Eats for Endorsement

A new feature in which I recommend the work and websites of people who buy me dinner. Today’s entry: Thomas Florek!

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Songwriter. Filmmaker. Humanitarian. Thomas Florek seems determined to make the world a better place – by any means necessary. Already he’s turned to such extreme methods as documenting philanthropic bike rides, making a feature doc about semi-obscure singer Jack Stock, and creating yarncore video Gangsta Knitter. He achieved the latter with his colleague Doug, with whom he forms the duo Tom and Doug. Florek is a supporter of the Christmas Resistance Movement, and if I recall correctly wrote a holiday jingle called “I Maxed Out My Credit Cards For You,” which I can’t seem to find on his web site. Most recently, his philanthropic nature led him to buy me a dinner of Indian haute cuisine at Devi. Thanks, Thomas!

Would YOU like to be featured in Eats for Endorsement? Then buy me dinner. My email address is at the bottom of the middle column, the one with the pictures linking to my movies and cartoons and stuff.

Courage

“Don’t be embarrassed. Especially if you write humor….We all have our kinks (I’ve got all their albums!), our weirdness, our neurosis and our strange ideas–God knows you could fill a city with mine–but most people are afraid to admit to them for fear of being laughed at. Well, you’re writing humor, so that’s the point?….My whole life I’ve hated conformity and everybody trying to act like everybody else. You know what? Act and write like who you are. Don’t be ashamed of yourself. Your wierdness is what makes you special. Share it. Embrace it. If someone doesn’t like it or is offended by it, then fuck them. Why would you want to be friends with a flat out asshole like that anyway?”

Marty Wombacher

Links for Lunch

A new feature in which I recommend the work and websites of people who buy me lunch. Today’s entry: Gordon Fitch!

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Gordon Fitch is a friend to artists. He’s a friend to me, a friend to my friend Signe, and a friend to all the other artsists whose work he put on the interwebs long before everyone and their cow had their own web site. Veterans of Usenet may know Gordon from his devastatingly witty and well-thought rants and arguments. I’m still waiting for him to collect a “best-of” anthology of his Usenet essays so I can read them all. Also he writes short stories, but I can’t find a public link to them on his website so maybe he wants to keep them secret. Yesterday Gordon bought me lunch twice: first, french fries and onion rings at Coney Island, then watercress dumplings, rice flour rolls with mock ham and coriander, and snow pea leaves dumplings at Vegetarian Dim Sum House in Chinatown. Thanks, Gordon!

Would YOU like to be featured in Links for Lunch? Then buy me lunch. My email address is at the bottom of the middle column, the one with the pictures linking to my movies and cartoons and stuff.