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Apple: America's best retailer in Fortune

By Apple and Asides

Apple: America’s best retailer in Fortune:

That’s what makes Apple such a hard study: The subject won’t sit still for its portrait. “I can’t even remember Apple without the stores,” says Jobs. It’s a statement of how integral they’ve become to the company; 8,000 of Apple’s 20,000 employees, he notes, work in retail. But it’s also a reminder that what we’re glimpsing are his taillights.


By Asides and Cinema

Boneheaded Academy Award Nominations (Scott Weinberg at Cinematical):

“Plus I just don’t like living in a world that calls Click an Oscar nominee.”

Amis answers Independent readers questions about the world

By Asides

Thanks to someone, probably Public Address, I was pointed at this, eminently quotable, article from a recent Independent where Martin Amis answers readers questions. One may not agree with anything/everything he says but one has to respect someone who uses words like “frictionlessly” and “gynocrat”:

Whats the worst thing that’s ever happened to you? NESA GARDEZI, by email

One day I returned home from a book tour in the US, and I noticed that the leading edge of the toilet roll in the bathroom wasn’t folded into an inviting V — as it was in all those American hotels.

Not only that. I then had a tedious five minutes issuing instructions about the new arrangement to my wife.

Tuesday Allsorts #3

By Asides, Cinema, Magazines and Music

Trying to get back to a regular posting schedule. Here goes:

Holy Hell, possibly the funniest thing in the world: Some deranged genius adds James Earl Jones dialogue from other movies to Star Wars. I shit you not!

The Be Good Tanyas live at The Barbican in London (reviewed in The Grauniad);

A.O. Scott in the NY Times (reg. req.) ponders why critics and public respond so differently, so often (I just watched POTC:DMC and can see both sides “complete shit” v “a $9 diversion with a few laughs”;

Amazon are in big trub for selling cock-fighting magazines – but that’s not all they sell… (thanks Gawker);

Bob Geldof gets a hard time for cancelling in Italy when 45 people turn up to the 12,000 seat stadium (“Harden up, Sir Bob!”) but let us not forget that he helped organise a benefit concert in Auckland when the Neon Picnic was cancelled in 1988 so he’s alright by me – the $1,500 a plate shindig in Auckland the other week is much harder to excuse.

Tuesday Allsorts #2

By Asides, Cats, Cinema, Cricket and Music

Alright then, while I am fiddling with css here are some links to amuse and alarm you:

  • Cat Piano – I love cats and and yet I still find this idea highly amusing;
  • Wim Wenders talks to MovieMaker magazine about what he’s learnt about making films;
  • Screenwriter John August on the influence of enthusiast, fan, media on the film-promoting and film-going process;
  • The wonderful Nellie McKay chats with the legendary Eartha Kitt for something called Harp (by the way Nellie just reviewed “Great Pretenders: My Strange Love Affair With ’50s Pop Music” by Karen Schoemer for the New York Times but that may already be behind their pay-wall);
  • George Bush learns to play cricket in Pakistan with Inzamam Ul Haq (who seems to have borrowed my beard). This is about the most engaged I have ever seen the man, perhaps he should try and run America while dodging bouncers.

There, all of these are weeks late but none the worse for that I shouldn’t wonder.