The Long Tail

fare thee well
Longevity is not exactly a feature of the Internet, so it’s especially nice when long-ago work suddenly resurfaces in unexpected places. This week brought not just one but two references to pieces I wrote decades ago — quite literally:

  1. At SmashCut, Nathan Smith watched Star Wars Wars: All Six Films At Once and quoted from my 2005 review of Revenge of the Sith.
  2. Jordan Hoffmann managed to sneak a reference to my 1995 (!) essay “The Fractals of Familiarity and Innovation: Robert Hunter and the Grateful Dead concert experience” into a Playboy article on the Fare Thee Well concerts. That’s right, a paper I wrote in grad school made it into Playboy. The wonders never cease.

Muckworld Roundup – Cheese Edition

My grandmother always said: “Don’t trust anybody who doesn’t like cheese.” It’s been a good week for movies — I saw The Bourne Ultimatum, The Simpsons Movie, Dans Paris, Sunset Blvd, The 11th Hour and the Inland Empire DVD — but it’s time to break up the rave reviews with a little artisanal gouda and some random nibbles from across the web.

Vermont Cheese

One of Astoria’s best: Ali and his Kabab Cafe in the NY Times

The Syncher, Not the Song: Douglas Wolk in The Believer on the Numa Numa Dance.

Berlin names street after Frank Zappa

Come be my friend: I’ve got a Facebook profile.

Jordan Hoffman reports from nerd heaven Comic-Con

Stoke your paranoia: White House revises post-disaster protocol and Old-line Republican warns ‘something’s in the works’ to trigger a police state.

Cows” is an old “multimedia” piece of mine I had all but forgotten about. Literary magazines come and go, but the web is forever. From drunken boat 3, fall/winter 2001.

Three summertime pop songs: Spoon, Dr. Dog, Feist.

… and finally there’s Trey’s new album The Horseshoe Curve and its companion EP Lucius Beebe, both comprised of tasty instrumental jams and outtakes from the glory days of the 10-piece band. You can listen to three tracks on Trey’s MySpace page.


Starting out like a romantic comedy about a phobic shut-in and his sexy neighbor, this truly independent production soon turns into a taut, claustrophobic thriller. The debts to Something Wild, Shallow Grave, and Double Indemnity are obvious but never overwhelm the original vision co-directors Kerry Douglas Dye and Jordan Hoffman bring to their material. In the interest of full disclosure, I should probably mention that I’m friends with the filmmakers and appeared in their previous production — so I’ll refrain from giving Body/Antibody a rating. The film will be screening in competition at the Brooklyn International Film Festival this June. Body/Antibody features fine performances by Robert Gomes, Leslie Kendall, Frank Deal, and Deborah Gibson (!).

Body/Antibody. Kerry Douglas Dye and Jordan Hoffman, 2007. N/R