Words Good! Read Now!: Volume One

- 07-22-12Cool Stuff Posted by Jason Tabrys

Hello kindly reader, how are you? Shh shh, let’s keep the mystery alive. Right now you are reading the first installment of a new column here on NerdBastards.com called Words Good! Read Now! Our goal: Deliver unto you a collection of high quality, thought provoking, and entertaining articles from all across the interweb. Why am I taking time out of my hectic and majestic life to write about other people’s words and suggest them to you? Quite simply, I love writers and I love words and if 100 of you read this and go read these articles and then maybe some of you recommend those articles… well, then that will be a decent amount of people reading these things. What, you thought I’d end with some kind of dramatic flourish? Blah, blah, blah — Words Good! Read Now!

Nick Offerman tells Sean O’Neal (The AV Club) about what it’s like to be a normal, easy going guy in Hollywood, not caring about the Emmy Awards, and how his massive (fake) penis got him work in the early days.  Click here for the article.

You are familiar with Nickelodeon’s green slime, yes? Check out the origin story of that slime with Matt Soniak’s report on Mental Floss. Click here for the article.

I’m a big fan of Rock-Docs, The Foo Fighters, and Rock and Roll history. I also like gourmet cupcakes. Dave Grohl’s directorial debut, Sound City, checks off three of those boxes and Jon Blistien — a reporter for the upstart indie music magazine Rolling Stone — reports on the progress of the doc that explores the history of the historic Sound City recording studio where Tom Petty, Nirvana, and several other legendary groups recorded some of the greatest albums of all time. Here is the link to this article, and here is a link to an article that will explain to you what an “album” is.

Lauren Davis (IO9) writes about the possibility of 3-D printers gaining the ability to “print” out prescription drugs. It’s a far off concept but it could change the world and save millions of lives by giving them faster access to pharmaceuticals. Read the article here.

Hannah Shaw-Williams from Bleeding Cool takes us on a tour of some of the most outstanding and imaginative crowd-funded films. Click here for the article.

Two (actually three) sad stories conclude this first installment of the column. Tom Davis was a comic legend. Working on SNL in it’s early days, Davis and his writing partner (now Senator) Al Franken created several legendary characters and helped establish and shape the show when it was in its infancy. Crix Lee wrote a wonderful piece about Davis’ career for GeekNation, (which you can read here) but Davis himself wrote a funny, easy going, and soulful estimation of his life amidst the dying. You can read that here, and it is the best thing I read this week.

The second (actually third) sad article is about the Aurora tragedy. Many writers rose in this horrible moment to deliver heartfelt and poetic articles. I don’t know how many of these have been written, and I don’t know how many more need to be, but Rich Johnston from Bleeding Cool summed things up about as well as anyone could. You can read his article — “Remember Denver, But Not the Killer” — here.

This concludes this week’s edition of Words Good! Read Now! If you have suggestions throughout the week, please feel free to email me at jasont@nerdbastards.com. If you have mean things to say, email Luke. 

 

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