I've got two good links today.
The first will probably cause some of you to roll your eyes at me for several reasons, not least of which will be how long I will probably carry on about it, but to you eye-rollers I say SUCK IT, in advance, because this is my website.
Those of you who are not actually marinated in the minute details of Nine Inch Nails lore probably don't know that Trent "Nine Inch Nails is Trent Reznor" Reznor lived in New Orleans for something like 12 years until he sold his house to John Goodman and moved to Beverly Hills sometime last year. For the record, I'm pulling that number of years out of my ass, but it might be correct. Even though I know exactly how I could confirm that number, I'm not going to look it up, because I don't want to seem even more like a storage center for useless information about Trent Reznor than I already do, and I know you don't care.
Last weekend, my favorite rockstar ever headlined the Voodoo Festival, with all proceeds going to the reconstruction of New Orleans. He had a big hand in converting the festival into a benefit, and making sure that it took place in New Orleans, rather than being moved to Memphis this year. Also, while they were there, he and his crew were able to see and photograph some parts of the city which are still totally devastated. Living, as I do, in Prague with no television, and reading my news on the internet, I found their totally straightforward, nigh-uneditorialized presentation of their images to be some of the most useful reporting I have seen of what's going on down there. I can't believe that these images are from 9 weeks after the storm, and rescue workers are still looking for bodies in the rubble. Help is still needed, and there is a link to a donation site at the bottom of that page, if you are so inclined.
Those of you not steeped in Nine Inch Nails history probably don't know how totally unprecedented Trent Reznor's interest in things taking place outside his own (historically speaking, often tortured) brain is. I know some of you have rules about rock stars making political statements, and I'm pretty sure he's been breaking them left and right, lately. Moreover, I hear he's been wielding a blunt instrument of political imagery on his current tour, but I'd just like to add that as far as I'm concerned, if he really must do it, he can have a special dispensation to keep it up, because I agree with him, which, I know, is the worst reason in the world for a special dispensation. Please excuse my lack of rigor. Finally, I still can't believe how much I love that guy to absolute pieces.
Secondly, for the best summer movie review wrap-up in the history of cinema, go here.