If you’re like me, you haven’t processed the real, important news of yesterday as actually real yet. But you know what? It’s not my job to. In fact, none of this is my job. I’m a part-time SAT tutor and a part-time bookstore employee, if you really have to ask. Here are some diverting links for you to read and not think about the fact that we’re all probably facing nuclear annihilation again.
1. New York Times: The Weird, Scary and Ingenious Brain of Maria Bamford. A feature story about the brilliant comedian and Arrested Development star, her career, and her struggles with mental illness. Once I had a professor in grad school who, just offhand, said, “People send me links to stories from the New York Times and it’s like, what, you think I don’t read the New York Times?” Don’t be offended by this recommendation, gentle reader. Maybe you missed it or meant to read it and this is a reminder.
2. Gawker: Glimpse the Terrifying Alternate Future Where “Weird Al” Went Normal. Since his great new album came out on Tuesday, and he started releasing a series of equally brilliant videos this week, I haven’t been this excited about “Weird Al” since I was fourteen. My co-founder Lizzy feels the same way. This Gawker post shows an old clip of Al making fun of himself after changing his look, and it’s a great example of the semi-rare super-dry side of his sense of humor.
3. A.V. Club: I killed At the Movies. Ignatiy Vishnevetsky talks in a really in-depth and brutally honest way about why he was the “wrong man for the job” as host of Ebert’s last iteration of his movie critic show.
4. Slate: A New Way to Talk About Poverty in Troy, New York. My buddy who grew up in Troy, who’s also a photographer like the subject of the article, posted this on Facebook. The man who modeled for the original paintings of Uncle Sam is buried in Troy, and I don’t think a more on-the-nose metaphor for something exists in real life.
5. Funny or Die: The Ramones Go to Heaven. Comedy professional Jake Fogelnest made a tribute to The Ramones, starring Traci Lords and Dave Foley as kind-of-prickish angels trying to gently keep them in line. It’s sweet and really, really funny and I love it.
Finally, here is a picture of my roommate’s dog, Bruno, who knows nothing about links or Malaysia, but who is a cutie pie.