Out and about (May edition)

I’ve written a lot this month, on Hayao Miyazaki and on other things, so I’m taking a breather. To your right, you’ll see a section called “Miyazaki Festival.” If you’re curious about my weeklong analysis of the filmmaker’s magnificent oeuvre, there’s the place to start. If you want to see what other great bloggers have written on the animator, go here.

One of the great things about blog-a-thons is that a lot of sites link to me and, by extension, I discover several sites that I should have been paying attention to ages ago. You’ll see the blogroll newbies on your left. In Movies, there’s Noel Vera, GreenCine Daily, Cinemarati, and East Bay View. Tuwa’s Shanty and the Roots Canal has been added to the Culture Vultures. Mad Ink Beard and Jeet Heer get nods in the Comics & Animation section. In Books, you’ll now find Anecdotal Evidence.

To tide over my regular readers, here’s a taste of what I’ve found interesting lately:

Lance Mannion gets upset at the latest “best-of” list.

One poet explains another: Robert Pinsky on the legacy of Stanley Kunitz.

Armond White on the American Eccentrics and their slowness.

Good news for dance fans—there’s a broad selection of choreographed sequences now available on DVD

A long interview with my favorite weekly cartoonist, Keith Knight of the K Chronicles.

The ten worst album covers of all time, with commentary.

A NYC police reporter tells a few gruesome tales.

Heroic Computer Dies to Save World from Master’s Thesis.

Jeet Heer, a great comics critic, waxes long on Winsor McCay and his splendid Little Nemo.

And, finally, two signs of the coming apocalypse:

Revenge of the Nerds is being re-made. Because it was so great the first time around.

Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged will apparently become a movie. Will the filmmakers film John Galt’s entire 60-page rant? Will the filmmakers portray any of the exhaustively stupid sex scenes? Will audiences fire buckshot at the screen? (I can dream, can’t I?)

C’mon, where’s the plague of locusts?

That is all. See you in mid-June.

About Walter Biggins

Walter Biggins is a writer based in Athens, GA. His work has been published in RogerEbert.com, Bookslut, The Comics Journal, Salon, The Baseball Chronicle, Jackson Free Press, and Valley Voices: A Literary Review. Follow him on Twitter (@walter_biggins), and check out his bimonthly newsletter (https://tinyletter.com/Walter_Biggins).
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