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I have something up on McSweeney's today called "Combo Platter."



I saw Lawrence Weschler last night at the Elliott Bay bookstore. He had with him a prototype copy of Omnivore, the magazine he wants to start. He's trying to raise moola for it. I hope he gets the moola and starts it, because I looked at the prototype and wow! Gorgeous! Sumptuous! Delicious! Beautiful full-color on almost every page. Thick smooth sexy paper. And top-drawer design. I had about three orgasms browsing through the thing. And the contributors? Ian Frazier, Jamaica Kincaid, Oliver Sacks, Ricky Jay, Errol Morris, David Hockney, Lawrence Weschler, other people I didn't recognize but that are probably awesome because Weschler has great taste.

You can read Weschler's prospectus for Omnivore here.

You can buy the prototype issue here.

Here's a recent conversation with Lawrence Weschler.


Quip Pro Quo

A DVD of the best episodes of You Bet Your Life was recently released. Here you can listen to a Morning Edition piece about the show.

Click here to listen to Groucho sing a song about window cleaning. He is accompanied by his good friend Harry Ruby.

Harry Ruby -- with his songwriting partner, Bert Kalmar -- wrote many classic songs, including "Three Little Words." Three Little Words is also the name of a movie about the duo in which Ruby is portrayed by Red Skelton and Kalmar is portrayed by Fred Astaire.

Kalmar and Ruby wrote many of the songs in the Marx brothers' movies, including Animal Crackers' "Hooray for Captain Spaulding." They also contributed to the scripts. In fact, they wrote the Marxes' funniest film, Duck Soup.