Unrequired Reading: July 2, 2010

I not only managed to wrap the Top Companies ish by the deadline, I also managed to get you a full dose of Unrequired Reading this week! Now get to reading!

Now that I’m done with the big issue, I can get back to writing here on VM! I still have to wrap up my Man Out Of Time series from January with my favorite books of the decade post. One of the books on that list is Lush Life, by Richard Price. Here’s an interview with Price about the Lower East Side, and the multi-gallery show it’s inspired. Now go read Lush Life! Or Clockers!

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Warren Beatty double feature time! Whatever happened to that Dick Tracy movie?

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. . . and what the hell led to Ishtar?

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Plato was a Rosicrucian! With a time machine! Or something equally implausible.

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Here’s an asinine list of the top 25 SNL skits of all-time. If “all-time” meant “largely the 1990’s.”

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Maybe you’re getting tired of these Ta-Nehisi Coates posts, but this one about U.S. Grant’s last days is marvelous.

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Usually when you talk about Kirby and inks, Vince Coletta’s name comes up.

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Snobbishness and the World Cup, courtesy of Theodore Dalrymple.

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I thought this Jason Segel interview was pretty entertaining, not least because of his smart take on the Muppets.

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I also think Emma Stone is adorable. THere’s probably something wrong with me, but this actually looks like it’ll be a fun movie:

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