Tea With Chris: Melancholy Assemblage

Tea With Chris is a roundup of recommended links, posted every Thursday. Here are a few of our favourite things from the Internet this week:

Chris: I was excited to learn that Drew Daniel (half of Matmos, author of an incisive, camp and occasionally grotesque book about Throbbing Gristle) has joined Twitter, but even more excited to find his new blog of daily melancholia.

Carl: Just found out that Conan O’Brien does a web series called “Serious Jibber Jabber” where he has extended conversations with guests. I think it surprises me that he’s interested in that sort of thing. He always seems so quippy, so hop-along, on his own show. Here he talks to Jack White for 75 minutes. I can’t vouch for it as I haven’t watched it yet, but I vote for it in spirit. Like B2TW itself, it’s a little rearguard action to defend the extended attention span.

Close celebrity friendships are also kind of surprising, that they can exist in what often seems like Hollywood’s sincerity vacuum. I was even touched to hear on a Marc Maron WTF podcast the other day that Seth Green and Macaulay Culkin (“Mac”) are close friends.  My favourite thing about Matt Damon and Ben Affleck is each other. So you can only imagine how verklempt I get over Vulture’s history of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s decades-long mutual support, collaboration and affection.

And then of course there is this. Which is not actually surprising or moving but irresistible and possibly “Frank Sinatra Has A Cold”-style indelible. (Or maybe not.)

Now a few things that matter more than celebrities.

Venerable native activist and director Alanis Obomsawin’s film about the Attawapiskat housing crisis is streaming for free at the NFB site. #idlenomore

Did everyone know Hungary had been taken over by proto-fascists? I didn’t.

News report or lost Raymond Carver short story?

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