Friday, August 29, 2014

Apparently Lou Diamond Phillips is an amazing cook.

Lou Diamond Phillips is on celebrity Chopped. He’s wearing, like, reading glasses? He looks great.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

(Re)reading Esslin has also made it clear to me (1) why we skipped the Adamov chapter in the class I bought this book for and (2) that I’m not particularly interested in his plays.

If the theater had embarrassed me by enlarging and thereby coarsening nuances that was merely because it had enlarged them insufficiently. What seemed too crude was not crude enough; what seemed to be not subtle enough was in fact too subtle. For if the essence of the theater lay in the enlargement of effects, it was necessary to enlarge them even more, to underline them, to emphasize them as much as possible. To push the theater beyond that intermediary zone that is neither theater nor literature was to put it back into its proper framework, to its natural limits. What was needed was not to disguise the strings that moved the puppets but to make them even more visible, deliberately apparent, to go right down to the very basis of the grotesque, the realms of caricature, to transcend the pale irony of witty drawing-room comedies…to push everything to paroxysm, to the point where the sources of the tragic lie. To create a theater of violence - violently comic, violently dramatic.

-Eugène Ionesco, Expérience due théâtre, as cited in Martin Esslin’s The Theater of the Absurd.

I’m having a very difficult time (re)reading Esslin’s book without thinking about and drawing parallels between elements of absurdist theater and the “theater” of professional wrestling.

Which isn’t a complaint, it’s just a thing.


We can’t get enough of these inconceivably awesome LEGO dioramas depicting scenes from The Princess Bride.

"You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."

They were created for a fantastic collaborative project by nine different LEGO builders and displayed at Brickworld Chicago. When viewed in the proper order they tell most of the story simply using tiny plastic bricks. Feel free to quote the movie out loud as you look at them (we did). Here we see “The Fire Swamp” by Max Pointer, “The Battle of Wits” by Daniel Church, “Inigo vs. Westley” also by Daniel Church, “Miracle Max” by Paul Vermeesch, “Mawwiage” also by Paul Vermeesch, “The Shrieking Eels” by Ben Merrill, “Westley and Buttercup” by Casey McCoy, and “Inigo versus Count Rugen” by Matthew Oh.

Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”

Click here to view them all.

Then check out this interview with all nine builders conducted at Brickworld Chicago by Joshua Hanlon from

[via Screenburn]

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
missjendie replied to your post“I had a very strange dream last night: I was in an elevator that broke…”
Jonathan is the best!
This seems to be the general consensus. Is Drew anyone’s favorite?
Monday, August 25, 2014

Liverpool signed Balotelli???

Saturday, August 23, 2014




Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I had a very strange dream last night: I was in an elevator that broke - it tumbled down the elevator shaft (like flipped around) and I was stuck in an upside-down elevator for a looooong time only to be rescued by…1990s Arnold Schwarzenegger and the construction Property Brother?