Normal Service Will Resume Shortly

I’m heading back to Ireland for a few days and deliberately using the time to step back from the computer. Here’s a few links that should keep you entertained until I get back.

In Praise of the Sci-Fi Corridor

A Mugging on Lake Street – a reporter is mugged and writes a thoughtful article about the incident.

World Science Festival 2009: Bobby McFerrin Demonstrates the Power of the Pentatonic Scale from World Science Festival on Vimeo.

Bruce Handy on Mad Men – if you can get over the fact that Vanity Fair’s site is a pain in the dick to read (PRO TIP: hook yourself up with Readability), this is a fantastic article about the show.

Good Novels Don’t Have to be Hard Work – interesting thesis: Stephanie Meyer and the like represent the real postmodern novel

In Which Wes Anderson Tries To Game Pauline Kael – actually, I could have chosen any article from ThisRecording.com, but this one – about Wes Anderson screening Rushmore for Pauline Kael – is particularly nice.

The Sopranos: Definitive Explanation of the End – This is an old article, but it takes a while to get through. Even if you’re not a big fan of the show (like me), you have to appreciate anything that can get this much of a discussion going.

The Trouble with War Games – no, not the film.

The Actor Believability Index – I find Christian Bale implausible as anything but a self-obsessed yuppie.

Back next week!