Occupying Wall Street; Examining ‘A Diamond as Big as the Ritz’ and ‘Cosmopolis’, Part 2

In Part I of Occupying Wall Street, we found that both stories have surprisingly similar opinions about representative billionaires, including the suggestion that even while protecting their insulation they crave validation from society at large. And yet, despite this desired connection, both men are extremely unsympathetic to the common man. Both works portray their billionaires…

Worth Watching/Listening – Like Clockwork from QOTSA

Queens of the Stone Age has a new all star album coming out in June with guest turns from the likes of Alex Turner (Artic Monkeys), Trent Reznor (NIN), Nick Oliveri and amazingly Elton John. The media released so far suggests that the new album, titled Like Clockwork, will be coming from a dark place, encapsulating Homme’s…

Worth Reading – Soderbergh’s State of Cinema

  The occasionally great Steven Soderbergh is a prolific producer of films, and he recently turned those talents to words at the San Francisco International Film Fest. Unlike a State of the Union this mostly adheres to doom and gloom, but it’s interesting to hear an insider’s take and with several of his films grossing in the…

Coachella Music Festival – Day 2 Impressions

Coachella day 2 is here and I’ve decided to give up drinking for my art: blogging. Biffy Clyro – Good jamming from a band that’s been around forever. Not a bad way to start off the day. Puscifer – I’ve listened to many Tool albums but never saw them in concert so I was interested…

Coachella Music Festival – Day 1 Impressions

This year I will be taking my rightful place at the throne of armchair commentary, streaming Coachella into my stuffy apartment via magic. I will try to replicate the dehydration, altered consciousness, and sweatiness by drinking vermouth and not showering. In this manner I should be able to perfectly replicate the Coachella experience and relate…