Monday, February 18, 2019

John Jeremiah Sullivan's Next Book

February 4, 2020

"The forgotten history of a colonial-era Utopia resonates to the present day in this epic of narrative nonfiction in the tradition of David Grann's The Lost City of Z and Rinker Buck's The Oregon Trail

In 1735, charismatic German lawyer and accused atheist Christian Gottlieb Priber fled Germany, under threat of arrest, bound for colonial South Carolina. When he arrived, he sold his possessions and hiked 400 miles west, into the woods of what is now Tennessee. There, in the Cherokee village of Grand Tellico, Priber created a utopian society that he named Paradise.

For six years, Paradise was governed by a set of revolutionary ideas that included racial equality, sexual freedom, and a lack of private property. Most troublingly for the English, Priber spoke against colonialism itself. Many of his ideas - which he chronicled in a mysterious manuscript he called Paradise -- went on to inform the American and French Revolutions, as well socialist theory.

Priber's ideas were so subversive that he was hunted for half a decade and eventually captured by the British - making headlines in London -- and was imprisoned until his death. At that point, the only copy of his book was apparently burned.

John Jeremiah Sullivan brings this lost history to vivid life, immersing readers in the world of the colonies, 18th-century Native American life, and Enlightenment-era Europe with a vast body of research and his singular narrative gifts."

Previously on WDA:
Great Read - Pulphead by John Jeremiah Sullivan (January 2012)
John Jeremiah Sullivan - "My Debt to Ireland" (February 2012)
Big Air Snowboarding (February 2018)

Esquire's 1968 Muhammad Ali Cover Feature

Esquire – "The Passion of Muhammad Ali"
By Leonard Shecter

21 Savage On Being Detained by ICE

New York Times – "21 Savage on ICE Detention, the Grammys and His Uncertain Future"

Q: I’m sure you were spending a lot of time in your head.

A: I could have made myself go crazy. I think they really try to break you. It’s like we gonna put you in jail and we gonna make you fight your case the slowest you can fight it so that you just want to go home. Nobody want to sit in jail, especially if they don’t have the money to fight it and they ain’t been to court in three months.

Q: What do you think has happened in your life that gave you a different perspective?

A: It was what was at stake. It’s like, I got three kids, my mama, everything that I know is here in Atlanta. I’m not leaving Atlanta without a fight. We gon’ fight all the way till the last day even if that mean I sit in jail for 10 years.

Oscar Campaign Season

New York Times – "In Bid to Conquer Oscars, Netflix Mobilizes Savvy Campaigner and Huge Budget"

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The Legend of Zion

"Our grandkids will not believe the things we tell them about Zion." - Yahoo Sports

Ranking the Best French Fries

Los Angeles Times – "The official fast food French fry power rankings"

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Ranking the Best James Bond Movies

The Guardian – "James Bond on film – 007's best and worst movies ranked!" (August 2018)

* = Streaming on Netflix
# = Streaming on Amazon Prime

1. You Only Live Twice
1967 – Sean Connery's 6th role *

2. Goldfinger
1964 – Sean Connery's 3rd role *

3. From Russia With Love
1963 – Sean Connery's 2nd role

4. Dr. No
1962 – Sean Connery's 1st role

5. Casino Royale
2006 – Daniel Craig's 1st role *

6. Spectre
2015 – Daniel Craig's 4th role

7. Thunderball
1965 – Sean Connery's 4th role

8. Live and Let Die
1973 – Roger Moore's 1st role *

9. Skyfall
2012 – Daniel Craig's 3rd role

10. The Man With the Golden Gun
1974 – Roger Moore's 2nd role *

11. The Spy Who Loved Me
1977 – Roger Moore's 3rd role *

12. Octopussy
1983 – Roger Moore's 6th role *

13. Tomorrow Never Dies
1997 – Pierce Brosnan's 2nd role

14. Diamonds Are Forever
1971 – Sean Connery's 6th role *

15. On Her Majesty's Secret Service
1969 – George Lazenby's only role

16. Moonraker
1979 – Roger Moore's 4th role #

17. A View to a Kill
1985 – Roger Moore's 7th role

18. GoldenEye
1995 – Pierce Brosnan's 1st role #

19. The World Is Not Enough
1999 – Pierce Brosnan's 3rd role *

20. Quantum of Solace
2008 – Daniel Craig's 2nd role

21. Never Say Never Again
1983 – Sean Connery's 7th role

22. For Your Eyes Only
1981 – Roger Moore's 5th role

23. License to Kill
1989 – Timothy Dalton's 2nd role

24. The Living Daylights
1989 – Timothy Dalton's 1st role *

25. Die Another Day
2002 – Pierce Brosnan's 4th role *

26. Casino Royale
1967 – David Niven's only role

High Flying Bird

February 8, 2019
Written by Tarell Alvin McCraney
Directed by Steven Soderbergh
Starring André Holland, Zazie Beetz, Melvin Gregg, Sonja Sohn, Zachary Quinto, Kyle MacLachlan, Bill Duke

The Verge – "Netflix’s High Flying Bird improves on Steven Soderbergh’s iPhone experiment"

Andy Warhol Retrospective

New Yorker – "There’s Still No Escaping Andy Warhol"


The Ringer – "Malört, Chicago’s Celebrated, Foul-Tasting Liquor, Is Returning to Its Ancestral Home"

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Russian Doll

The New Yorker – "The Clever Thrill Ride of “Russian Doll”"
By Emily Nussbaum

"Scene by scene, it finds raw, affecting themes about mortality and grieving, and it has some legitimately cool plot twists. ... Russian Doll is propulsive and joyful."