February 12th, 2008

in motion

snowiest winter evar!

The fluffy snow keeps coming down and we've already hit a record snowfall of more than 77 inches for the season!  And yes, this is the sort of item that passes for "breaking news" in Wisconsin, which frankly I prefer over most of the sensationalized bullshit that's considered breaking local news in other places I've lived, and which affects my life a whole lot more directly than most of those scare stories ever did.  So there.  I'd say more about the awesome beauty of my world right now but then Dave would accuse me of being a METEOROLOGIST.

So instead, a few completely random bits of non-weather-related information:

- John Cusack interviews Naomi Klein about her book, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism.  It's a juicy interview, both text and video, posted in several parts at the Huffington Post.

- Alex Cox is putting out a graphic novel sequel to Repo Man.  "We all came down for the meeting at Universal, and the executive that we had been delegated to meet was, like, 21 years old and had never seen the original Repo Man.  And so it was an absurd meeting of these four old men and this sprightly individual who just didn't know what we were doing in his office. Nothing came of it. Then we thought, Well, we'll try to make it independently."

- Two lit events I would happily attend if I were in New York this month: Cup and Pen Small Press Reading Series presents Small Beer Press, with readings by Carol Emshwiller, Ellen Kushner, Veronica Schanoes, Delia Sherman, February 13.  Barnes & Noble reading: Ultimate Blogs, Masterworks from the Wild Web with Sarah Boxer, Alex Ross and Jennie Portnof, February 18.  I go to New York every year purely for the joy of visiting Jennie, so if you are fortunate enough to be able to see her without extensive travel involved, you really ought to go and represent me, since I'm stuck out here in all this snowfall.  (What, Dave, I just mentioned it, ok?)

- Speaking of fantastic happenings in the city, have you all seen this yet, Improv Everywhere freezing in Grand Central Station?

Not to be confused with the way we're freezing here in Madison, with temperatures at negative ten degrees yesterday and -- alright look, Dave, give me a break.  It could be worse, I could be talking candy hearts, and I wouldn't do that to you, but I'm only human.  And kind of chilly.