August 13, 2008, 4:55 pm
Filed under: Books, Film, Music

Isn’t it funny when people get all excited about things that aren’t actually happening? Y’know, like Jesus coming back. Speaking of Jesus, his foreskin makes an appearance in Chuck Palahniuk’s Choke, soon to be Clark Gregg’s Chuck Palahniuk’s Choke, soon to be my second favorite Palahniuk adaptation of my least favorite Palahniuk novel.

Red band trailer here.

August 4, 2008, 2:13 pm
Filed under: Books, Sports

…an article about my dad’s book Fitba Daft in the Edinburgh Evening News.

NO: Funding Cuts Hurt DC Public Libraries by rachels
July 30, 2008, 8:46 am
Filed under: Books, Going Out
Courtesy of RG25s flickr

Starting in October, DC Public Libraries will be forced to reduce hours due to budget cuts. The reduced hours will close ALL libraries on Fridays, move weekday opening times later and closing times earlier, and remove up to 5 neighborhood “kiosks” in the city’s most under-served areas.

However, if the library’s proposed budget is reinstated by the city the closings may not have to happen….stay tuned.

Photo courtesy of RG25’s flickr.

YES: MY DAD by kyletm
May 16, 2008, 11:08 am
Filed under: Books

So my dad’s been working on this book about his obsession with soccer for the past three or four years now, and he just recently self-published it through iUniverse. This week it popped up on B&N and Amazon, as well a couple of UK booksellers’ sites (e.g. Waterstone’s), so I thought I’d give it a brief shout out here. It’s pretty hefty in price tag and size ($29.95, 480 pages) but check out the jacket description after the jump:
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April 21, 2008, 2:57 pm
Filed under: Books

Or so goes the Dante-inspired title of Dinaw Mengestu’s debut novel, which revolves around Ethiopian immigrant Sepha Stephanos’ experiences owning an ailing grocery shop in Northwest DC. Mengestu himself emigrated from Addis Ababa to a Chicago suburb with his family when he was two; he later attended Georgetown and eventually earned an MFA in fiction from Columbia.

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YES: “SNUFF” by kyletm
March 11, 2008, 12:39 pm
Filed under: Books, Uncategorized

My expectations are either wildly too high or wildly too low to read Palahniuk without bias anymore, but I’m gonna go ahead and recommend his latest, Snuff, about a 600-dude gangbang and all the (literally) slippy and (literally) shocking machinations thereof. Neither as ambitious nor as messy as 2007’s terrific Rant, it feels a lot slighter than that effort, or really any of Chuck’s previous novels. Then again, that’s not necessarily a bad thing– an extended Haunted whore story is still a great way to pass a plane ride.

Snuff, by Chuck Palahniuk, is out May 20th. Preoder here.

Yes: A real superhero movie by Jason Powell
March 6, 2008, 12:52 pm
Filed under: Books, Film, Uncategorized


If you haven’t read Alan Moore‘s groundbreaking graphic novel Watchmen, then you may think you can’t possibly sit through another big screen superhero flick, but trust me, this is no Daredevil we’re talking about. Watchmen (originally published as a miniseries from 1986-87) is a pitch-black take on the superhero mythos, with flawed-yet compelling characters and a depth of storytelling that’s still all too rare in the genre. Hell, Time Magazine even included Watchmen on its list of the 100 All-Time Novels. Needless to say, it’s a revered work, so the internets were in a bit of a tizzy when the long-rumored screen adaptation began gearing up. But fanboy rancor was soon averted after Watchmen director Zack Snyder unleashed a little film called 300 lat year. This guy is serious about his comics, and serious about being faithful to them, as evidenced by this comic to storyboard to film comparison. Today Warner Brothers has released the first character shots of the principal cast, and not only do they not look hokey as hell (I’m looking at you, entire cast of Fantastic Four!), they look true to the original character designs and badass in a believable, I’d-but-a-ticket-to-that kind of way.