The One With Thought-Provoking Shiznit [Facebook Roundup Weekend]

I haven’t done Facebook Roundups in a few months, so I’m compiling the best items from the ROTI Facebook Page into a series of posts for this weekend.

In this final entry, I offer you an assortment of superb articles and videos that will expand your mind and fertilize your soul.

There’s only one place to begin: A Liz Taylor tribute, and while we’re at it, a Paul Newman tribute as well. Two insanely talented actors who also happened to be ridiculously good looking. Rest in peace, you two.

The New York Review of Books is easily the best periodical known to man, and not just for its academic bitch-fights in the letters section, or the most erudite personal ads you’ll ever read. The consistently superb writing makes the NYRB well worth the price. A recent issue contained a Janet Malcolm review of “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” that is hilarious, incisive, sensitive and thoughtful. It’s one of the best pieces of criticism that I’ve read in a long time.

Check out “Arms So Freezy,” a faux-academic analysis of Rebecca Black’s “Friday” as a radical text from The Awl. This is supremely well-done and hilarious.

She offers the camera a hostage’s smile, forced, false. Her smoky eyes suggest chaos witnessed: tear gas, rock missiles and gasoline flames. They paint her as a refugee of a teen culture whose capacity for real subversion was bludgeoned away somewhere between the atrocities of Kent State and those of the 1968 Democratic Convention, the start of a creeping zombification that would see youthful dissent packaged and sold alongside Pez and Doritos.

ROTI’s good friend The Business Casual turned up this matrix of Alfred Hitchcock death scenes. Shit gets real around the 2 minute mark.

This article, A Declaration of Cyber War, is the most interesting thing I’ve read about the Stuxnet virus — said of be of Israeli origin, and alleged to have derailed Iranian nuclear development.

If you find the Bernie Madoff story as fascinating as I do, you will certainly enjoy this article called The Madoff Tapes. The author managed to communicate with the criminal mastermind behind bars.

Mr. Plinkett’s Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith review completes a trilogy of brilliant efforts, ten times more entertaining than the films that they savage.

Check out this great edition of the always essential This American Life, entitled “DIY“.

“The Great Gatsby” as an 8-bit NES game. Surprisingly fun!

Goodnight Dune — this is ingenious.

Finally, Vladimir Putin will sing us off with his rendition of “Blueberry Hill.”

If you enjoyed this compilation, then join us at our page on Facebook, where good stuff like this is posted daily.

About Alpine McGregor
Just like you, man. I got the shotgun, you got the briefcase. All in the game, though, right?

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