Tommy Lasorda’s opinion of Kingman’s performance. An all-timer.
An unquestionable classic, surpassed (possibly) only by Tommy Lasorda’s opinion of Kurt Bevacqua. Did every manager thirty years ago talk shit like this and only LA reporters bothered keeping the tapes to upload to the Internet?
His debut album, Illmatic, is still regarded as one of the best rap albums ever recorded by a man. Extraordinarily, the album was created with a team of almost all male collaborators, including Q-Tip, DJ Premier, Pete Rock and fellow male rapper AZ. (Somehow, despite all the testosterone in the room, it didn’t even wind up sounding like the score to a dick-flick.) Nas was hot enough—both on the mic and in that baby face of his—that even female artists took notice: he married singer Kelis in 2005.
Does anyone recognize their keys in this pile? I am reasonably sure everyone who ever gave me a spare key has moved in the past couple of years. What are you supposed to do with these keys? Melt them down? Donate them to a locksmith? Try to break into your brother’s old apartment?
Q:"Asking any reader to have to do homework in order to understand a story that they’re reading is ridiculous. Imagine asking the same of a film or a novel or a television show. Absurd!" Don't TV shows do that all the time? Do you think a late episode of Breaking Bad is accessible to someone who's never watched the series?
Yes, I do. A new viewer may not understand every aspect of every relationship, but go back and watch any random episode and pay attention to just how often the characters’ names and relationships are stated and re-stated within the context of each episode. Sure, to get the full picture, you might want to go back and watch the whole thing, but a television series, like a comic book series, picks up readers by hooking them as it goes. How many of those Breaking Bad viewers do you think started with the first episode?
Going out on a limb to say that with Netflix/iTunes/Amazon/DVDs/constant reruns that the vast majority of them did.
Even sitcoms don’t really run by the old 1980s comic rules of having the scene where Walter White recaps his origin story (lung cancer) or his superpowers (super meth cooking) in the first act. I’m reasonably sure entire episodes pass without any mention of how Jesse Pinkman was his entry point into meth cooking, or that he was his former student, or that ASAC Hank Schraeder is his brother-in-law.
To use a more episodic example, I’m trying to remember the last time an episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia explicitly stated that Dennis and Sweet Dee are siblings, or that they grew up assuming that Frank is their father, never mind the fact that he is not in fact their biological father, never mind the fact that he is almost certainly Charlie’s biological dad even though they live together and sleep on the same hide-a-bed. I guess some of that is not germane to a given week’s story, and they establish quickly that there are five terrible humans who own (or at least loiter in) a bar, and that’s really all that is important from week-to-week, even when jokes rely on the secondary knowledge base I mentioned.
In the past it was unrealistic to expect someone to start with the first issue/episode of a story. With collected and digital editions, it’s unrealistic to assume anyone wants to jump in blindly after several years of storytelling.
I admit i do not know where this conversation started, and in terms of “homework” I think there’s a huge difference between “watch the first season of Homeland” or “read the first Harry Potter book” and the sort of homework some comic books require, a la “if you want to follow New Avengers v2 #13 read all of Avengers v5 and New Avengers v2 #1-12 and also the core issues of Infinity in the proper order and you might want to check out these Inhumanity one-shots and also you might want to check out Fantastic Four #570-588 and then also #600-611 and actually 589-599 don’t exist because they’re labeled FF #1-12 but FF continues and runs parallel with F4 #600-611 but read them consecutively because they cross over and honestly you might want to pick up Dark Reign Fantastic Four because it leads into both F4 and NA. No, you don’t really need to read Dark Reign but you might want to check out AvX for more context regarding…”
There are no hidden arcs of Mad Men or Community or Northern Exposure you need to watch in order to understand the fourth season of Breaking Bad, but you definitely might want to watch the first three seasons, and I think people understand that.
WHY I WILL NOT BE EXCHANGING NEW YEAR’S GREETINGS IN REAL-TIME WITH ANY OF YOU:
I wish I had a real New Year’s Rockin’ Eve story about why I won’t be calling or texting anyone when 2014 strikes us. Instead, here is what happened: I bought an enormous bag of kitty litter this afternoon at Costco. Forty two pounds of the stuff. It was awkward to carry, despite its touted easy-carry pull-out handle. As I was crossing Third Avenue, I shifted the bag onto my shoulder, catching it on my headphones and yanking the phone out of my pocket and onto the four lane highway right in front of me.
Along came a speeding van, which miraculously ran my phone over on the first attempt. Above is the result. In a way the kitty litter bag was a symbol of good fortune, as its bulk prevented me from impulsively jumping for the phone and getting hit by the aforementioned van. I am physically intact (besides the stitches I got last week thanks to a freak mandoline accident) and able to enjoy this perfectly analog New Year’s Eve. I am told I will receive a new phone in the mail on Thursday, so normal communication will resume at that time.
Though this is only a minor inconvenience in the macro sense, I still feel like Jessica’s cats had better shit their brains out in 2014 in gratitude.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!