April 29, 2006

"...reports said Richards fell out of a palm tree"

Of course he did. He's Keith Richards. It's what he does.

A hit before your mother was born

The Beatles could get a little bit weird, and it gave them (and their image) its edge.

Witness Magical Mystery Tour:
They were whacked out of their minds.

Without their proclivity for bizarre behavior, they'd have been nothing more than (which I still love):

You think Paul was maybe a bit more into it than the other guys? Lennon was cuckoo for coco puffs. You also wonder how many takes it took to get that. Could that have been the first take? The false ending makes me think it could be. Whatever the case, that's classic Beatles.

Magical Mystery Tour

April 28, 2006

The days of our Shaw's

When last we left Shaw's, the side display window, which had been covered, was now uncovered, but the main, front center display was now covered.
Uh, (throat clear)......voila! A festive, colorful summer fling has been flung, or something:
Stay tuned...

April 26, 2006

American Psycho, continued

I apologize for the delay. Tomb Raider: Legend (not bad!) is partly to blame.


"One of the major mistakes people make is that they think manners are only the expression of happy ideas. There's a whole range of behavior that can be expressed in a mannerly way. That's what civilization is all about--doing it in a mannerly and not an antagonistic way. One of the places we went wrong was in the naturalistic Rousseauean movement of the Sixties in which people said, 'Why can't we just say what's on your mind?' In civilization there have to be some restraints. If we followed every impulse, we'd be killing one another."

-Miss Manners (Judith Martin)
  • from American Psycho Vintage Books March 1991 paperback edition inlay

    Patrick Bateman must not have read "Miss Manners on Office Etiquette" from the November 6, 1989, issue of Fortune. Too bad for Paul Allen.

    Paul Allen's apartment

    (NARRATION): When I get to Paul Allen's place, I use the keys I took out of his pocket before disposing of the body...
    ...There is a moment of sheer panic when I realize that Paul's apartment overlooks the Park. And it's obviously more expensive than mine...
    ...I calm myself and move into the bedroom where I find his suitcase and start to pack. It's time for Paul to take a little trip. (END NARRATION)
    Patrick reveals a talent for mimicry when he changes Paul's message to one saying he'll be in London for a couple of days.

    Detective Donald Kimball (Willem Dafoe) pays Mr. Patrick Bateman a visit. It seems a missing persons report has been made concerning Paul Allen.
    "What can you tell me about Paul Allen?"

    The Harvard educated Patrick replies:
    "I'm at a loss. He was part of that whole 'Yale thing'."

    "Yale thing?"

    "Yeah, 'Yale thing'."

    Detective Kimball: What do you mean, "Yale thing"?

    Patrick Bateman: Well, I think for one that he was probably a closet homosexual that did a lot of cocaine. That Yale thing.

    "It's strange. One day, someone's walking around, going to work, alive, and then..."


    "People just disappear."

    "The earth just opens up and swallows them."

    "Eerie. Really eerie."

    Bateman ends the interview by telling Kimball he has a lunch appointment with Cliff Huxtable.
    Patrick works out while an inspirational video plays in the background.

    Bateman has to look good for his date. And what an evening he has planned.
    Not a good night to be working that corner.
    "Do you want to see my apartment?"

    "I'd like a girl, early 20s, blonde who does couples. Couples. Yeah, I really can't stress blonde enough. Blonde."

    Bangs is already wondering what she's gotten herself into.
    I'm Paul. My name is Paul Allen. Got that? You're Christie. You're to respond to only Christie. Is that clear?"

    The escort he's ordered arrives:
    "Not quite blonde, are you? More dirty blonde."

    Warning to any guest Patrick Bateman has over: If he walks towards his stereo to put on music and begins a diatribe concerning his opinions about popular music, RUN!!!

    "Do you like Phil Collins?"

    "I'm a big Genesis fan. Ever since the release of their 1980 album, Duke."

    "Before that, I really didn't understand any of their work. Too artsy. Too intellectual."

    "It was on Duke where Phil Collins' presence became more apparent."

    "I think Invisible Touch is the group's undisputed masterpiece."

    Patrick videotapes the whole thing. Oh, how sweet.

    He tells "Sabrina" not just to look at "Christie's" ass, but to eat it. Duh.

    Bateman's into watching himself in action, be it on video or in strategically placed mirrors. How sweet.
    Bateman politely points out the camera for "Sabrina". Awww.

    Patrick is practically doing himself at this point.
    Looking in the mirror.

    Looking into the camera.

    But no Patrick Bateman sex party is quite complete without a visit to his rusty, sharp sex toys collection. That's fair. He got his, now they get their's. He's thoughtful like that.

    I'm about an hour into it, so I estimate two more parts to come....