If you’re going to read just one wonderful Adventure Time write-up today (and you should), make it this one by Maria Bustillos. In it, she talks with the key creative gang of Pen, Adam, Pat, Kent, Rebecca, Nick, and Jack, making for a fairly definitive overview of the series. Read it here. Thanks, Maria!
The resolution of each eleven-minute episode is anything but tidily triumphant; each one is as likely to end on a question or a joke as on an answer. Yet one comes away satisfied, a little bit the way one might at a David Lynch movie. The narrative is endlessly malleable, and includes all the possibilities granted by the existence of wizards and magical creatures, time travel, and a huge, ever-evolving cast. It’s a canvas and a story big enough for dozens of artists to make their own way. Even the drawing style is inconsistent, handmade-feeling; longtime fans may learn to detect the hand or voice of a favorite storyboard artist or writer. The goal of the show seems to be exploration, not uniformity.
This guy Dave taught Edith Zimmerman and John Shankman about how whiskey is barreled and… I guess pumped??? IDK! He’s very, very attractive (and also good at his job). This has been an installation of #JamesonStories, which, believe it or not, is #sponsored.
Over the Garden Wall
Congratulations to Pat McHale, former/key Adventure Time writer and creative director, as Cartoon Network’s announcing his Over the Garden Wall miniseries will premiere this fall. The miniseries, the network’s first, will span ten parts and will feature the voices of Elijah Wood, Collin Dean, and Melanie Lynskey. Over the Garden Wall stems from Pat’s short “The Tome of the Unknown.” If it’s anything like that cartoon, it will be among the most beautiful animated shows you’ve ever seen. If we ever wanted to see a production Tumblr, it’s for this.
very very beautiful. just the hugest fan of this artist <3 <3 <3 congratulations pat mchale!!!
Did you see that first kiss video last week? Yeah you did. Pile of bullshit ad. Well, THIS video is real. I was there. Just off camera. With a boom mike. Listening to all the awkwardness and kissing. This video isn’t about selling you pants, it’s just watching a variety of people meet and suck face.
even sweeter than the fake one.
After Newsweek had reportedly unmasked Bitcoin’s mysterious founder, devotees of the cryptocurrency took to Reddit to express rage and horror at the news. Maria Bustillos on the search for Satoshi Nakamoto and Reddit’s skeptics: http://nyr.kr/1qt2B2A
I love this illustration so MUCH, please make a POSTER, thank you.
There was one New Yorker cartoonist, perhaps one of many that felt the same way, who yelled at Ross one day during the thirties, ‘Why do you reject drawings of mine, and print stuff by that fifth-rate artist Thurber?’
'Third-rate,' said Ross, coming promptly and bravely to the defense of my stature as an artist and his own reputation as an editor.
—The Years With Ross, James Thurber
I’d forgotten all about this!! An alternate cover I made for IJ about a zillion years ago.
Turbulence in the World of Sick Bag Collecting. The Junket is a beautiful publication that I only learned about today, via 3 Quarks Daily.
saddest most beautiful little film by patrick mchale
Because the library closed I have no choice but to drink this martini at Sardi’s. (at Sardi’s)
that looks delicious, by golly.
In the (correct!) belief that writers would have interesting answers to this question, I asked them:
What is the best thing you wrote last year?
and here are the responses I received, in no particular order. A wonderful variety of writers submitted forty-five pieces, and they are great. Riches await!
p.s. I’ll be putting something like this together every month or so; please subscribe at https://tinyletter.com/mariabustillos if you’d like to receive it.
Steven Mikulan, in Los Angeles Magazine
Murder in Black and White
John Hermann, in BuzzFeed
The Year Megaplatforms Ruled The Internet
Sasha Weiss, in The New Yorker
Tom Scocca, in Deadspin
Deadspin Nature Moment: Right Now, There Is A Hawk Hunting Rats Outside The Office
Seth Colter Walls, in The London Review of Books
Something Unsafe about Books (a review of ‘Middle C’ by William Gass)
Natasha Vargas-Cooper, in Out Magazine
Queen of Swords
Aaron Cohen, in Unlikely Words
Meet Campbell Grace
Cord Jefferson, in Gawker
The Zimmerman Jury Told Young Black Men What We Already Knew
Kathleen Fitzpatrick, in Planned Obsolescence
Adam Kelly, in The Millions
The Map and the Territory: Infinite Boston
S.T. VanAirsdale, in Sactown Magazine
Alexis Coe, in the Los Angeles Review of Books
on Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields
Rick Paulas, in SB Nation
When the Wind Cried Tuffy
Eric Hellman, in Go To Hellman
Anachronisms and Dysfunctions of eBook Front and Back Matter
Alex Howard, in BuzzFeed
How The First Internet President Produced The Government’s Biggest, Highest-Stakes Internet Failure
Sarah Miller, in The Hairpin
Poetry: A Love Story
Matthew J.X. Malady, at Slate
Why Do We Hate Certain Words?
Alan Jacobs, in Books & Culture
Percy and Sagan in the Cosmos
John W. Thompson, in The Toast
Making A Terrible Sort of Sense: Male Victims of Sexual Violence
Jaime Green, at Everyday Genius
Lucie M. Goulet, in fashionabecedaire
Keira Knightley’s Dress in Last Night
Bernie Michalik, in Smart People I Know
The Future is Physical
Elon Green, in The Awl
Ali Davis, in Wonkette
So Wings, Such Underwear, Wow: The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show
Audrey Watters, in The Atlantic
Students Are “Hacking” Their School-Issued iPads: Good For Them
Ijeoma S. Nowatu, in Lucky IJ
Twitter & Tragedy
Elias Tezapsidis, in The Awl
Rihanna I Would Kill 4 U
Bill Tipper, in Barnes and Noble Review
My Mistake: Daniel Menaker on What “Nobody Knows”
Maud Newton, in New York Times Magazine
Oy Vey, Christian Soldiers
Elmo Keep, in Meanjin
Bruce Springsteen, Live in Melbourne
Brent Cox, in The Awl
Twitter And The Death Of Quiet Enjoyment
Laura June, in The Verge
For Amusement Only: the life and death of the American arcade
Evan Kindley, in n+1
Chiquita Banana Jingle
Evan Fleischer, in Storyboard
Language Is a Virus: How Loanwords Move the World’s Tongues
Nadia Chaudhury, in Time Out
Learn about the Strand’s Books by the Foot program for TV and film
Robert Bolger, in The Los Angeles Review of Books
Only God Knows (a review of ‘God in Proof : The Story of a Search from the Ancients to the Internet’)
SM Korb, in The New York Times
Harriet Jacobs’s War
Bob Stein, in Corriere della Serra
The Future of the Book is the Future of Society
Tim Carmody, in The Verge
Memory to myth: tracing Aaron Swartz through the 21st century
Dylan Tweeney, in Venture Beat
America, it’s time to start making things again
Christian Brown, in The Billfold
Rich Parent, Less Rich Parent: Squaring Up After the Divorce
Adrienne LaFrance, in Medium
I Analyzed a Year of My Reporting for Gender Bias and This Is What I Found
Ned Raggett, on Tumblr
I Would Recommend Reading The Piece First Before Playing The Above Video
Aaron Bady, in The New Inquiry
The MOOC Moment and the End of Reform
S. Irene Virbila, in The Los Angeles Times
Across the Table: In France, a cherry tree, clafoutis and an intuitive baker
David Roth, in SB Nation
I think my favorite of my own things might be this one, in the Los Angeles Review of Books, because it’s about a book I admire such a lot: Coloring Outside the Lines: ‘Racecraft’ and Inequality in American Life.