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Friday, June 17, 2005
It's Friday, so a few random notes.

- Joan Jett and the Blackhearts' "You Don't Know What You've Got" is probably the best song anywhere ever. I thought it was on Bubblegum Machine, which woulda been nice because they archive everything, but no such luck. It's fantastic though.

- We are now of the opinion that Katie Couric and Matt Lauer play industrial shows in their spare time. (Rumor has it that Matt is the man behind Pigface, but these are nebulous.) Katie is the drunken skeeze of a manager stumbling around the bar and accosting people who just came in to use the bathroom, Matt dresses in business casual and drinks motor oil and spits it on the audience. Dude is fucking hardcore. I mainly imagine them doing this in 169 Bar, for some reason.

- Excerpt from a Publisher's Weekly interview with Klosterman that ties in nicely to my riff on A Supposedly Fun Thing below.

PW: Are there any rock journalists who have had particular influence on you? Lester Bangs seems like a natural reference point.

CK: The first time I ever read anything by Lester Bangs is when my first book was compared to him. I used to read Spin and Rolling Stone growing up, but I was never that interested in rock critics. I think there are some rock critics who are great writers, some of the smartest people I've met, but I don't feel like they've influenced me in any way. I feel a little weird saying that, though, because it sounds arrogant.

PW: So who has influenced you?

CK: David Foster Wallace seems to be one of the only writers able to be very intellectual, almost overtly academic and laugh-out-loud funny at the same time.
(thanks George)