I LOVE THE BOOK KAVALIER AND CLAY. This is a book that was published in 2000 by writer Michael Chabon who went on to win a Pulitzer for his opus.
The book is a comic/superhero fans dream as it is basically a dramatization of the early days of comics in the US from pre-World War II to the Kefauver Senate investigations, and then on into the Silver Age. The book also centers around a bizarre love triangle and the creation of the iconic character, The Escapist.
The story is an origin story of sorts steeped in magic, romance, comics lore, Jewish mysticism, and modern American pop culture. You get bits of Joe Kirby, Stan Lee, Houdhini, Orson Welles, His Girl Friday, Brokeback Mountain, L.A. Confidential, and The Great Gatsby all balled up in this very American story.
Kavalier and Clay is thrilling, emotional, suffocating, and exhilarating all at once. The book should have been one of the greatest cross-promotional movies, mini-series, or adult animated series ever. However, the filmed treatment of this property has languished in the hands of producer Scott Rudin.
Too many good things conspired to ruin chances of seeing this story on the big or small screen, but we do have someone who loved it enough to do a short. Below, we have the feisty Joe Kavalier searching for lost loved ones in New York, as he was the cousin who could not let go of home. He was the brains behind the character while his cousin Sam was the impresario who would raise the cult and popular status of the character.
Dave Letterman (my homie) is retiring and they are already circling the carcass. Dave Letterman has truly influenced a generation of comedians, which is amazing for a “comedian” who would probably classify himself as marginal. Dave was an inspiration for me in his late night incarnations for NBC and CBS. To me, he surpasses Carson because of his ambition to shine a light on real world issues, aside from spotlighting new and up and coming comedians. He has started the careers of a few (Romano and James), but he has more so brought issues to light and questioned the absurdity of frustrating political conflagrations. Letterman is an institution unto himself and should be feted by every late night progenitor existing today. I’m sure he will be.
My vote is Amy Poehler as CBS would steal a Lorne Michaels protege and would position her against her very good friend Jimmy Fallon and Kimmel. Poehler would be brilliant.
Not only is the exterior of this place very famous, but the interior is equally famous by description of Suzanne Vega. This is something I just learned by watching the video. Can’t wait to see the whole thing now!
Now we finally know what happened to Jerry’s finger, man!
God, I miss the ’90s!!!
>> Speaking of the ’90s, does anyone think that Cal Ripken would not be a good manager?
>> Something cool (Orphan Black cool) is happening on Parks and Recreation (of course).
>> Crazy stuff happening on American roads lately, maybe because everyone is trying to take videos from their phone while driving!!
>> Allen Iverson finally decided to retire. He has become somewhat of a sad story since he stopped playing in 2010. Now, even when he comes to his senses, it seems sad.
>> Netflix seems to always be adapting to change, but they have now gotten even greater at discerning your personal movie preferences.
>> Elmore Leonard died 2 days ago, but that has not stopped the various tributes to his writing and his addition to pop culture.
>> Finally, in some local flavor, Roy Hibbert is turning into a brick shithouse!
We lost a legend today and one of the few American authors I read with some consistency. Out of Sight is still one of my favorite stories told ever.
Side note: could the movie’s ending inspired all the Marvel movies of this decade by giving us a Sam Jackson cameo as Lazarus?!
This is either the coolest or possibly the gayest Bar Mitzvah ever. Sam Horowitz rocks out with his dance team for his 13th birthday. Man, some parents have ideas and dreams for the kids. That’s parental support for you!