Facebooking the Dead, RIP Trolling, and Mourning in the Online Age is up at Grantland. They let me get morbid sometimes, which is very nice.
Raffi was an orphan who had been kidnapped by two strangers. He lived in their basement and slept under a photorealistic painting of a litter box. They fed him $6 minestrone soup from Citarella and excellent goat cheese, but only gave him diet Vitamin Water to drink (the green tea flavor). This led Raffi to the conclusion that they were artisans and psychologists. He hated them.
RIP Levon Helm.
I have a piece in the second installment of the Grantland quarterly! Perhaps more importantly, the book contains this poster. Neither more nor less importantly than the first item but certainly less importantly than the second, there will be a reading at Skylight Books next Monday evening with the elusive Molly Lambert, whose readings are just like her Flickr stream, but even more effervescent. ...