Weekly Roundup: 05/03/09 – 05/09/09
- Ill Doctrine vlogger Jay Smooth lightly takes Asher Roth to task for his “nappy headed hoes” tweet then uses it as a jump off to talk about racial relations in the Obama era. He takes some shots at the type of Vice magazine-bred ironic posturing that many people adopt when it comes to racial humour. As always, Smooth is on-point and seemingly linked to my brain. [Asher Roth and the Racial Crossroads]
- Wired enlists current King of Genre (yeah, and I mean it too) J.J. Abrams to talk about the lack of magic and mystery in today’s wonder-less world of spoilers, leaks and instant information gratification. It’s in the same vein of the “mystery box” speech he gave at TED, but more specific and accusatory. [J.J. Abrams on the Magic of Mystery]
- Jesse Thorn of the Sound of Young America podcast talks to Bun B of UGK. Thorn has one of the best podcasts going with a diverse guestlist and a funny, well-informed host. And did I mention, he interviewed Bun B? [Bun B of UGK: Interview on The Sound of Young America]
- Jonah Weiner writes a great piece about the conservative tensions in Tina Fey’s 30 Rock televsion show. He examines how the election of Obama has affected the show’s trajectory and humour, and writes wonderful stuff such as, “It’s a funny, complicated jab. With it, Fey and her team acknowledge the conservative plotline they’ve written about a woman whose emotions prevent her from doing her job well—but they don’t disavow it.” [I Want to GOP There: 30 Rock’s weird conservative streak]
- The National Post‘s book blog sends out a questionnaire to seemingly EVERY creator involved in this year’s Toronto Comic Arts Festival (which is happening right….NOW). Although the interviews are fill-in-the-blanks Q&As, it’s a great primer on Toronto’s ridiculously talented comics community, and it’s also the most love ever shown to the artform by a mainstream news outlet. [The Afterword blog, Toronto Comics Arts Festival tag]
- Speaking of comics, I want to give a shoutout to FantasticFangirls.org, a great blog of comic fandom from female perspectives. Their posts are personal, critical, celebratory and above all well-written. One piece, on the X-Men’s Angel being a woman (but not in the way fans usually mean when they say that), is a great example of their work. Don’t get it twisted though just because of my link choice; the blog isn’t exclusively about gender. Check it out.