I've been bitching a lot lately about things I don't like. Well, here are some things I've been enjoying lately (for a change):
- Joe Frank, known best for his often philosophical, humorous and sometimes absurd monologues and radio dramas. You can hear a bunch of clips for free in the podcasts section of iTunes. Or you can sign up as a member (for free) at his web site.
- Mew, a Danish alternatative prog-rock group (songs are in English). You can listen to their albums for free through the LaLa player here and here. I particularly liked their song "New Terrain" for it's odd-sounding effects. I later found out that it sounds a little weird because it was made so it can be played backwards as a different song ("Nervous") with its own lyrics and melodies. Man, that's just crazy.
- Infinite Jest, a novel that's over 1000 pages and contains a couple hundred pages of footnotes which in turn have their own foot notes. I haven't gotten too far into it yet but it involves ridiculously competitive tennis academies, drug addicts, and a video that entertains its viewers so thoroughly that it puts them into a catatonic state. The author has since killed himself. The author of the last book I enjoyed (A Confederacy of Dunces) also killed himself. I don't know what that says about me.
- Webcomics like Underworld, Gunshow, Forming, Maakies, and Johnny Ryan's comics.
Finally, the upcoming graphic novel The Squirrel Machine could also be a winner. The artwork looks great and it has the weirdness and creepiness (and perhaps a touch of humor?) that is exactly what I had in mind for my own graphic novel.