Monday, May 20, 2013

What We Like: 'Arrested Development,' 'The Great Gatsby' Game, the Bacon Backlash

By Whitney Phaneuf
Mon, May 20, 2013 at 7:52 AM

This is guaranteed to make you feel good about yourself for not being able to afford all the things at the online emporium of twee ModCloth (includes a Helvetica necklace and mustache-printed—and severely bowed—lingerie). — Azeen Ghorayshi

A bevy of Arrested Development-related errata for you:

1. Martha Stewart's Arrested Development-inspired menu in honor of the season 4 premiere (next Sunday!!!) Key line: "Man cannot live on hot ham water alone." Truer words never spoken.

2. Somewhere on his way to the Gothic Castle/Arsehole, Tobias got lost and found himself in the background of a number of random YouTube videos. Here's why.

3. Last but not least, an outpouring of neurotic infographics on the show's running gags, including one by NPR (in fact, it seems to me the designers must have what those in the soft sciences call, "The O.C. Disorder.") — Lenika Cruz

I just stumbled upon PBS's awesome new "Blank on Blank" digital series, in which the creators take "lost interviews" with various cultural icons and set them to animation. Wilt Chamberlain is my favorite, but the ones featuring the Beastie Boys and David Foster Wallace are also pretty great. — Luke Tsai

This seems like as good a time as any to point your attention to this (amazing!) Nintendo-style video game version of The Great Gatsby. Test your skills against the all-seeing diabolical Eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleberg, then decide for yourself whether this eight-bit adaptation is more faithful than Luhrmann's. — L.T.

Believers and scorners alike of the Internet-centric, tech-will-save-the-world creed should check out Evgeny Morozov's book, To Save Everything, Click Here, reviewed with just a touch of super valid criticism by Ellen Ullman at the New York Times (hint: click here). — A.G.

Apparently the bacon-backlash has begun. If this makes you feel all sad and confused inside, then you probably shouldn't read this, about Bacon Bacon's neighbors in SF asserting their rights to "alleviate the aroma of bacon." — A.G.

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