Ding! Dong! The
witch king is dead!
I’m a few days late on this, but for those of you who haven’t heard, the most reprehensible inbred brat in television history got whacked at his own wedding. For the back story from the show perspective, I would recommend reading Entertainment Weekly’s interviews with Jack Gleeson, George R. R. Martin, and David Benioff/Dan Weiss. Naturally, the Internet had to chime in, here are a few responses via Twitter [full disclosure/shameless self-promotion: some of the tweets are mine]:
And last, but certainly not least – here’s a clip of Tyrion slapping Joffrey around for 10 minutes, set to Led Zeppelin’s “Achilles Last Stand.”
Posted: April 5, 2014 in In Memoriam, Music, Pop Culture
Tags: Alice in Chains, Grunge, In Memoriam, Kurt Cobain, Layne Staley, Music, Nirvana, Pop Culture, Seattle
Today marks the 20th and 12th anniversaries of the deaths of Kurt Cobain and Layne Staley. Take some time to reflect on them, their music, and their individual legacies.
Beyond these links and videos, if you want to know more about both of them and the broader Seattle scene in general, I would highly recommend reading Greg Prato’s Grunge Is Dead and Mark Yarm’s Everybody Loves Our Town.
Posted: April 3, 2014 in Music
Tags: Alice in Chains, Grunge, Jerry Cantrell, Layne Staley, Man in the Box, Mike Inez, Mike Starr, Music, Sean Kinney, Seattle, William DuVall
Paul Rachman, the director of Alice in Chains‘ breakout “Man in the Box” video, has posted this photo on Twitter of him with the titular character from the video. According to another tweet by Rachman, the character was played by a friend named Rezin.
You can view Rezin in all his creepy glory at the end of the video:
Watch this video of teenagers reacting to Nirvana… One thing worth pointing out is the fact that even though they were all born after Cobain’s death, the reactions to “Smells Like Teen Spirit” were pretty similar to when my friends and I were that age when the song came out in 1991.
h/t Mark Yarm
Posted: March 21, 2014 in Music, Pop Culture
Tags: Daft Punk, Joy Division, Led Zeppelin, Lego, Music, Pop Culture, The Beatles, Tupac, Tupac Shakur
Ever wondered what your favorite bands might look like as Legos? Now’s your chance.
In terms of the look/accuracy of the figures, my personal favorites are Daft Punk, Tupac, Joy Division, The Beatles, and Led Zeppelin.
Posted: March 20, 2014 in Bush Administration, Foreign Policy, International, Investigative, National Security, Terrorism
Tags: 9/11, Black Sites, Central Intelligence Agency, CIA, Foreign Policy, International, Interrogations, National Security, Poland, Terrorism, Torture, War on Terror
Fascinating reads in Global Post and the Washington Post about the history and location of one of the CIA’s infamous black sites in Poland during the early years of GWOT.
Check out other reporting about black sites from the New Yorker, the Daily Beast, and the New York Review of Books.