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TV shows.

With the exception of Seinfeld and Twin Peaks — where I was an early adopter — I’m usually late to the party. With Breaking Bad, I’m really late. I only started watching it a few nights ago.

But I’m really liking what I’ve seen so far.

Breaking Bad Restaurant

The series’ use of 35 MM film does a good job of capturing the oddities and uniqueness of Albuquerque, which remains the strangest city in which I’ve ever lived. (For a stellar analysis of that town, check out Albuquerque: A City at the End of the World by V.B. Price.)

Also: I had no idea Bryan Cranston possessed such range as an actor. I’m familiar with him from Seinfeld and Malcom in the Middle — so I knew that he had comedic chops — but I didn’t realize his skill set went way way beyond situation comedies.

So I’m pretty hooked. And apparently I have very little time to get caught up on plot points and character development because the series finale is in August.

Shit.

Breaking Bad Winnebago

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PARANOIA

I’ve been in a literary dry spell for a while. Bought a Gore Vidal book and barely touched it. And I haven’t bothered to finish a few other things sitting around. Can’t get motivated to properly dig into this quite yet either.

But there are a few newly available titles trickling into the market right now, and they have my interest piqued.

A few of them:

Thoughts, anyone? I like the title for Kimball’s book, which apparently came out last year. Reminds me of the name I gave to a tag/category cloud on this site long ago, i.e. the Permanence of Fatuousness.

UPDATE: Got the Kindle version of Williamson’s book. So far, so good. Very engaging read early on.

UPDATE No. 2: Williamson made the news for throwing some chick’s cell phone in a theater. The New York Post wants his hat in the mayoral candidacy ring now.

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  • More Kalder: “For the Mullahs of Iran, America is the Great Satan and they are the servants of God. But while God’s people just unveiled the interstellar equivalent of a vacuum tube in a big brown box, Satan is kicking back and watching porn on a 90-inch 3D HD flat screen while sipping on a brewski.”
  • Still more Kalder:  “For too long Russia has been a place from which people flee, and not a haven for those seeking refuge. Russia would make an especially good home for all those actors who have declined in their homelands but remain popular in the East. For instance, Chuck Norris — I know he’s an ironic icon in America, but he was a bona fide god in Moscow in the 1990s.”
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Self portrait of Steve Ditko asleep at drawing board (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • Daniel Kalder: “Stan Lee went to Hollywood where he spent three decades failing to score any big movie deals; Jack Kirby died embittered at his treatment by the firm; and Steve Ditko turned to publishing bizarre Randian tracts in tiny print runs. By the 1990s, Marvel was fuelling a weird spectator boom with multiple covers on new first issues of comics that they printed by the million and which were obviously never going to be worth anything. A couple of disastrous business decisions later and they went bust, only to be bought over by Ike Perlmutter, an Israeli toy manufacturer who had begun his business career in America in the late 1960s, when he was paid to recite Hebrew prayers at Jewish funerals.”
  • More Kalder: “Just before Christmas I read Happy Moscow, an unfinished novel from the 1930s, set in the soviet capital just as the city was assuming its modern form. As with all of Platonov’s novels the prose is weirdly alienating but also intimate, and the book teems with tropes from the “Golden Age of Stalinism” if you will permit me to use such a phrase. Moscow Chestnova, the titular heroine, is a beautiful girl who becomes a parachutist; she goes to work in the metro but loses a leg; then she moves in with a bizarre, shiftless character who has more or less given up on life.”
  • The Soviet space dogs entry on Wikipedia: “Bars (Барс (pron. “Barss” not “Barz”; “Snow leopard”) and Lisichka (Лисичка, “Little Fox”) were also on a mission to orbit as a part of the Vostok programme, but died after their rocket exploded 28.5 seconds into the launch on July 28, 1960. Bars was also known as Chayka (“Seagull”).Other dogs that flew on sub-orbital flights include Dymka (Дымка, “Smoky”), Modnitsa (Модница, “Fashionable”) and Kozyavka (Козявка, “Little Gnat”).”
  • Also — Wikipedia’s monkeys in space entry
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This Robert!

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A Good Week

I think I’ve mentioned that it’s been a strange year for yours truly.

The strangeness has manifested itself in many good and many bad ways. Happily, this past week, the strangeness has been a very good, very fun thing.

Not all of the strangeness is fit for disclosure in blog-form.

Some of it is, though.

From Texas, the great Daniel Kalder sent signed copies of his excellent books Lost Cosmonaut and Strange Telescopes. He also sent the Polish-language version of Lost Cosmonaut, which looks really cool, although I can’t read a word of it:

D.K. was also kind enough to send several amazing photographs from his personal collection (© Daniel Kalder). Please don’t redistribute in any fashion.

Here’s a few from Kalmykia, the strangest of estranged Russian lands, IMHO.

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Fuck All You Motherfuckers

Another nice bit of mail showed up in the form of this book:

Imagine my surprise when I discovered that Brian Clark, the author, mentions yours truly in the “thank you” section, along with a diverse group of talented folks:

Thanks:

Skiba, Boyd, Emily, Vadge, Trace, Stephanie, Ruth, Iced Borscht and Lisa

Beautiful this strange world of ours, nyet?

Thanks to Daniel and Brian for adding to the past week’s excellence quotient.

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