In September, I went back to Houghton for the first time since graduation. It had been three and a half years. It was fucking great to be back. I was actually worried that the place wouldn’t be like I remembered it. Even though the people (for the most part) were different, everything was just like I remembered it.
The first Chuck Klosterman book I read was Sex, Drugs, & Cocoa Puffs. I fell in love with his writing 4 pages in, during a discussion of how he blames his entire love-life of Lloyd Dobler – John Cusack’s character from Say Anything. So far, I have read 3 of his 7 books. His latest, The Visible Man is his second novel. I’ve only read his non-fiction stuff so far, but after he read a small section of the book, I am looking forward to reading this.
I don’t remember when or how I first heard about Reason, but I’m pretty sure it involved a youtube video with Drew Carey. Reason is a magazine that’s been around since the late 60s, and it’s among the top of libertarian political publications. Matt Welch is the editor in-chief of Reason magazine, and Nick Gillespie is the editor-in-chief of its website Reason.tv. They wrote a book, which was published in June, and I went to their book signing.
Lebowski Fest was started by two guys at a tattoo convention 10 years ago. They were bored and, as fans of the movie tend to do, started quoting their favorite lines and recapping their favorite scenes. The fest started out at a bowling alley in Louisville Kentucky, but now it travels the country, holding a bowling, costume contest, trivia contest one night; and a concert / showing of the film the next. This year’s NY Lebowski Fest was a little different. Since the second day coincided with the Blu Ray release of the movie, instead of a concert, there was a Q&A with the cast. The whole cast – well, not really. I mean, David Huddleston, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and Tara Reid weren’t there. But John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, John Turturro, and the dude himself Jeff Bridges were all there. The guy who played Liam (Jesus’ bowling partner) was there, too, but he wasn’t part of the Q&A – he was just there to hang out. When he was pointed out in the crowd, he stood up, and totally did the belly shake thing he does in the movie. Uproarious applause, of course.