Finally, my friend Frank was able to track down the episode of “Alien Wire” — yes that’s the name of the show — I appeared on before leaving Seoul. It’s a Korean language talk show with all the bells and whistles — animated pop-ups, sparkles, sound effects, cartoonish captioning. I remember that morning being a blur and the place feeling like a machine. Even the makeup situation was an assembly line, in which women were made as white as possible.
I just nodded along, since I can only understand about every ten words in Korean.
I would like to assemble a panel of art critics who have never before been exposed to Go West’s ‘King of Wishful Thinking’ video to review this absurd and delightful artifact from 1980s humans. It really deserves far more attention than it’s gotten. I was reminded of it this morning by my friend Johnathan Woodward, who put it this way:
@elisewho The video for "KoWT" is the best. How many music videos have a Pope JPII lookalike *and* hockey *and* an elephant?
I sent it to friends Claire and Wes, who looped in Friend Mito.
CLAIRE: Oh my god what is this. MITO: The keyboard guy at 1:01 and 1:43!!! SO GOOD.
[pause] MITO: Oh I get it. Are those kitchen sinks being tossed in at the end? WES: It would make a pretty good musicless music video, I think.
[pause] WES: Wait, the Singin’ in the Rain one is better. Have you all seen it?
MITO: I love it. It’s even better than Phish Shreds:
WES: Ahh, I’ve never seen that before. I can’t stop laughing.
I am an unapologetic David Foster Wallace fan. He’s one of my favorite writers and thinkers. I am also really enjoying Blank on Blank, a series of animated interviews. I just stumbled upon this DFW interview with WYNC that the Blank on Blank team put to moving pictures.
This is amazing. In advance of the premiere of his new show, someone took the time to cut together all the dialogue writer Aaron Sorkin recycles from his television shows and films. Zeke Miller at BuzzFeed called it “heartbreaking.” I am just really impressed by the supercut. Gathering all these video snippets must have taken forever.
The latest trailer and New York Magazine’s cover story have sufficiently sold me on a show that I’ve yet to see. “An upcoming HBO comedy about four women trying to make it in New York that’s as raw and bruised as Sex and the City was aspirational…”
TAMARINDO — Instead of trying to ford the estuaries this morning, we hung out by the pool at the second vacation villa, Casa Leo Loco. This vid involves people jumping off the second floor balcony into the water and trying to surf in a pool.
TAMARINDO, COSTA RICA — I should have done this yesterday but didn’t have the half hour to sit down and get the video organized. So here’s a quick intro to the awesomest pals around, who can be rallied to go to Costa Rica with a simple email solicitation.