Rakoff on Allen on Nextbook.org

David Rakoff has just finished his three-week blog over at Nextbook.org after seeing 28 Woody Allen films in 21 days at the Film Forum in SOHO. Sorry I didn't send you over sooner because the posts are poignant and, for the most part, fun reading"¦ a trip through the past. YOUR past, if you're anything like me and carried these films around with you in your back pocket.

I used to live about two blocks from the Film Forum and remember wishing, for years, actually, that they'd bring in a Woody Allen festival of this sort. So what happens? NYC and I go through a messy divorce and the city celebrates its newfound freedom by sleeping with every film Woody ever made. Thanks New York! For all those years I paid your exorbitant taxes, put up with your otter-sized rats in my apartment, had to walk home from work in the rain because of a flooded subway, and watched as my cobblestone hood became a shopping mall, thanks for paying me back like this.

So to celebrate the end of the festival, I thought I'd dish out some Woody Allen trivia—a quiz for the Allen buffs in the _floss. The answers you'll find after the jump:

1) Which is the correct list of things that Isaac thought made life worth living in Manhattan?
a) Harpo Marx, the Yankees, mental_floss magazine
b) Willie Mays, Potato Head Blues, Edward Gorey
c) Tracy's face, Einstein's e=mc2, Groucho Marx
d) Groucho Marx, the apples and pears by Cezanne, the crabs at Sam Wo's
2) In Zelig, Woody Allen was photographed with what President?
a) Calvin Coolidge
b) Teddy Roosevelt
c) Woodrow Wilson
d) George Washington
3) In Annie Hall, Annie has a spider in her bathroom the size of?
a) her mother
b) a Town car
c) a Winnebago
d) a Buick
e) Edward Gorey

Answers: 1=d, 2=a, 3=d

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David Lynch's Amazon T-Shirt Shop is as Surreal as His Movies
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Dominique Faget, AFP/Getty Images

David Lynch, the celebrated director behind baffling-but-brilliant films like Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, and Twin Peaks, is now selling his equally surreal T-shirts on Amazon.

As IndieWire reports, each shirt bears an image of one of Lynch’s paintings or photographs with an accompanying title. Some of his designs are more straightforward (the shirts labeled “House” and “Whale” feature, respectively, drawings of a house and a whale), while others are obscure (the shirt called “Chicken Head Tears” features a disturbing sculpture of a semi-human face).

This isn’t the first time Lynch has ventured into pursuits outside of filmmaking. Previously, he has sold coffee, designed furniture, produced music, hosted daily weather reports, and published a book about his experience with transcendental meditation. Art, in fact, falls a little closer to Lynch’s roots; the filmmaker trained for years at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts before making his mark in Hollywood.

Lynch’s Amazon store currently sells 57 T-shirts, ranging in size from small to triple XL, all for $26 each. As for our own feelings on the collection, we think they’re best reflected by this T-shirt named “Honestly, I’m Sort of Confused.”

Check out some of our favorites below:

T-shirt that says "Honestly, I'm Sort of Confused"
"Honestly, I'm Sort of Confused"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with a drawing of a sleeping bird on it
"Sleeping Bird"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt that says Peace on Earth over and over again. The caption is pretty on the nose.
"Peace on Earth"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with an image of a screaming face made out of turkey with ants in its mouth
"Turkey Cheese Head"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with an odd sculpted clay face asking if you know who it is. You get the idea.
"I Was Wondering If You Know Who I Am?"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with an image of a sculpted head that is not a chicken. It is blue, though.
"Chicken Head Blue"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with a drawing of a lobster on it. Below the drawing, the lobster is labeled with the word lobster. Shocking, I know.

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with an abstract drawing of what is by David Lynch's account, at least, a cowboy

Buy it on Amazon

[h/t IndieWire]

S-Town Podcast Is Being Turned Into a Movie

S-Town, a seven-part podcast from Serial and This American Life, has all the trappings of a binge-worthy story. It all started when a man from the tiny town of Woodstock, Alabama asked a reporter to investigate a local man from a wealthy family who allegedly boasted he had gotten away with murder.

As for what happens next, “someone else ends up dead, sparking a nasty feud, a hunt for hidden treasure, and an unearthing of the mysteries of one man's life,” reads the 2017 podcast’s synopsis, without giving too much away.

Now, that riveting story is being turned into a movie with This American Life’s participation, IndieWire reports. Participant Media acquired the rights to the S-Town podcast, and negotiations are underway to get playwright Samuel Hunter and director Tom McCarthy on board. McCarthy is perhaps best known for directing and co-writing 2015's Oscar-winning Spotlight; he also co-wrote Up and was an executive producer and director for the controversial Netflix series 13 Reasons Why.

S-Town was downloaded over 10 million times over a period of four days after its release, and it received a Peabody Award for the radio/podcast category, according to IndieWire. Just last month, HBO and Sky announced they would be releasing a documentary series about Adnan Syed, the focus of the first season of the Serial podcast, which is developed by This American Life.

In case you missed S-Town when it premiered, you can go back and listen to it here.

[h/t IndieWire]


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