Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Reading List

A big congrats to my friend and colleague Jesse Fox Mayshark, whose new book "Post-Pop Cinema: the Search for Meaning in New American Film" is out this month. In it, Zoller's dad takes a film-by-film look at the works of some of our generation's most provocative filmmakers -- Wes Anderson, Sofia Coppola, Richard Linklater, P. T. Anderson, Alexander Payne, and David O. Russell -- and "reveals how a common pool of styles, collaborators, and personal connections helps them to confront the unifying problem of meaning in American film." Jesse and I have spent endless hours talking about and analyzing pop culture over the years and I'll tell you he knows his stuff (although I've totally got him licked in the Bananarama department), so "Post-Pop Cinema" promises to be an interesting read.

And if you're not duly impressed by the book, check out "Sunsphere Rise," the Tom Waits parody song he wrote about his beloved Knoxville, Tennessee here.

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