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  1. Avatar Saul Degraw says:

    As a former theatre person, I have all sorts of friends who made it farther in their artistic/creative careers and seem to come up everywhere and know everyone. One friend from undergrand seems to be personal and professional friends with some big name internet writers like Bertlasky, Marcotte, Mike Daisy. Freddie DeBoer, etc. It is always a bit odd to see these people comment on his facebook feed especially when he is writing about mundane things like a BBQ.

    Now I am not the only person who did not make it very far but I do admit to tinges of jealousy because it seems like someone I know is always doing something amazing. There was an n plus one essay I read this week on the feeling.

    I also finished The Rise and Fall of Great Powers by Tom Rachmann. Something about the writing of the novel compelled me to read it to the end even though I felt that many of the characters were cardboard cliches. The story is about a young woman who is whisked away from her father at ten by a trio of people and therefore ceases to have a conventional life. The trio were the cliches. There is a woman who can be charming but also extremely moody, hot and cold. An intellectual Russian with a curmudgeonly streak who is kind-hearted to the the protagonist, and their ring leader who is a “charming” ne’er do well who sees the world as a filled with marks as using the girl to help con people. Typical cons would be taking her to a fancy restaurant on her birthday, seducing the waitstaff and then sneaking out before paying the final bill by leaving his jacket (purchased cheaply at a thrift store) drapped on his chair. Or they would go to a busy train station and convince someone to give the protagonist 500 dollars in exchange for a bigger promised reward later.Report

  2. Avatar James Hanley says:

    Watching the Netherlands-Mexico game. I doubt any of the players will be anyone I knew in Indian back in the early ’80s.Report

  3. Avatar aaron david says:

    I went to high school with one of the “Gentlemen” from Jackass, but have never really watched it, does that count? I have been walking around the house, looking for something to read (I do have thousands of books, many unread by me) and nothing is jumping out at me, so I have been picking things up, putting them down, etc. But supposed to go wandering around the east bay today with my son, so hopefully I will pick something up.Report

  4. Avatar Will Truman says:

    I absolutely blasted through Fargo, in unprecedented time. It wasn’t great, but it was definitely interesting. There were a lot of great touches, like “Deaf Fella” on the conspiracy board. The stereotypical Minnesota accent grates. I like crime stories, though, and I like stories in atypical settings (ie anywhere but New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago) and so there was an appeal to me.

    I also got caught up on Game of Thrones. The Blacklist is on now.

    Audiobookwise, I made some more progress on Foundation, listened to a Graphic Audio Superman/Demon/JonahHex story, and am now back to Bosch (City of Bones).Report

  5. Avatar zic says:

    I’m watching this.Report

  6. Avatar zic says:

    And it’s in the 80’s, and dry, and the air smells like wild roses, waterlilies, and pine trees.Report

  7. Avatar Anne says:

    Not a TV show or movie but from my time in Colorado in my early 20’s I know two artist who did art for the Alpha deck of Magic the gathering and another person who is now a fairly well known author and is friends with GRR MartinReport

  8. I’m still working my way through James Baldwin’s collected essays. (I’m a slow reader.)Report

  9. Avatar Chris says:

    People I went to high school with are all over the music insist industry now. Mostly country. I see them pop up now and then. Also, I went to kindergarten with Reese Witherspoon. Apparently my mom was friends with her mom. I remember none of this.Report

  10. Avatar ScarletNumbers says:

    I am using this space to say that I don’t like the redesign of the Ordinary Times home page.Report

  11. Avatar ScarletNumbers says:

    Over the weekend I watched the premiere of Girl Meets World.

    I am not one who prays at The Altar of Diversity.

    However, I was struck by how white the school scenes were. This was an ordinary public middle school in New York City, and an actual school like that wouldn’t have these lily-white demographics.Report

  12. Avatar Mad Rocket Scientist says:

    Our best friends went to college with Dexter (and actually knew him personally, instead of just noticing that his name was on the alumni list).

    That’s all I got.Report

  13. Avatar Maribou says:

    I hadn’t really finished anything of note (filmic or written) so I wasn’t going to comment.

    But then last night I saw the show Absinthe, in the round in the second row, in a tent in front of Caesar’s Palace. It is both incredibly offensive and incredibly beautiful, and I am most grateful for the experience. I’ve never actually felt religious ecstasy ( / a temporal lobe disturbance ) while watching acrobats before.Report

  14. Avatar Patrick says:

    I went to high school with this guy. Who, in an interesting small world event, eventually met and married the younger sister of one of my wife’s high school friends.

    And then randomly moved to my neighborhood.Report

    • Avatar Mike Schilling says:

      Similar story, though no one famous is involved. When the kids were tiny, we lived about an hour away from where we are now. We became good friends with a couple on the next block who had two teenaged sons. We recently learned that the younger one had moved nearby, so we went to visit him in the house he’d just bought, which was right next door to the one I grew up in.Report

  15. Avatar North says:

    Hellboy in Hell baby!!! Finally got the first trade paperback and it’s mmmm mmmmm good right from the get go. Finger licking good!Report