- The cool head of Ferguson’s own Captain Johnson.
- In 2012, police in the U.S. (pop. 312 million) “justifiably” killed 410 people; the same year, police in Britain (pop. 63 million) killed 0.
- “A large number of American teenagers live exactly like Michael Brown. Very few of them are shot in the head and left to bake on the pavement.”
- Martin Amis: It’s possible Hitler can’t be explained; and maybe that’s okay.
- The rise of pulp fiction in Egypt.
- When boycotts make no sense.
- Homeless nuclear-armed subs, and other possible fallout from Scottish independence.
- The fall film festival begins.
- World War II…in Legos.
- David Sedaris’s partner Hugh revealed.
- Print and read: Growing up in therapy; the New Yorker excerpts Lena Dunham’s new book.
With much less fanfare than greeted her HBO show Girls, Lena Dunham worked on Nobody Walks, a kind of lo-fi hipster / L.A. trash bed-hopping melodrama that gets creepier the closer you look at it. My full review is at PopMatters:
At the start of Nobody Walks, 20something New York artist Martine (Olivia Thirlby) gets off a plane in Los Angeles and promptly gets into a heavy make-out session with the handsome man putting her bags in his car. Right there in the parking garage, he begins unbuckling his belt and she puts her hand on his chest and tells him that it was really great talking to him on the plane, but…. He cocks a “can’t blame a guy for trying” look at her, and then gives her a lift. It’s an innocuous and seemingly funny scene, the kind of fumbling comedy you would expect from cowriter Lena Dunham…
Nobody Walks is already playing in limited release.
You can see the trailer here: