Let's argue about it on the internet!

Mary Elizabeth Williams

Mary Elizabeth Williams
New York,
November 09
I work here. In my other incarnations, I'm the culture critic for PRI's The Takeaway, and my book, "Gimme Shelter" comes out from S&S 3/3/9.

Mary Elizabeth Williams's Links

OCTOBER 13, 2009 4:35PM

What are you going to be for Halloween?

Inspired by the story I wrote yesterday on sexy costumes... FOR DOGS I thought I'd ask: what are you doing this year, and what have you dressed up as in the past? Me?

Three years ago: Prada wearing devil.

Two years ago: Amy Winehouse.

Last year: Joan Holloway.

This year: Death… Read full post »

Turns out the best joke in the movie wasn't in the movie.

Video: Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt Cinemash "Sid and Nancy"

  Read full post »

Via today's UK Telegraph. Prepare for those "were we ever that young?" flashbacks!

The craigslist and Google ones really take me back.



 Wondering, by the way, what Salon.com was fourteen long years ago? I'd forgotten that cute "next" button!

And yup, here's what we lookedRead full post »

When I was a Village Voice reading a teen, I was addicted to two things: Lynda Barry's "Ernie Pook's Comeek" and Matt Groening's "Life in Hell."

They were funny and weird and often quite sad.

So when, a few years later, I heard that Groening was doing a series of animated… Read full post »

AUGUST 26, 2009 11:56AM

Ralphie's still shooting

Remember this kid? Star of the greatest, most quotable holiday movie ever? (And no, I will not bear any disptuing on this point.)

He's quietly toiled away as an actor all these years, with tiny parts in movies like "The Breakup" and "Four Christmases." Check it out. He's… Read full post »

AUGUST 25, 2009 11:23AM

Back to black: Amy Winehouse returns

In her first live appearance in over a year, Amy Winehouse took the stage  with the Specials at the V Fest this weekend.

She dressed the part in black and white checks, and belted out "You're Wondering Now" and "Ghost Town." I still love her. (And Terry Hall, for the record:… Read full post »

AUGUST 24, 2009 12:01PM

Here comes The Guild!

Well, August 25, anyway.

In the meantime, here's a little Whedon/Felicia Day love.  And it's got fellow Dr. Horrible vet Maurissa Tancharoen.

Felicia Day's avatar is soooo much hotter than mine.

  Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
AUGUST 19, 2009 10:38AM

TV to cry by

 A friend recently posted his most weep-worthy movie moments, and I realized I don't have that many. But television? Christ, when am I NOT crying?

I know there are others, but I don't watch "Lost" or "Torchwood" so this will have to do. Grab your hankies and give me yours.… Read full post »

Oh hell yes.

Seriously, if this doesn't bring a smile to your Friday, your Friday is unsmileable.


  Read full post »

AUGUST 13, 2009 3:10PM

Stewie: Yup, he's gay

My friend Rob Tannenbaum has an interview with Richest Person in the Universe Seth MacFarlane in the brand monkey-spanking new issue of Playboy.

In the story, MacFarlane reveals that The Sound of Music is his favorite movie, that he loves Nelson Riddle, and most, revealingly, that the erudite, homici… Read full post »

AUGUST 12, 2009 1:59PM

It's Angela Chase day!

Every episode of My So Called Life is now available on Hulu.

I give you all the rest of the day off.

It's funny watching this now, as a mother of two young daughters who say things like, "You look beautiful, mom. Like a cheerleader." 

I have become Bess Armstrong.… Read full post »

Kiss your loved ones and prepare for the end of times, for surely this is one of the signs.

Sadly, Fabio doesn't actually sing, which would be the only way this could possibly get any weirder.


  Read full post »

It's the most wonderful time of the year -- Shark Week!

I love this venerable Discovery Channel tradition. Anything that involves the phrase "frenzied waters" is pretty much a sure thing in my book. Shark specials! Shark news! Why sharks are like serial killers!

Hell yeah!

And lest you think… Read full post »

JULY 31, 2009 1:53PM


I guess when enough of the other guys die, Ringo Starr starts looking better and better.

(In truth, gentle reader, when I was a kid, Ringo was my hands down fave. Because I'm awesome.)

First, in 500 Days of Summer manic pixie dreamgirl Summer reveals, adorably, to her new love… Read full post »

JULY 30, 2009 1:40PM

How's it Coen?

I'm not a raging Coen brothers fan like some folks. I don't overidentify with The Dude; I'm only meh on the "O Brother Where Art Thou?" soundtrack.


I do absolutely unabashedly adore "Blood Simple," one of the darkest, most twisted, and beautifully shot movies ever made.

So I'm rather intrigued… Read full post »

JULY 29, 2009 1:19PM

Classic movie posters, reimagined

I love love love TCM's "Summer Under the Stars" and their elegant, quirky new takes on classic films.

I'm not saying this isn't good:

magnificent seven poster

But I do like the fresh take.


Check out all the beautiful artwork at TCM, and then ask yourself why contemporary movie… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
JULY 29, 2009 7:30AM

Need a little more "Glee"?

Theater nerd says BUST YOUR WINDOWS! Love hurts, but TV is great.

And it gets better -- FOX has moved the season premiere up a week, to September 9. 

I feel like dancing.


  Read full post »

JULY 27, 2009 1:55PM

You know you want it: Tron 2


 I'm not sure if I could explain it to anybody significantly younger but... if you were a teenager in 1982, Tron was very likely the first thing that turned you into a big computer nerd.
Well that and Pong.
Ergo, this is a moment twenty eight years in… Read full post »
JULY 27, 2009 12:28PM

Madmen yourself!

 You know the two weeks and counting anticipation is killing you. But if you can't see it, be it.

I think the photo from last Halloween explains why I love this so.

Folks, avatar thyselves.



232323232fp53649>nu=3367>553>545>WSNRCG=3239--;46;9;-nu0mrj Read full post »

JULY 23, 2009 12:06PM

Art and Armstrong

There's a lot to love about Lance Armstrong's Stages project.

Currently on exhibition in Paris, the Stages project has brought together several of the top artists in the world to raise awareness -- and money -- for the fight against cancer.

I'm perpetually enamored of Cai Guo-Qiang, and his sun-color… Read full post »

JULY 22, 2009 12:29PM

Get your Jamba Juice on?

I'm not much for blueberry smoothies or whatever, but I am a fan of David Rees's dark and brilliant webcomic  Get Your War On. (I've been quoting the line "This dude is wearing a really fucked up jacket -- can I cap him?" for nine years now.)

Apparently Jamba Juice  likes… Read full post »

 The Boys announced today via their website that they have to postpone their summer tour and new album because sing Adam MCA Yauch has a rare form of cancer of the salivary gland.

The message today was as direct, real, and suprisingly full of wit as anything you'd expect from… Read full post »

Frankly Chipotle, I find your cuisine mediocre at best.  But MAD PROPS for this promotion!

Throughout July, the chain has been hosting free screenings of the film "Food Inc." at various locations around the country. Takeaway quote from Chipotle founder and CEO Steve Ellis, "I hope all our custo… Read full post »

JULY 16, 2009 10:46AM


Best revelation of today's Emmy nominations? My own 2007 Salon sexiest men living, Flight of the Conchords, are up for Best Comedy.

But while I'm delighted that bespectacled, deluded Jermaine gets his own best actor nod, let us pause for a moment to give a little love to small and bumpable… Read full post »

JULY 15, 2009 2:35PM

Tom Coburn WISHES he was this cool

 You sir are no Desi Arnaz.


  Read full post »