What has Amy Sedaris been up to lately? We sent her a bunch of annoying questions to find out!
Mark Allen: I loved your books, I Like You and Simple Times: Crafts For Poor People. You've helped me rediscover googly eyes, politically incorrect ethnic food, elderly party advice, drunk guest tips and star wands. Is there a third book in the works?
Amy Sedaris: There isn't a third book in the works, but there is a fourth book. I've learned a lot since I Like You and Simple Times. I need a new grieving chapter with a few ceremony recipes. Also, I need a chapter on dental care [...]
1. Which do you find more exciting during a storm—the lightning or the thunder?
2. Would you be able to live alone if you were the last person on this earth?
3. If all of the possibilities were in place, would you eat the fish half of a mermaid?
4. Does violent punishment actually solve anything?
5. If you were to live in an isolated area, what would you want to have?
6. What is the shortest time you've gone from meeting someone to making up a story about having sex with them?
7. Do you tend to have many short-term relationships but never any meaningful long-term ones?
8. What [...]
"So, what about 'beg the question'? This is probably the most widely misused expression in the language. I don't propose to explain what it means. People with degrees in philosophy have no trouble understanding it. The rest of us find it virtually ungraspable. There are only two things you need to know about 'beg the question'. The first is that it is not the same as 'raise the question'—which is the expression the writer of the Johansson item should have used. The second is this: don't write 'beg the question' – ever."
"Could it be that the meteor descending through the atmosphere, having passed through the ionosphere, actually created a transient conductive connection between the ionosphere and the ground, even if it was only for a few seconds? Was that enough to put charge into the ground, and then with the discharge form some kind of plasma ball above?" —Queensland University of Technology astrophysicist Stephen Hughes asks probing questions about the not-well-understood phenomenon of "ball lightning," which has been posited as an explanation for the numerous reports of green fireballs seen rolling around the mountains west of Brisbane, Australia in May, 2006. This while a meteor shower lit up [...]
What to make of Asher Roth? The preppy white Pennsylvanian rapper has always seemed so easy to dismiss. So similar in style and content to a young Eminem, so comfortable with his marketing, so enthusiastic in his wearing of Docksides. But here, in the song "Toni Braxton," from his mixtape, Seared Foie Gras With Quince and Cranberry, he's found a beat that fits him just right-the bit of Willie Mitchell's "Groovin'" that RZA looped up to make GZA's "Liquid Swords" way back in, Jesus, 1995-and he does his thing very well. The cartoon video's fun to watch, too. Is there a future here?