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Say, what did I write for the A.V. Club this month? That's what the devoted fans who live under my toilet are asking. Here is the answer!

- Why I own a custom-made Catan board.

- I interview Harold Bloom about Blood Meridian. I also gave my own thoughts on the book</a>.

- A primer on the many moods of heavy metal. I also recommended my favorite metal of the month.

- I tried out for Jeopardy!.

- I suggested good places to get started with kung fu movies.

- I interviewed Boots Riley and Tom Morello.

- I reviewed a bunch of comics.

- I contributed to Inventories about weird kids' shows, dumb pop-culture battles, crazy courtroom drama, depressing cinematic swan songs, and Woody Allen's blind spots. I also hipped readers to songs that make me think of summer, my favorite fictional realities, my favorite music of 2009 to date (okay, really I copped out of that one), videos that got me into a band, and my thoughts on Michael Jackson.

Also, keep watching this space, because with the willing cooperation of someone with some design sense and my one ability to shift my lazy ass, this blog will be undergoing a major revamp. Lots of new and regular content is on its way, so keep watching here and on Facebook and Twitter (links over there on the side) to keep being the best slavishly devoted Leonard Pierce geek you can be.

In other news, if it gets any hotter, something is going to die, and that's all there is to it.

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roseyv
Jul. 2nd, 2009 04:14 pm (UTC)
Leonard Pierce, I've never said it before in so many words, but I am your fan.

For reals.
dyskodyke
Jul. 2nd, 2009 05:34 pm (UTC)
That custom Catan board is awesome. WOW.

I've never played C&K, only Settlers, but now I really want to try the former. I need a game that encourages more aggressive play, since as it is with Settlers, I often get accused of what others call "blackmail," and what I call "agreeing not to do bad things to you if you give me resources."
conrad_zaar
Jul. 2nd, 2009 07:28 pm (UTC)
From the Harold Bloom interview:

Critical, young man, is hardly the word. I stand against it like Jeremiah prophesying in Jerusalem. It has destroyed most of university culture. The teaching of high literature now hardly exists in the United States. The academy is in ruins, and they’ve destroyed themselves.

This only helps to confirm what I already thought, that Harold Bloom has never been nearly as interested in literary criticism as he is in making grand, oracular pronouncements. He actually compares himself to a Biblical prophet!
dubdobdee
Jul. 2nd, 2009 08:26 pm (UTC)
now i am 49 i am so goin to start callin ppl "young man" and "young lady"
(Anonymous)
Jul. 2nd, 2009 09:33 pm (UTC)
"Critical, young man, is hardly the word."

I only recently discovered McCarthy, and found that I quite enjoy his work. I've only read The Road and Blood Meridian so far, each of which I found to be thrilling and emotionally exhausting. They remind me of the film Once Were Warriors. Beautiful and masterfully constructed, but horrifying and brutal.
roninspoon
Jul. 2nd, 2009 09:35 pm (UTC)
Hello! LJ, please stop logging me out.
masterninja66
Jul. 2nd, 2009 10:14 pm (UTC)
Again, nice work on that Inventory article. Aside from the one misgiving, I'm finding lots of music to experience and enjoy for the first time.

Are AV club comments usually so aggressive? Nearly everyone seems to stake out a position on this-or-that band and then defend it to the death. Or is that just metal fans?
nosrialleon
Jul. 3rd, 2009 01:55 am (UTC)
"Modern kung fu films own like Slayer owns; older kung fu movies own like Maiden owns."

Dude. Brilliant.
thebitterguy
Jul. 6th, 2009 03:16 pm (UTC)
I saw the food piece on stuff people want to come back. The only one I've tried on there was Holiday Spice Pepsi, and God I loved that stuff. And I'm really not a Pepsi fan.

I still remember drinking some while eating some turkey ala king after Christmas and really enjoying it.

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Leonard Pierce is a freelance writer wandering around Texas with no sleep or sense of direction. If you give him money he will write something for you. If you are nice to him he may come to your house and get drunk.

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