It’s with great coincidence that the book I chose to purchase for my transatlantic flight to London, was David McCullough’s 1776, the acclaimed author’s recent work about the Revolutionary War. But, maybe it’ll teach something to this American going to England shortly after July 4.
I’m sitting in the airport in Houston… I should have left Houston by 5:00 p.m., but my flight was cancelled due to weather. Then, the new flight was delayed by about three hours. So, I’ve been scrambling around the building, grabbing some oysters at Pappadeaux, buying some magazines to read, and trying to wrangle the Wi-Fi (apparently, I figured it out). I’m on my way to London, so that I can attend a festival in Oxford, called BritDoc. While I’m in England, SXSW’s Lya Guerra will be in Mexico, overseeing the presidential election protests. Or, she’s attending a film festival called Expresion en Corto. One of the two. I’ll let you guess. She’ll be among the American representatives in attendance, for what looks like a fun festival… including salutes to filmmakers Tim Burton and Gaspar Noe (doesn’t that sound like light-hearted dinner conversation?).
Anyway, while I’m airborne above the Atlantic, I wanted to share some links of stories I’ve been reading to pass the time in Terminal E:
– While much of the world focuses on Hezbollah and Israel, the latest issue of Newsweek has a compelling piece about the “African Taliban” setting up shop in Somalia. There’s also a great piece in Sunday’s New York Times about China moving in to Africa and building infrastructure where the U.S. is backing off.
– John Hodgman offers up a cool article in the New York Times Magazine, about the Asian horror film revolution, and some of the effects it has had in America. The piece is framed around the Pang Brothers’ first English-language production, which will be co-produced by Sam Raimi.
– Over at MTV News, James Montgormery has a play-by-play of YouTube’s first major lawsuit. Will it be the last?
– Tina Fey and Rachel Dratch are leaving Saturday Night Live, to focus on their new sitcom, reports the Associated Press.
– It’s really hot out these days.
– Lance Armstrong thinks Tour de France winner, Floyd Landis, is “damn good” according to Sports Illustrated and the AP.
– indieWIRE’s Jonny Leahan sits down with Albert Maysles, to chat about his classic documentary film, Grey Gardens. The film has inspired a special program, screening at the IFC Center this month. Speaking of the IFC Center, if you see this in time and live in New York, check out their special “Evening with Emily Hubley” on July 24. Hubley, a SXSW favorite, is an accomplished and exciting animator… get caught up on her impressive canon.
Okay, I think our flight is finally ready. I’m gonna go crack open 1776 and get ready for the U.K.