zucchini and hoppers and Kool-Aid
Two links, one not mine, one mine. The first--not mine, although I can only wish--is Gene Weingarten's incredible piece from the Washington Post on The Great Zucchini, the best piece of narrative journalism I've read in forever. (It is also VERY VERY VERY long, be warned. But worth it. Thanks to Warren Ellis for the link.)
The other's my review at Salon of Jaime Hernandez's Ghost of Hoppers. Not officially up yet, as of this writing, but I won't tell if you won't.
And I don't think I'm gonna get into some of the discussions of the Pazz & Jop results going on--I mean, I have strong opinions, but I don't have a sharp enough stick to poke into the hornets' nests right now, or reflexes fast enough to swat them--but I will say that if I'd heard the Bro Zone compilation last year (instead of discovering it thanks to Shayla a couple of weeks ago), it would very likely have made my top 10 list for the year. The very rare compilation of bands I mostly don't know where I kept grabbing the sleeve and going "hey, what's this? I like this! A lot!" Five bucks plus two for postage; you know what to do.