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1. American Pie. This GQ feature, which picks the 25 best pizzerias in America, is completely wrong, since its two LA-based pizzerias do NOT include Pizzeria Mozza (insert boilerplate rant from LA folks about how its overrated in comments ... now).

["Italians are wrong. Not about cars or suits. About pizza, and they're not entirely mistaken about that, only about crusts and buffalo-milk mozzarella. They've got the tomato part right. Pizza was created by the Italians—or maybe by the Greeks, who brought it to Naples, but let's not pile on the bad news. Right now it justly belongs to us. We care more about it. We eat more of it, and unlike the Italians, we appreciate it at dinner, at lunch, and at breakfast, when we have it cold, standing up, to make hangovers go away. Italians don't really understand pizza. They think of it as knife-and-fork food, best after the sun goes down."]

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2. Sheila O'Malley adds to her lengthy list of great posts about acting with this piece about Mickey Rourke in the film Barfly, which, strangely, is not on DVD.

["But again: to go back to the time of Barfly, and to place it in the context of the other roles Rourke had been playing ... no wonder the performance was either misunderstood or disliked. It did (of course) have its champions, and its stature has just grown in time, which is good. A movie like Barfly would never be a giant hit, and neither should it try to be. There are places for summer blockbusters - but God, there's a big wide world of artists out there who have no interest in that stuff, and who want to do good work in smaller movies ... In the atmosphere now, it is the mid-level movies that suffer the most. Not the low-budget indies, those will always be fine. And of course there will always be giant special-effects driven summer movies. But the middle ground - the ground that used to be occupied by films like Ordinary People, Barfly, Bull Durham - is shrinking. It's harder to get THOSE films made now than anything else. That's a shame."]

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3. American Stonehenge. Wired magazine looks at a mysterious and enigmatic monument covered in instructions for a post-apocalyptic society and in the middle of Georgia.

["The strangest monument in America looms over a barren knoll in northeastern Georgia. Five massive slabs of polished granite rise out of the earth in a star pattern. The rocks are each 16 feet tall, with four of them weighing more than 20 tons apiece. Together they support a 25,000-pound capstone. Approaching the edifice, it's hard not to think immediately of England's Stonehenge or possibly the ominous monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Built in 1980, these pale gray rocks are quietly awaiting the end of the world as we know it."]

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4. Everyone else on the Internet may have tried to willfully forget the date, but over at Hitfix, Drew McWeeny is there to remind us that Jar Jar Binks just turned 10.

["I didn't stand in line for the film for weeks or even months like some people did, but I was living in Hollywood at the time, about five blocks from the Chinese Theater, where the biggest line was located, and I had a number of friends who were part of that. I also found myself getting back in contact with old friends all over the country who got in touch because of my work on Ain't It Cool, and I made new friends as well, people I'm still in touch with now, who were just Star Wars fans who read what I wrote and had to reach out to say hello. And what was most amazing about that period of time was the way it seemed like this one movie was bringing people together, the way people were all sharing this excitement, this anticipation. Fandom was about unity. Like I said... fandom was about faith."]

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5. Finally, today, my oldest cat, Sydney, passed away today after a long battle with a blood disease that made her a shadow of her former self. She'll be dearly missed. But it put me in mind of this, one of my favorite pieces of Internet writing, a tricky balance between writing in cat pidgen and trying to deal with the loss of a pet.

["today is a SAd day
i am vffeeling very low
the other cat is gone for good
i don'tknow why
i dind't do it"
]

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Quote of the Day:

"A body aching,
fragile and pale;
dark valleys
house its trail.
Why can't you see?
That a life in art
and a life of mimicry:
It's the same thing."
-Destroyer

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Image of the Day (click to enlarge): I always liked this poster more than most people did.

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Clip of the Day: This has been everywhere else. May as well post it here too.


"Links for the Day": A selection of Links that will hopefully spark discussion. Comments encouraged. Suggestions for links are also welcome. Please send to todd@vanderwerff.us.

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