With my mind on my money and my money on my mind:
1. If you haven’t watched the hilarious video I posted yesterday, check it out, and then go read Slate’s interview with my new hero Daniel Muessig. Why wouldn’t you want to hire a lawyer who believes that, “Coming from the hip-hop culture, it’s important to be fresh at all times.”?
2. Speaking of Slate, film critic (and fellow Park Slope resident) Dana Stevens did a Reddit AMA this week, and it is, as expected, both charming and interesting. Mind you, I am probably predisposed to liking it, as she is one of my absolute favorite film writers (and I am obsessed with the Slate Culture Gabfest), but I maintain that it’s worth a look if you’re a nerd. (Also, I have a minor crush on her, but in the most uncreepy way possible.)
3. On the subject of awesome film writing, Nathan Rabin wrote an especially funny article on The Dissolve this week about the Schwarzenegger non-classic Eraser. The piece is part of their brilliant “Forgotbusters” series, which looks back at films that were successful at the time of their release, but have been almost completely forgotten about in the years since. My favorite bit:
“What’s great about this scene, beyond the fact that Arnold Schwarzenegger shoots a hilariously fake CGI alligator and then quips, “You’re luggage,” is that Kruger eschews the more obvious zinger: “See you later, alligator!” Also, Kruger’s humor is lost on the alligator, which is dead and all, though it’s possible that its spirit floated above its body for a moment, conceding, “That was a pretty good zinger.””
4. The weekend is upon us, nerds, which means you might be thinking about relaxing with some champagne. Odds are, however, that you’re totally doing it wrong. Before you go and screw the whole thing up, stop and read, “Please Allow Bill Murray to Teach You How to Consume Colossal Amounts of Champagne Without Crashing.” Is there anything the man can’t do? (Answer: Get me to watch Garfield.)
5. Here’s my advice: take a moment this weekend — whether you’re drinking or not — and blast “Gin and Juice” at top volume. I was jonesing to listen to The Chronic today while doing my accounting homework, but for some reason it’s not on Spotify. Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle is, however, and it’s basically the next best thing. I hadn’t listened to the album in several years, and I had forgotten how often he blurts out “BEE-YOTCH.” It’s amazing.
Champagne, G-funk, Dana Stevens, and CGI alligators: that’s how you kick off the weekend. You’re welcome, bee-yotches.