Artūras Zuokas, bike-loving mayor of Vilnius runs over Mercedes parked in bike lane, with a tank. As you do. This is the best thing to come out of Lithuania since those tie-dyed basketball jerseys. (Via)
Going to an air guitar show is like going to a three-drink-minimum comedy club. You’re never sure how you ended up there. You walk into a room where “Jessie’s Girl” is playing, sparsely crowded with Saturday-night patrons borrowed from sports bars, heavy metal shows, comic conventions. Things are running an hour late, and you have to wonder why you’re waiting around to watch a bunch of people get on stage and pretend to play the guitar. The merchandise is also pretend: They’re selling “air vinyls” at $5 a pop. Air vinyls? “There’s nothing on it,” explains the woman behind the table. “You can take it home and smash it if you want.” (None had sold thus far.)
Yesterday Newt Gingrich bard spokesman Rick Tyler composed a stirring epic poem about the ex-Speaker’s disastrous first week as a presidential candidate. It included the sentence “a lesser person could not have survived the first few minutes of the onslaught.”
Many characters of the age pale in comparison to The Wire, but if any other deserves explicit exploration, it is James “Jimmy” McNulty. While McNulty is rich in his own right, he is particularly interesting in comparison to the viewpoint characters of Dickens. As Dickens progressed from his “picaresque” adventure-style novels to his more serious explorations of society, so too did his central protagonist evolve. And yet, instead of gaining in complexity, Dickens’ viewpoint characters dwindled—in personality, idiosyncrasy, any unique or identifying traits.