If you asked me two weeks ago what I thought the funniest thing was -- the pinnacle of comedy, the uneclipsed apex of giggles -- I would have told you its the scene in Dr. Strangelove when Peter Sellers (as president Merkin Muffley) calls the Soviet President Dimitri Kisov to tell them they are about to drop about 25 hydrogen bombs on his country.
February 15, 2013
In 1998, Nick Cave gave a lecture. It was something he never wanted to do because his father was a teacher and when he was 12 he vowed he would never end up like this father, but there he was at the Vienna Poetry Festival, not in front of a drunk and high audience, but in front of a crowd of aesthetes and fatherly figures, speaking about The Secret Life of the Love Song.
February 1, 2013