Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Do Monkeys



On Tuesday, arriving in the mail, was – and I use was and not were because it was an entity, a big package, a self-contained TV dinner gestalt – was the Sea Monkeys, all in a shrinkwrap-wrapped package that looked like it could survive being mailed from pretty much anywhere to pretty much anywhere else. When I opened it, I was surprised to see the one packet labeled not Growth Food, but Manna. The Growth Guarantee in Writing was signed and stamped, something no ant farm had ever offered. The whole thing had cost $1.25 plus 50 cents to mail plus another 50 for the rush order, cut out from the back pages of an Avengers; it had taken several issues to get an Avengers that didn’t have the ad on the verso page of actual content (I could have just bought a second copy, it occurs to me now). The Avengers “fight the foes no single super hero can withstand” and one thing about them is they’re more often than not referred to by their real names instead of their super hero names: everyone just calls the Scarlet Witch “Wanda”; the subtext is that she is “The Scarlet Witch”. I would one day have enough of subtext; the Sea Monkeys seemed initially free of it.



Monday, December 19, 2011

The Year's Best Book

...of 1977! 
#switcheroo


SO: I waited for another indie band to act out a sitcom for a while and it didn't look like it was going to happen, so instead here is a write-up I did on a book edited by Anne Beatts and John Head about the first two seasons of Saturday Night Live on Splitsider


IT IS DEFINITELY WORTH SOMEWHERE BETWEEN 98 CENTS AND $82.78.




Everyone who reads this write-up gets five dollars!
xoxo