the shroud of the thwacker (hi, i read gothamist too)

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The book debut from the Get a Life and Cabin Boy star is billed as a parody, but this murder mystery wrapped in laughter is simply straight-up enjoyable. Jack the Jolly Thwacker is leaving dead bodies all over 1882 New York City. Chris Elliott, a modern-day researcher, is tracking the serial killer through time. Elliott's wry humor fastens on the burgeoning, Boss Tweedified city, giving it a hilarious and vividly imagined set of anachronistic technologies and accoutrements (New York's Mayor Teddy Roosevelt, who has mysteriously disappeared, has a navel piercing). The narrative leaps back and forth in time, as 1882 police chief Caleb Spencer chases the Thwacker through the streets, and Elliott, convinced the killer is from the 21st century, chases him through time. Elliott's ability to time travel is facilitated by Yoko Ono (don't ask) and a willing suspension of disbelief, but the results are very amusing (if often infantile in the style of There's Something About Mary), with asides on every page that bring in everyone and everything from Typhoid Mary to Skyy Vodka. If Shroud feels like an extended, Americanized Monty Python skit, it's also a rousing good yarn.

glasgow coma score (Jody Beth Rosen), Thursday, 13 October 2005 17:49 (twelve years ago) Permalink

speaking of python (sorta), this is also on my fall reading list:

http://images.amazon.com/images/P/1560256788.01._SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg

glasgow coma score (Jody Beth Rosen), Thursday, 13 October 2005 18:02 (twelve years ago) Permalink

my god. i am so happy for chris elliott!!

s1ocki (slutsky), Thursday, 13 October 2005 18:13 (twelve years ago) Permalink

chris elliott's the best. looks like he's well on his way to out-stevemartining steve martin.

glasgow coma score (Jody Beth Rosen), Thursday, 13 October 2005 18:19 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I have that grail book!

tokyo nursery school: afternoon session (rosemary), Thursday, 13 October 2005 18:36 (twelve years ago) Permalink

have you read it yet?

glasgow coma score (Jody Beth Rosen), Thursday, 13 October 2005 18:38 (twelve years ago) Permalink

yeah, I bought that, the Dare Wright bio, and The Sexual Life of Catherine M.

It is entertaining enough, especially if you have read the whole Holy Blood, Holy Grail business

tokyo nursery school: afternoon session (rosemary), Thursday, 13 October 2005 18:44 (twelve years ago) Permalink

http://suicidegirls.com/words/Chris+Elliott/

amon (eman), Thursday, 13 October 2005 22:41 (twelve years ago) Permalink

twelve years pass...

DNAInfo and the entire Gothamist set of sites appears to have been immediately iced, all links lead to this from Ricketts

https://assets.dnainfo.com/message.html

Per this tweet:

Breaking: @DNAinfoNY and @Gothamist were just shut down, a week after newsrooms voted to unionize. Story coming shortly.

— Andy Newman (@andylocal) November 2, 2017

Full story:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/02/nyregion/dnainfo-gothamist-shutting-down.html

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 2 November 2017 21:14 (two weeks ago) Permalink

fuck the cubs

mookieproof, Thursday, 2 November 2017 21:18 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Aww man, I liked dcist

curmudgeon, Thursday, 2 November 2017 21:23 (two weeks ago) Permalink

r.i.p. my old sfist posts

sarahell, Thursday, 2 November 2017 21:24 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i still have my jpgs though

sarahell, Thursday, 2 November 2017 21:25 (two weeks ago) Permalink

deleting the archives with no warning is breathtaking assholery

mookieproof, Thursday, 2 November 2017 21:25 (two weeks ago) Permalink

granted they redesigned the sites a bunch of times, and the archives weren't that thorough as of late. (at least iirc)

sarahell, Thursday, 2 November 2017 21:28 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Billionaire Ricketts will be getting a nice tax cut that I'm sure he will use to bring them back (not).

curmudgeon, Thursday, 2 November 2017 21:29 (two weeks ago) Permalink

When I sat in on Chicago bail hearings, the only one in the gallery who wasn't family was a local DNAinfo reporter. https://t.co/nd0Bx5w1Cq

— Matt Ford (@fordm) November 2, 2017

Simon H., Thursday, 2 November 2017 23:07 (two weeks ago) Permalink

deleting the archives is class war (not kidding)

it me, Thursday, 2 November 2017 23:57 (two weeks ago) Permalink

seems that it is viewable again

chinavision!, Friday, 3 November 2017 19:06 (two weeks ago) Permalink

my habitual bored-at-work "G-O-T-return" keystrokes continue unabated

chinavision!, Friday, 3 November 2017 19:07 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Walmarts done this for decades, Sam Walton explained in his 1992 book why ideological opposition to unions was profitable in the long run. https://t.co/KqsVofnT7F

— Adam H. Johnson (@adamjohnsonNYC) November 4, 2017

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 4 November 2017 09:34 (two weeks ago) Permalink

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-business/wp/2017/11/09/a-d-c-jazz-singer-started-a-blog-to-replace-dcist-the-sites-billionaire-owner-is-threatening-to-sue-him-for-100000/?utm_term=.3a543fe19a71

Aaron Myers was furious when he heard that Joe Ricketts, the billionaire founder of the D.C. local news blog DCist, had abruptly shuttered the site after employees voted to unionize. Myers, a 34-year-old Dallas native who has been active in D.C.’s jazz community since he moved here in 2008, says he saw the move as an affront to the community.

So he bought the DCistNow.com domain name and on Monday launched a local news blog of his own.

...Ricketts does not appear to have the same enthusiasm for Myers’s idea. On Wednesday Partridge Partners, an intellectual property law firm that said it represented DCist’s parent firm DNAinfo, contacted Myers requesting that he cease and desist....The letter said Myers’s blog may also violate the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act, a 1999 law that concerns deceptive domain names. The firm said Myers may be liable for $100,000 in damages not including attorneys’ fees.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 9 November 2017 19:42 (one week ago) Permalink


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