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First (and most important) things first: it is highly possible that Colbert is going to be on Conan tonight since Conan is taping earlier than usual and Colbert's taping is apparently pushed back a full two hours, so all of y'all following the epic feud might want to tune in.

Secondly, I have about a billion dollars in Amazon and bookstore certificates. Some of that is going to get tied up in the first season of Arrested Development since my DVD set went AWOL and I apparently go through withdrawl if every episode isn't at my disposal at all times. But still, I have a bunch of money to waste, and I'm desperately looking for author suggestions plz .

My main criteria is that the writing has to grab you; I have a problem with not finishing books if the prose/story is dull. That said, I'll read pretty much any genre. Seriously. I love Gibson (cyberpunk), Palahniuk (creepy weirdness), Tim O'Brien, Amitav Ghosh (weird historical fiction), young adult stuff, PKD and other standard sci-fi fare, and really anything not sucky. Please help me spend my money, guys.

And last, rumors of an Arrested Development movie have spun me into a frenzy of re-watching while I should be doing work. I also finally cracked open my Blades of Glory DVD yesterday, and I'd forgotten how much I love Will Arnett and Amy Poehler as the creepy incestuous pair team. Stranz and Fairchild Van Waldenburg ftw, and the interview with the two of them on the DVD extras is possibly funnier than everything else in the actual movie. My favorite celeb couple, hands down.

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Date: 2008-02-04 11:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flinkkamingo3.livejournal.com
Ooh, that would be hilarious. This feud is almost making me wish those shows never get their writers back.

My favorite book is A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews. (I think that's her last name, anyway.) The subject matter may seem kind of strange at first--it's about a girl living in a Mennonite community--but it's just absolutely incredible. Heartbreaking and hilarious. You should also check out The Book Thief.

AD movie WHAT?

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Date: 2008-02-05 05:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-spin.livejournal.com
Oh, heartbreaking and hilarious is always my favorite combination! I will check her stuff out.

And yes, AD movie rumors! It might just be Bateman being a tease like always, but he said that the producers recently called all the cast to gauge interest in a movie. He says that the cast would all be on board for it, and whether or not it happens will come down to whether or not Mitch Hurwitz cuts a deal he likes with the movie execs. I pray for this to happen nightly.

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Date: 2008-02-05 06:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flinkkamingo3.livejournal.com
I will join your prayer circle. That would pretty much make my life.

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Date: 2008-02-04 11:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] afrocurl.livejournal.com
I should go and rent Blade of Glory on DVD. I only saw it on my computer, but those two are great together.

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Date: 2008-02-05 05:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-spin.livejournal.com
Yeah, I kind of love Blades of Glory. Not nearly as funny as Anchorman or Zoolander and I really didn't love Will Ferrell in it, but the bit characters made the whole movie worthwhile. Like the Van Waldenburgs and Hector, the crazed psycho-fan. And the costumes are just un-fucking-believable.

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Date: 2008-02-04 11:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stephanierb.livejournal.com

Wait, there's a feud? I completely missed this. What's going on?

I loved Blades of Glory. I didn't watch the DVD extras but I also love Amy Poehler and Will Arnett. They're both hysterical and look so cute together.

How do you feel about magic realism? Isabel Allende and Gabriel Garcia Marquez are two of my favorites. I'm also a huge lover of Kurt Vonnegut and Joseph Heller. My literary tastes are all over the place but those authors are personal faves.

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Date: 2008-02-05 05:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-spin.livejournal.com
Oh boy, is there a feud! [livejournal.com profile] _jems_ is totally amazing and collected all the video clips here (http://users.livejournal.com/_jems_/328259.html) and here (http://users.livejournal.com/_jems_/330208.html), and then the last Conan clip is here (http://www.nbc.com/Late_Night_with_Conan_O'Brien/video/index.shtml#mea=213670).

Haha, I like Isabel Allende and GGM as well! Unfortunately I've read pretty much all their stuff. I've never read Joseph Heller, though. I will check him out.

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Date: 2008-02-05 12:18 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_jems_/
Haha, that's all kinds of awesome! Seems strange that Colbert would push his taping back so much, though. MAYBE THEY'LL DO CROSSOVER GUEST SPOTS! Here's hoping! (Seriously, if that happens I am going to do everything I can to be the one to translate the Conan episode.)

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Date: 2008-02-05 05:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-spin.livejournal.com



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Date: 2008-02-05 05:42 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_jems_/
But not even I could have predicted the Triple Threat of Too Much Awesome! Not to mention Tim Gunn! A perfect late night bonanza if I ever saw one. I'm so happy those guys all tape in the same city.

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Date: 2008-02-05 01:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] carminaburana.livejournal.com
How about books by Gary Shteyngart. Have you read Absurdistan? It's good and his first book (The Russian Debutante's Handbook) is even better. I highly recommend.

Right now, I'm hooked on mystery novels by Laura Lippman, particularly her Tess Monaghan series. Remember when we used to like female PI's? Here is one who won't make you mad!

Also, if you are into historical fiction, I read the Masters of Rome series by Colleen McCullough (of Thorn Birds fame) and it was so good that I was unable to watch HBO's Rome because of the show's historical inaccuracies. McCullough is a meticulous researcher and the books are just fantastic.


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