by Linda Holmes
• I absolutely cannot stand it when perfectly good writing is made into a needless, pointless, slow-loading nightmare of bad presentation, as it is in the Los Angeles Times feature asking people what they'd do if they ran the National Endowment for the Arts. Nevertheless, some of the responses are interesting, like Noah Wyle's. And, I happily point out, Neil Patrick Harris throws some love to NPR.
• One of the more disingenuous things I've read recently is this farewell post as Defamer closes down and is folded into Gawker. The "I never thought about the fact that I was so negative" argument rings slightly hollow when you work for a site that is called Defamer. I'm just saying. It takes a lot of effort to lose my sympathy when your outfit is folding, but...come on.
Broadcast television sputters and Bono has a few things to say about Coldplay, after the jump...
• The New York Times weighs in with another article about how broadcast television is on the ropes. If it means more Mad Men and fewer incarnations of C.S.I., I will not be crying salty tears, speaking solely for myself.
• We are so fickle. Just when you think the moviegoing public will, as represented by our thirteen-year-old ambassadors of popular culture, embrace anything with the Jonas Brothers and/or the word "3D" attached to it, Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience opens a little softer than Disney was hoping it would. Never underestimate Tyler Perry, I think, is the lesson. But take note: in general, movie attendance is way up.
• If you didn't know Tom Jones performed live at the NPR offices last week,consider yourself informed. As it happens, when I learned of the concept of the Tiny Desk Concert, my first thought was, "That would be an obvious way to showcase the still, small voice of Tom Jones," so I'm glad it came together. (I am lying, of course.) (But it's still very cool.)
• Last night's episode of The Amazing Race wasn't the most exciting, for reasons mostly not in the show's control, but host Phil Keoghan's blog is worth bookmarking if you're a fan of this generally much improved season.
• I don't normally take any interest in feuding, but I admit that my attention was grabbed by news that Bono had called Coldplay's Chris Martin both "a wanker" and "a cretin." I like the way the piece reads kinda, "I hate that guy. No, I really hate that guy. I hate that guy a lot. Just kidding, obviously."