Sunday, July 4, 2010

Weekend Links

Here's what we've been reading this week:

Tasha Robinson and Genevieve Koski - the two AV Club critics who were once teenage girls - discuss the new Twilight movie (and describes it as "a romance between a vampire, a werewolf, and a moron"), while (same link) the AV Club's male critics discuss The Last Airbender, which they unanimously agree is the worst movie of the summer. In their written reviews, Scott Tobias gives The Last Airbender and "F" and Roger Ebert gives it one-half of a star.

In keeping with this week's David Foster Wallace trend, here is Salon.com's 1997 interview with DFW.

In the New York Times, Jeffrey Rosen writes about Kagan's responsibilities in filling Louis Brandeis' seat on the bench.

Amelie Gilette, who recently gave up on most of her freelancing to join the writing staff of The Office, has continued to write her Tolerability Indexes for The Onion, and has published another strong installment this week.

In McSweeney's, another interesting installment of "The Confessions of A Female Porn Writer."

Bill Simmons of ESPN.com discusses how soccer is ready to capture our nation's attention. Simmons writes: "I love the Cup because it stripped away all the things about professional sports that I've come to despise. No sideline reporters. No JumboTron. No TV timeouts. No onslaught of replays after every half-decent play . . . No announcers breathlessly overhyping everything or saying crazy things to get noticed. We don't have to watch 82 mostly half-assed games to get to the playoffs. We don't have 10 graphics on the screen at all times. We don't have to sit there for four hours waiting for a winner because pitchers are taking 25 seconds to deliver a baseball . . . The World Cup just bangs it out: Two cool national anthems, two 45-minute halves, a few minutes of extra time and usually we're done. Everything flies by. Everything means something. It's the single best sporting event we have by these four measures: efficiency, significance, historical context and truly meaningful/memorable/exciting moments. You know … as long as you like soccer."

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