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.
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.
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.
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’ve been listening to the Nerdist podcast for a while, and it’s pretty funny. Chris Hardwick is the host, and he’s also a stand-up comedian. Since I had been listening to his podcast a lot and a lot of the episodes involve him talking about stand-up, when I found out he was doing a show in New York I bought a ticket.
The criteria for Do Awesome Things are that I at least one thing a month, and that I do it alone. This doesn’t really count, but since it took almost the entire month, and it was pretty awesome, I am counting it anyway.
On Sunday, May 1st, someone tweeted a link to Tim Minchin’s song Confessions, and I watched it.
I have been reading http://smbc-comics.com for a long time – at least since 2007. When I found out Zach Weiner was putting out a book, I thought it was cool, but I wasn’t interested. I can have already read every SMBC comic, and I can read any of them again for free. Plus I sold all my books, and I am trying to keep it digital, so I don’t accumulate junk. Then I found out he was having a party in Brooklyn to launch the book, and he would be doing a Q&A/signing. Now he had me.
I don’t know if this is normal, but it seems like it could be. I have these things that are inextricably linked to people in my life. Ex: I will never hear American Pie without imagining being in the frat house basement. I will never hear Travelin’ Band or Tom Waits or watch Top Gear without thinking of Ryder. Any kind of motorsport makes me think of my dad. The Three Amigos, swimming pools, cold coffee, or fly swatters? Aunt Sherry.
I have been a fan of Kevin Smith since high school. Somehow I managed to watch his movies in reverse chronological order, starting with Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and ending with Clerks in the summer after my senior year. It’s a good thing I did, too – it’s the best way to do it. The movies keep getting better!