- Dig if you will the picture: Scenes from “Purple Rain” then and now, via the Current in Minneapolis.
- This is great: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer on the value of reading literature, in general, and Proust in particular, in The New York Review of Books.
- Ken Levine, former comedy writer on “Cheers,” as well as (I believe) “The Tony Randall Show,” as well as (I'm pretty sure) a year as the Mariners color announcer, writes about “The comedy writing rule of 2s.”
- My friend Jim Walsh gives us 12 reasons he loved “Boyhood.” I'm particularly down with No. 7.
- In “Boyhood,” the father, played by Ethan Hawke, gives his son, played by Ellar Coltrane, a CD he compiled of post-Beatles Beatles songs: John, George, Ringo, Wings. Apparently it was a concept that started with Hawke, rather than writer-director Richard Linklater, but I particularly dug it because *I* always wanted to do it. That's how you get a new Beatles album, I always thought: Put the solo releases of the Beatles in one album. Apparently Hawke thought the same. Here's the playlist. The letter's not bad, either.
- Speaking of: Last month, Nathan Heller gave us a nice profile on Richard Linklater in The New Yorker. I finally got around to it. So should you.
- The Devault-Graves Agency in Memphis is publishing the first J.D. Salinger book in 50 years. Well, “book.” It's three of Salinger's early stories: two written before WWII, one during. My thoughts on them here.
- You know that famous shot of Sophia Loren eyeing Jayne Mansfield's boobs in a low-cut dress? It wasn't boob envy. There are other, better photos from that evening. Sophia is at turns stunned, disbelieving, amused. My favorite is the last: Sophia cracking up. Because ... what else do you do?
- Remember “End of Watch” from 2012 starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena? It made my top 10 list that year. No. 2, to be exact. Well, its writer-director, David Ayer, after a brief dalliance with Schwarzenegger, is back with a World War II movie starring Brad Pitt. Fingers crossed.
- Jeff Bridges throws out the first pitch at a Dodgers game. In classic “Dude” fashion, he bowls it.
- Long read of the week: Evan Osnos' excellent New Yorker profile, “The Evolution of Joe Biden.” Will the vice president run for president in 2016? Despite a life-long urge to hold the position, not to mention a fear of retirement, not to mention all that hasn't been done, you get the feeling ... no. He's probably a better man for it, too.