Two years ago at midnight, Jennifer Kabat, Greg Olear, Janet Steen and I sat down over a bottle of Wild Turkey and a carton of Parliaments. By the next morning, The Weeklings was born. 730 essays later, it's hard to believe we even survived, let alone prospered. There's an endless list of people to thank, people who have done an enormous amount of often thankless work. So here's the thanks! Plus we've curated 15 of our best pieces for your amusement. Read on. Right on. All right.
This piece was originally commissioned by another publication for the 20th anniversary of Kurt's death. They gave me a 48 hour turnaround time, but I got it done. And then they passed on it...So here it is at The Weeklings. I stand by it, at least as not just another boilerplate re-hash of the facts. And I'm still getting paid. In some ways it feels like an "Ultimate Meaning of Nirvana" piece couldn't have gone any other way.
Are interviews more interesting if they're filled with gratuitous discussions of gratuitous nudity? The great Jamie Blaine and I discuss cinema cult classic Showgirls with Toronto Globe film critic Adam Nayman, author of It Doesn't Suck.
Hey, today Booklist included Fade to Blue in an article called "The New Vonneguts" and said it's "a bible waiting for a cult." I can live with that. But does that mean I'm a Saul waiting for a horse? I sorta have always wanted to be a Pharisee. If not an Old Vonnegut. Cool review.
Everyone needs a pal. "We wuz only playing!"
This is excellent! Everywhere Tom Waits has been, you can go too. Possibly the best map ever.