S4TW: Dory Previn, January Jones, and the Russian Meteorologist

December 12, 2014

(Welcome to Something for the Weekend.  Some Infinite Guest stuff, some not Infinite Guest stuff.  Thank you.)

COOL INFINITE GUEST THING: Karina Longworth wrapped up her excellent two-parter on Mia Farrow in the Sixties for You Must Remember This, which touches on The Beatles, UFO hunting with a high Peter Sellars, and singer-songwriter Dory Previn, whose husband Andre left her for Farrow.  Andre also looks like Eugene Mirman, which is not the focus of the episode at all, because that would be dumb.


BIG BREAKS AND BABY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE: On The Soundtrack Series, musician AK talks about growing up on movie sets but missing her big break in a January Jones western.  Dana Rossi also mentions the creepier-every-year “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” which gave me all the excuse I needed to do this.  I immediately regretted this.

BIGFOOT AND BUCKETS: A Tiny Sense Of Accomplishment welcomes author Sharma Shields to read from her forthcoming novel, The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac, and writers Shann Ray and Kevin Taylor to talk trash about basketball.  Highly entertaining.

FLORIDA: Florida has a reputation for being, well, you know, Florida.  (A lifetime of reading Dave Barry and Carl Hiaasen has led to this conclusion.)  On Home Dunk, John Moe talks with the Tampa Bay Times’ Will Hobson about the practice of using unpaid, homeless men to sell beer at football games.  Florida!

COOL NON-INFINITE GUEST THING: This New Yorker photo feature on Russian meteorologist Vyacheslav Korotki is a thing of beauty, and presents the only possible advertisement for cigarettes that I can find appealing: You have built your own boat by hand, and you are surrounded on all sides by nothingness.  Now what?