Sunday is my day to catch up, recharge and prepare for the week ahead. Part of the ritual entails what I think of as “prepping my arsenal,” which includes cleaning, laundry, ironing and shining my shoes, which I demonstrate in this groundbreaking tour-de-force. Enjoy.
In his now legendary 2007 “New Rules” rant against the ubiquity of Crocs, a mode of rubber footwear once exclusive to children and mental patients, Bill Maher observed that “we’re a nation of slobs who won’t be happy until we can go to the mall in a diaper.”
Last night on Real Time, Bill hit another sartorially observant home run in “New Rules” and backed me up with respect to our sense of occasion (or lack thereof) and what it says about us as individuals, as a society and as a nation. In other words, we look like idiots. “This isn’t about money. It’s about pride,” he said. As a non-millionaire and owner of exactly two items of clothing with an elastic waistband (gym shorts and swim trunks) and only two pairs of sneakers (again… for the gym), I wholeheartedly agree. Thank you, Bill.
In August, Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan and cast members Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, R.J. Mitte and Bob Odenkirk visited The New York Times for a TimesTalk with culture reporter David Itzkoff. Here is a 15 minute edit of the program. I missed this when it actually happened earlier this month, and fortunately I didn’t turn to crystal meth to cope with my feelings behind that.
While it’s hotter than Satan’s taint outside, it’s a great time to stay indoors and catch up on the latest original series from Netflix: Orange Is the New Black. The show is based on Piper Kerman’s memoir Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, and follows the story of a newly-engaged blond WASP (Taylor Schilling) who goes to prison for fifteen months for a carrying a suitcase of drug money ten years ago. I mainlined the entire series when Netflix released all 13 episodes for streaming on July 11th, and I’d call it a dark comedy with some of the most hilarious moments I’ve seen in a long time on the small screen. With a cast of mostly unknowns, the show relies on story, character and performance. Life in Litchfield women’s federal prison is perfectly summed up by Natasha Lyonne’s character: “It’s just like the Hamptons, only fuckin’ horrible.” And it’s an absolute blast to watch. Fortunately for us, Netflix renewed the show for a second season. Enjoy.
Director David Phu and producer Chris Bruntlett (@cbruntlett) have created a fantastic, four-part series of mini films of real urban bicyclists in their respective elements in Vancouver. The series is called Vancouver Cycle Chic. The short films range from two to two and a half minutes in length, beautifully and simply zooming in on how bicycles factor into the lives and careers of their subjects. These are real urban cyclists: no Lycra, toe clips or taint pads here.