Sunday, July 19, 2009

Sunday Links

Other than starting game 7 of the NBA Finals at power forward for the Boston Celtics and giving an earnest, idealistic speech that changes the President's mind about a pressing matter of domestic policy after righteously firing a couple of douchebags who insulted Emily Procter, there are few things I would rather do than watch The National at the Pitchfork Music Festival with the staff of The Onion A.V. Club.

The Onion A.V. Club also scored this week with this hilarious article about the songs its staff members would like to hear played at their wedding. The comments are funny, too - giving the 'always be closing' speech from Glengary Glen Ross? Introducing the wedding party to the treble guitar and "NA NA NA NA NA NA NA" opening of AC/DC's "Thunderstruck," while is only slightly less trashy than introducing them to "I'm Shipping Up To Boston," which people of the Irish persuasion have been known to do in my hometown. Of course, the best thing I have seen at a wedding recently was when Arsenio Billingham and his bride read Sandol Stoddard Warburg's "I Like You" at their wedding ceremony.

Hendrik Hertzberg's "A Very Merry Malaise," marking the 30th anniversary President Carter's Crisis of Confidence address, is a fascinating look into how spin and political myth-making work.

Former President Jimmy Carter's most recent op-ed in The Guardian UK is really inspiring to read. I vaguely remember being taught that Christianity is about loving your fellow man, performing good works, and forgiving trespasses against you, instead of codifying a political playform antagonistic to the interests of women and homosexuals. That is Jimmy Carter's Christianity.

Changing gears, Deadspin's "Dear Pixar: Stop making me cry like a little bitch" is both hilarious and depressingly accurate.

And, finally, just because its awesome: Wilco and Feist perform "You and I" on The Late Show and knock it out of the park.


Paul Smecker said...

if i ever qualify for the boston marathon again, i am going to play "i'm shipping out to boston" for 24 straight hours.

otherwise, that song can go to hell.

Wade Garrett said...

It definitely gets on your nerves. Unfortunately there is a certain subset of the Irish-Catholic population in the city of Buffalo (and other cities for all I know) that takes pride in that sort of over-the-top macho stuff in the mistaken belief that it is authentically Irish.

Jake Taylor said...

Having to hear Dropkick Murphys fairly high up on the list of things that piss me off about Boston