In Which More Links Flood the Zone of the Place Where Your Heart Should Be

Every Link Is Moving You Up

by Alex Carnevale

With Hillary stealing a highly probable win in New Hampshire last night, her machinations to get that state to save her really paid off. She had already hired pretty much everyone in New Hampshire, and she barely won. Big victory.

Since it’s no fun to be the front-runner, this probably one helps Obama. And now that we’ve left the all-white hell of New Hampshire, it’s onwards and upwards.

Still, all this election stuff has us thinking about who the new trendy political mastermind is. If Leonardo DiCaprio can play Joe Trippi, Karl Rove should probably start angling for James Earl Jones.

Karl Rove‘s Proust Questionnaire:

Who are your favorite writers?
In alphabetical order: Jorge Luis Borges, Gabor Boritt, Ray Bradbury, G. K. Chesterton,

T.S. Eliot

Winston Churchill, David Herbert Donald, T. S. Eliot, Joseph Ellis, Gary Gallagher, F. A. Hayek, Paul Horgan, Paul Johnson,

Tom Lea, C. S. Lewis, Abraham Lincoln, John D. MacDonald, David McCullough, Merrill Peterson, Robert Remini,


John D. MacDonald

Andrew Roberts, William Shakespeare, Adam Smith, Alexis de Tocqueville, Evelyn Waugh, and Robert Wiebe.

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
Travis McGee or Borges himself. (Was he real? Or not?)

Who are your heroes in real life?
The men and women who volunteer to go into harm’s way wearing the uniform of our country’s military.

What do you most value in your friends?
Honesty and loyalty.

What is your most marked characteristic?
Energy and precision are tied.


The Oakland A’s rebuild.

We will be naming our favorite small press chapbooks of the year on Friday, but I have already received the early front-runner for the best chapbook of 2008. It’s from Buffalo’s Cuneiform Press. Kyle Schlesinger is a genius and makes phenomenal books, I can’t wait for the Ted Berrigan book they’re doing.

Women are never front-runners.

Lake Bell in Esquire.

A former classmate walked the wrong way into a tattoo parlor:


Death of a bloggeur.

Apple Macbook touch.

The phenomenon of trout pout.

The death of DRM.

Your feelings about speed limit enforcement.

Ron Paul for oil. Is he a racist?

From the annals of Gluttony.

Likening There Will Be Blood to Ace in the Hole.

DVDs of the year.

Don’t sing if you live uptown is the lesson we learned here.

Eminem hospitalized.

Crazy Hunter S. Thompson stories.

SJP lookin’ scary.

Looks like Heigl wants out of Grey’s Anatomy.

Jess on the crazy Jamie Leigh Jones story.

“The World Turned Upside Down” – Coldplay (mp3)

“Four Horsemen of 2012” – Klaxons (mp3)

Quentin Richardson and Lil Wayne’s paramour Lauren London, who was the girl Turtle briefly dated in Entourage

“Tha Blues” – Lil’ Wayne (mp3)

“Grown Man” – Lil’ Wayne (mp3)

Wayne writing for Dre.

It’s fun to eat cake.

Dick Morris knows as much about politics as I know about partial birth abortion.

Kanye West plays Connect 4 with Beyonce.

You really should make a backup.

StoryQuarterly’s Love Story Contest.


Alex Carnevale is the editor of This Recording. He lives in Manhattan.


The Late Greats.

It’s Hard to Find a Friend

Malcolm Gladwell talking baseball

Vintage ads, via Bedazzled:

The BlahBlah

Trash Menagerie

Hate Something Beautiful

Comfort Music


Bernadette Mayer and our double secret picture collection.

Speculating about political futures.

Possible remedies for trouble sleeping.

Evelyn Waugh (right) with son and grandson

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