Writer Jasper Fforde In NYC 7PM Tomorrow, Monday, July 23, 2007

July 22, 2007

Got in email:

Thursday Next is back — and back — and back !!! (you have to read the book)

Please join us Monday, July 23 at 7:00 pm to welcome Jasper Fforde as he launches his US tour for Thursday Next: First Among Sequels. The newest addition the Nextian Universe canon is fabulous and hilarious and incisive and just all-round wonderful:

First Among Sequels, the 5th Thursday Next caper, starts with a discussion of the National Stupidity Surplus, brought about by the government “discharging their duties with a reckless degree of responsibility that bordered on inspired sagacity.”

And in the Nextian universe, “Only a blunder of staggering proportions would remove the surplus, and the nature of this mind-numbing act of idiocy was a matter of considerable media speculation.”

Sound familiar? Hmmm…

So we thought we’d have a Contest, which many of you have seen on our website. In brief, submit a government policy of idiocy or brilliance and an act of inspired wisdom or reckless stupidity to generally balance it out. Let’s see, what comes to mind? Ban on heterosexual marriage? Immigration from the Jurassic Period?? Congestion incentive payments for Manhattan motorists, with block-the-box triple points?

Email your entry by noon on Sunday(*) to partners@crimepays.com (do NOT reply to this email) and Jasper will select the winners, who will receive a SIGNED first edition of First Among Sequels, along with a Making the World Safe For Fiction button and bumper sticker!

More info at www.crimepays.com.

We look forward to seeing you!

Partners & Crime is located at 44 Greenwich Avenue between 6th and 7th Avenues just south of 11th Street and 7th Avenue; also just north of 10th Street and 6th Ave, corner of Charles. Remember, Greenwich Street may tempt you or your sherpa but there is no Partners & Crime there – Greenwich Avenue only.

Subway directions:
Take the F,V,A,C or E to the West 4th Street station.
Take 1, 2, 3, to 14th Street station.

July 23, 7:00 pm
Event is FREE
Partners & Crime phone: 212-243-0440
web: www.crimepays.com

(*) Bah! I didn’t get to the email until today. Too late for the contest!

When I first saw Fforde at a previous signing (and at this great bookstore too), I loved his sense of independence. The Suits just couldn’t understand that he had absolutely no desire to lease/ rent/ sell the rights to his books for TV/movies.

I don’t know if I can get to this. I’ve missed him the past 2 or 3 times he’s been there. And yes, I’m waaaay behind in my reading. Everything past his first book is in my Infinite Book Queue.

See what the bookstore looks like at the bottom of this prior post.

Update: Dammit, I should get there. I’ll have image storage again soon. I can post photos!

YouTube: Gerry Anderson & Dire Straits

July 22, 2007

Yes! Finally!

Dire Straits – Calling Elvis

1991) Calling Elvis is a song written by Mark Knopfler and performed by Dire Straits. It first appeared on the final studio album by the band, On Every Street (1991). It also appears on the 1993 live album On The Night.

The music video was directed by Gerry Anderson of Thunderbirds fame and includes several members of the band represented in marionette form.

The song is about an Elvis fan who believes Elvis Presley still to be alive, referencing many of his songs

Dire Straits was an English rock band, formed in 1977 by Mark Knopfler (guitar and vocals), his brother David Knopfler (guitar), John Illsley (bass), and Pick Withers (drums), and subsequently managed by Ed Bicknell. Although the band was formed in an era when punk rock reigned, Dire Straits worked within the conventions of classic rock, albeit with a stripped-down sound that appealed to modern audiences weary of the overproduced stadium rock of the 1970s. In their early days, Mark and David requested that pub owners turn down the amps so that patrons could converse while the band played — indicative of their unassuming demeanor. Despite this oddly self-effacing approach to rock and roll, Dire Straits soon became hugely successful with their first album going multi-platinum globally.

The band’s best-known songs include “Sultans of Swing,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “Private Investigations,” “Money for Nothing,” “Walk of Life” and “Brothers in Arms.

Oh this video has some incredible stuff in it. Go see!

I Am In Ur MySpace Stealing Ur Friends

July 22, 2007

You have been warned.

There. Aren’t. Enough. Hours. In. A. Day.

July 22, 2007

Dream Makers MP3

— found on MySpace

Found On MySpace: Thug Lit

July 22, 2007

Big Daddy Thug

Go to www.thuglit.com ya bastard. Free noir short stories that hit hard enough to shatter teeth. Whatsa matter, Colonel Sanders? Chicken?

I Am Endlessly Persecuted For Appreciating Brilliance

July 22, 2007

I just found out, by sheer accident, that one of the greatest Britcoms ever done, Shelley, was released on DVD.

But only in the UK.

Goddammit, bring it here!

And The Return of Shelley too!

Even worse: I find out at this Wikipedia link that there was an entire series of Shelley that was never aired here!

Just kill me now. This is too much misery.

My Arteries Just Had A Seizure

July 22, 2007

The Mother Of All Hamburgers: In-N-Out 100×100

— via Matthew St. Amand (another MySpace Bulletin)

No Science Fiction Or Horror Story Ever Predicted A Mutant Like Her!

July 22, 2007

Tammy Faye Messner Dies at 65

The geniuses at Junkiness are apparently out of the office at some bacchanalia. They’ve not posted the brilliant and succinct snark I was expecting to be able to link to!

Instead, I’ve found a fill-in, The Angry Jew:

Rot In Hell Tammy Faye

Five Things Nokia Needs To Do To Improve Our Lives

July 22, 2007

1) Go bankrupt

OK, I lied. Just the one thing.

What prompted this? Some traitor with a Mac blog who wrote this piece of bastardry: Five Things Nokia Needs To Address To Beat The iPhone

Surrender your iPhone.

Surrender your Mac.

Go buy a Dell with Vista.

Or better yet, a blank Dell and put maemo on it!

Previously in this blog:
Nokia: Hankkiutua Sinun Hautajaiset
Nokia’s Creative Bankruptcy Continues Full Speed Ahead!
Microsoft, Palm, And Nokia: You Better Be Freaking Out!!
Oh, Look At The Pathetic Stalkers!
LifeDrive Notes: Final WiFi Unfun
Cheap Is As Cheap Does, So Don’t Buy Cheap!
The Nokia 770 Is Not Dead Yet: Except To Me
Nokia Hätäkeino Sen Oma Peräruiske*
It’s A Phone, You Life-Deprived Eejits! A P-h-o-n-e!
Nokia 770: Now 99.9% Shit!
It’s Time To Stop Looking At Cheap Devices!
OQO: Tough Shit
Oh Look! Just Like My Nokia 770 Nightmare!
Why Does The Truth Always Come Out Too Damned Late?!!?
Don’t Beg Those Bastards! Boycott Their Shit!
A Horror Of Lovecraftian Proportions
Hey, Nokia! This Is How Quality Works!
Welcome, Apple. Seriously. (Not!)
WTF?!!? Will The Nokia N800 Be Worth Buying After All? (Updated: No.)
Like This Shit Is News?
770 Shitcanned By Nokia
Nokia 770: The Endgame
Coming Real Soon Now: My FINAL Nokia Post
Nokia N800: Still Shit!
CrunchGear Has Balls!
Blame the Nokia 770, Dammit!
Nokia 770: Now Twice As Shitty
Nokia 770 Plumbs New Depths Of Shit!
Nokia 770 Gets Shittier
Is Nokia Delusional?
Nokia 770 Regains Shit Title
There Is A Right Way, And There Is The Nokia Way
Is Nokia Totally Incompetent?
Are You Nokia 770 Owners Nuts?!!?
Nokia: Please Unshackle Me!
(Anti-) Progress Report

Why Fake Steve Jobs Is The Only Living God On The Internet (Kneel!)

July 22, 2007

Bit of an argument at dinner last night

Well, this is just a recent example. There’s lots more there too.