"That which is overdesigned, too highly specific, anticipates outcome; the anticipation of outcome guarantees, if not failure, the absence of grace."
-- William Gibson, All Tomorrow's Parties
Go and tell that midnight rider.

Motherless Brooklyn, starring Ed Norton, based on the the book written by Jonathan Lethem (Gun, With Occassional Music). This was probably the last really good book Lethem wrote (everything after just filled me with great annoyance), and the fact that it's starring Norton makes me really excited about it. Awesome.

I know this, because, well, Dan is losing his goddamn mind:

<Danelope> It's been one of those nights.
<Danelope> poster.jpg
<bda> Dude.
<bda> What the fuck.
<bda> What the hell is the source image for that?
<bda> It looks like Ed Norton, only FAT.
<Danelope> http://www.flickr.com/photos/ioerror/252721363/in/set-72157594299674015/
<bda> http://imdb.com/title/tt0385887/ # HOLY FUCK
<bda> No no.
<bda> The shirt is not mine. The jacket is altered. :P
<Danelope> You're right.
<bda> And y'know. Sideburns.
<Danelope> It started out with me trying to turn you into Dr. Orpheus.
<bda> Hhahaha
<Danelope> But that ran out of steam.
<Danelope> So, instead this.
<bda> I am cracking up.
<bda> That is hilarious. :P
<Danelope> I told you, you look like a supervillain.
<Danelope> Or maybe a detective with Tourette's.
<Danelope> Hahah.
<bda> I read that book years ago. It's good.
<bda> Probably the last good book Lethem will ever write, that fuck.
<bda> Y'know.
<bda> I probably don't want to know.
<bda> But why were trying to turn me into Dr. O?
<Danelope> For the same reason I turned you into Zim.
<Danelope> I was bored and I felt like annoying you.
<Danelope> :)

Itemized explanation:

  • With sideburns, I look like Fat Ed Norton. Something to keep in mind, I suppose. I went looking for the source image, because it reminded me of Norton somehow, and thus discovered Motherless Brooklyn becoming a Major Motion Picture.
  • Johnny Cash did a cover of the old gospel, Run On, called God's Gonna Cut You Down. It's on American V: A Hundred Highways, the album Rick Rubin released for Johnny, posthumously.
  • Lathe is the name of a Palahniuk-style story Dan came up with a few years ago, about a demon stuck on Earth doing a stupid, pointless job eons after Hell won the War. I was supposed to write it, but as with all things I'm supposed to do that don't involve UNIX, I didn't get too far.
  • Rian Johnson is the director of Brick, which is probably one of the best movies I have seen in recent years.

Besides being hilarious, this makes me want to work on Lathe again. The last thing I wrote was on the plane to San Francisco, and it was this six page long Howl's Moving Castle treatment, only robot/AI house and deserted suburbia kinda thing. Not uh, exactly the same mindset as disgruntled-McDemon-guy.

October 7, 2006 4:55 AM