guests, and he actually seems interested in ideas. The tone can sometimes verge on pretense, but that's sort of a hazard of aiming high, I think.
Here's a wonderful clip of Cavett interviewing Woody Allen in 1971. After watching a clip from "Take the Money and Run," Cavett asks about an alley seen in the film. Woody mentions it was behind the hungry i in San Francisco, and Cavett is excited to have recognized it from his performing days.
"I thought so! I know that alley. I used to go there after my act, when I was appearing at the hungry i. I would go there, and meet the audience, and we would both be sick, occaisionally."
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.
Tunequest instructs on how to speed up playback of podcasts so you can cram more TSOYA into your life!
Dave Winer, one of the inventors of podcasting and the inventor of RSS, thinks public media should be about the public -- putting the means of production in the hands of listeners and viewers.
Ira Glass talks about the This American Life TV show (MP3)
Sun outside + light housework + Staple Singers on the stereo = a great Saturday
The show will have a four-week trial run in the timeslot, and further airings will depend on your support. If you or someone you know lives in Seattle, please support the show by listening, telling friends, and above all letting the station know how you feel about the show!
Puget Sound Public Radio are, much to their credit, working hard to create a distinct personality for KXOT, rather than simply airing the same-old-same-old NPR shows you can already hear on KUOW. Taking a flier on The Sound of Young America is part of that effort.
I'm so grateful to KXOT for this opportunity, which hopefully will qualify as a Big Break for The Sound!!
Ladies and gentlemen, may I present Jon Glaser and Jon Benjamin as The Fugettabudies!
If you're just waking up from a coma, like that one Mel Gibson movie, the High Five Contest is pretty much the greatest contest ever. We are giving away lots of great stuff, and all you have to do is take pictures of you high fiving people. There are lots of bonus points to be earned -- high five a child or animal, high-five in front of a monument or tourist attraction, etc.