Dave Chappelle: The Age of Spin and Deep in the Heart of Texas Nearly 17 years after taking the comedy world by storm with his legendary special, Killin’ Them Softly, Dave Chappelle returned to the stage with two hour-long stand-up performances released exclusively through Netflix. The specials, which constitute Chappelle’s first televised comedy work in more than a decade, prove that one of America’s funniest and most iconic laugh miners still has “it.” In The Age of Spin, recorded at the Hollywood Palladium, Chappelle details his four encounters with O.J. Simpson and riffs on the Bill Cosby scandal. Deep in the Heart of Texas, on the other hand, sees the unpredictable comic tackling more controversial topics, like gender identity and racial tensions, as only he can. Across both specials, the message is clear: Chappelle doesn’t care what you think, and he won’t neuter himself for the sake of political correctness. … [Read more...] about The best stand-up comedy on Netflix right now (January 2020)
Art for arts sake
George Meredith: The Egoist (1879) A novel which many Victorians would have proposed as one of the greatest that their literary culture produced. The egoist is Sir Willoughby Patterne, a man brought up surrounded by wealth and female adoration. On coming into his inheritance, he announces his engagement to Constantia Durham — but she sees through him and elopes with another man. Willoughby tours the world for three years and when he returns he ignores the devotion of Laetitia Dale, who has always loved him. Instead he courts Clara Middleton, the daughter of a wine-loving clergyman. They become engaged, but confronted by Clara's reluctance, he treacherously forms a second engagement with Laetitia. He is exposed. Laetitia remains true to her egoist. The novel embodies Meredith's complex theory of the comic spirit and deserves to be read more than it is nowadays. JS … [Read more...] about 1000 novels everyone must read: Love (part two)
We wrote most of this stuff a year ago. Then things start to happen and I’m sure in some cases people will go, “Oh my god, you did that!” We’re like, well, we thought it would be funny and then, oh my god, it happens. It’s been really weird that as people are just talking about the possibility of a brokered convention or Bloomberg talking about being a third party candidate, people were writing editorials about how it could go to the House of Representatives or the Senate. It’s not exactly a tied electoral college, but it’s basically that version of things, where they’re writing about the possibility that we thought we were making up. It’s just baffling. We’re always inspired by the real world, first of all. … [Read more...] about Can Veep Keep Being The Funniest Show in America?
The Marianis are about to double their Sylvaner acreage (from 1 to 2) and, perhaps the biggest viticultural risk of all, are putting in 2 acres of Mission, a grape that was widely planted in Southern California in the 18th century. Part experimental novelty, part historical throwback, it is a move that I can only describe as twee. … [Read more...] about More than wine, Scribe bottles the Northern California lifestyle