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Speaking of people not reading enough anymore, I just found out that beloved independent publisher McSweeney's is having a huge sale and celebrity ebay auction right now to pay off their $130,000 debt after their distributor's bankruptcy. This includes issues of their must-see film magazine Wholphin (a quarterly collection of short films on dvd, with interviews of the filmmakers -- past contributors have included Miranda July, Spike Jonze, Bob Odenkirk, and Steven Soderbergh). Another highlight of Wholphin is the inclusion of The Power of Nightmares, a three-part BBC documentary on the history of radical Islamic Fundamentalism, Neoconservativism, the Religious Right, and the international media propaganda machine (this is otherwise unavailable in the U.S.). See my previous post for more on this. The fact that they distributed this controversial film is reason enough for you to support the folks at McSweeneys. Plus, The Believer is quite possibly one of the geekiest, most entertaining magazines I have ever come across. Examples of recent articles include "Nine Inch Nails and 19th century British Romanticism", "Generic Names from Around the World," and "If Sammy Davis Jr. had Written Moby-Dick."
Highlights of the celebrity auction include:
This painting of Dubya by author Dave Eggers (A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius):
Issues of Wholphin signed and doodled on by filmmaker Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich):
I've got my eye on a book called Speak, Commentary by Tom Bissell and Jeff Alexander, which is described as: "THE BIG LITTLE BOOK OF FAKE DVD COMMENTARIES, WHEREIN WELL-KNOWN PUNDITS MAKE IMPASSIONED REMARKS ABOUT CLASSIC SCIENCE-FICTION FILMS." This includes Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson musing on the hidden meaning of Planet of the Apes! What more need I say?