Wednesday, June 17, 2009

quote/unquote: Twitter, a living will, Googlizing books and Woody Allen subbing Larry David for Zero Mostel

(Editor's Note: quote/unquote is a regular feature of The Brazosport News. It is compiled by Wilson in St. Louis, the birthplace of "fried ravioli" which is sometimes known as "Chuckle Nuggets.")

“A beautiful Hispanic woman walked up to me and said ‘Senor Amor, may I take a picture with you?' Senor Amor. I like that.” --- tweet on Twitter by Kevin Love, player for the NBA Minnesota Timberwolves

"3. If I am unable to recognize or interact with friends or family members, I still expect gifts.
17. In lieu of flowers or donations, I would prefer rioting.
22. At my memorial service, I would like my clergyman to begin his eulogy with the words, "I suppose, in a way, we all killed him.'"
-- "My Living Will" by Paul Rudnick, New Yorker, 2005

"I enjoyed the fatuous surprise of Google's Sergey Brin discovering that 'There is fantastic information in books. Often when I do a search, what is in a book is miles ahead of what I find on a Web site.' Translating this backhanded recognition of value into his own debased lingo, he understands that books make for 'viable information-retrieval systems,' information being the only cultural signifier he recognizes, evidently. His company's amazing presumption that book people should simply hand over the keys to their priceless kingdom shows how completely he and his colleagues misunderstand what is at stake. But these Internet people don't care. For billionaires like Brin, accessing the giant river of infinite book 'content' onto which they can glue paid advertising is simply a giant new way to make more money, and they are singleminded about that. The giveaway is not only in their ignorance but in their reluctance to share the wealth."
--- "The Long Goodbye" by Elisabeth Sifton in The Nation about the changing book industry

"It's a film I had written many years ago for Zero Mostel (pictured), and it was in the drawer, and I thought...who could possibly do it, and then it hit me: Larry David."
--- Woody Allen talking about his new movie "Whatever Works" which stars Larry David of "Curb Your Enthusiasm"


Anonymous said...

No, no, no! It's not FRIED ravioli for which St. Louis is famous - it's TOASTED ravioli. And it is proof of God.

Banjo Jones said...

according to my information, it's known by both names -- fried and toasted. I went w/ fried cause it sounded funnier. my apologies if i insulted the great St. Louis tradition.